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La Crosse may try to get head start on marsh clean-up project

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City leaders in La Crosse have committed to spending another $200,000 toward cleaning up lead in the La Crosse River marsh.

But why wait until a consultant is hired?

Monday, the city’s Board of Public Works passed an amendment calling for some preliminary study before an outside expert is brought in.

Jim Flottmeyer from the La Crosse Parks, Rec. and Forestry Department said the early work could help meet requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“We’d be needing to do it anyway, but it may help us better identify some of the things we need to do during the remediation,” Flottmeyer said.

Broken clay targets and lead shotgun pellets have been in the marsh for years, because of trap shooting at Myrick Park.

La Crosse’s interim Director of Engineering & Public Works, Matt Gallager said starting the inspection soon could help narrow the scope of the project and save money.

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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