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Sierra Club promotes more environmental protection in La Crosse area



La Crosse is trying to set an example, calling on Washington, D.C., to continue clean-air standards in American cars.

The Sierra Club hopes to see the clean car campaign spread, as part of its overall environmental mission. Coulee Region Sierra Club board member Avery Van Gaard says Madison has taken a similar stand against the rollback of pollution standards.

“These standards are very important and there’s a reason they were put in place,” Van Gaard said. “It doesn’t seem right or reasonable that they’re possibly going to be rolled back.”

Van Gaard also talked of high traffic areas affects on people.

“You can tell, when you’re walking by a heavily trafficked road, the air quality is significantly worse there,” she said. “People with asthma will do significantly worse there just walking down that road.”

Van Gaard added that the Sierra Club is becoming active in social programs, beyond just appreciation of nature.

The clean-car campaign was endorsed by La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat last week.



A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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