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Marsh improvements and possible clean-up reviewed at City Hall

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse is asking the state for money to help improve the La Crosse River marsh. 

The park board has approved a request from the DNR for funds which would be added to money already set aside by city leaders. 

“We already have the funds all set up for this project,” said park department staffer Leah Burns. “We’re just looking for approval here so we can apply for a grant to maximize our funding for this project.”

That project would include efforts to reduce invasive species in the marsh, and cut down on the loss of native plants resulting from frequent marsh flooding.    

On Monday, the board of public works looks at options for possibly removing lead shot from the bottom of the marsh. 

The lead accumulated over decades, when a gun club allowed target shooting along the river. 

The options range from doing nothing, to a plan for dredging the marsh which could cost around $30 million or more.

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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