Brice Prairie Conservation Association

Preserving Lake Onalaska and the Black River Bottoms

Annual Lake/River Cleanup: Upper Pool 7

BPCA originated and still participates in this spring event which has now become a county-wide event coordinated by River Cleanup La Crosse to remove trash and litter from Lake Onalaska and other locations along Pool 7 of the upper Mississippi River. This event is scheduled for the second Saturday in May, but may be altered if floods are expected. Consult River Cleanup La Crosse for updated information. On cleanup day, BPCA and Brice Prairie EMS & Rescue staff the upper Brice Prairie landing to coordinate cleanup volunteers and boats, and arranges for garbage pickup at the landing by the Town of Onalaska.

boat load of trash

One crew's haul of garbage from the 2007 cleanup

For River cleanups, volunteers are asked to meet at the upper Brice Prairie boat landing by 8 am. Bring warm clothing, boots, and gloves (for picking up wet items). For the next cleaup, we hope to be expanding our efforts upriver into the Long Lake area near Trempealeau.