Last summer Goodhue County Commissioner Linda Flanders helped produce a “Mighty Mississippi Cleanup” effort at Co. Rd. 18 and Sturgeon Lake Road after complaints from Welch residents.
Once Flanders found out the Mississippi River was #6 on the most endangered river’s list, she began a public awareness campaign producing 5 short videos on the need to clean up the river. Last September about 50 volunteers cleaned up the site.
Flanders says she and City Council member Becky Norton presented the project at the Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference in December.
Flanders says she is hoping the Mighty Mississippi Cleanup Challenge that runs from April 15th-May 15th, will spur communities along the river to join in with their own efforts.
During their February 27th meeting, the Red Wing City Council voted to officially support the river clean up project.