Ten volunteer groups and families that have cleared litter from county roadsides through the Adopt-A-Highway program for 20 years were recognized at a recent Washington County Board meeting.
The county began its highway program in 1991. An initial 36 groups began collecting litter from 78 miles of county roads. Now the program has grown to 119 groups collecting litter and trash along 252 miles of county roads. Last year, nearly 800 bags of trash and litter were collected. Work by volunteers saves taxpayers more than $82,000 in maintenance costs annually, the county has determined. Recognized for 20 years of service were:
• Elim Lutheran Church, which cares for County Road 3 (Olinda Trail) between County Road 52 and 195th Street;
• Peetron Bush School, which cares for County Road 55 (Norell Avenue) between County Roads 4 and 7;
• Tri-Lakes Improvement Association, which cares for County Road 13 (Olson Lake Trail) between County Road 35 and County Road 6;
• Youth Service Bureau, Inc., which cares for County Road 11 (Otchipwe Avenue North) between County Road 5 and Hwy. 96;
• First United Methodist Church, which cares for County Road 12 (75th Street) between County Road 15 and Brick Street;
• St. John’s Masonic Lodge, which cares for County Road 55 (Norell Avenue) between County Road 7 and Hwy. 61;
• Lake Elmo Lions Club, which cares for County Road 15 (Manning Avenue) between Hwy. 5 and Manning Trail North;
• Kern Family, which cares for County Road 21 (St. Croix Trail) between County Road 78 and 122nd Street;
• Whistling Well Farm, which cares for County Road 21 (St. Croix Trail) between County Road 20 and County Road 76 and County Road 76 between Hwy. 95 and County Road 21;
• Coldwell Banker Burnet, which cares for County Road 16 (Valley Creek Road) between Woodland Drive and County Road 13.
Groups and families that have adopted highways for 10 years are Ascension Church; Building Services and Property Records and Taxpayer Services from Washington County; Afton Tree Works; Krueger’s Sprucegate Farm; Mariners 4-H Club; Trudeau Families; Warner Nature Center; Mike, Russ and Budd Bludorn; Bailey Road Neighbors; P B and J Mudd Club; Sego Family; Keller Williams; Woodbury Days Royal Family, and Kris and John Miller.
St. Croix region
River cleanup heads awareness events
A week long celebration and cleanup of the St. Croix River and its tributaries is planned for July 13-21. The St. Croix River Association started the event in 2010.
River cleanup is the most popular event of River Awareness Week, but the association encourages organizations to sponsor water quality workshops, art projects and parties along the river banks.
The St. Croix River is one of the cleanest tributaries leading into the Mississippi River, but high levels of phosphorus and invasive species among them have hurt water quality in recent years.