Ho-Chunk Nation Employees launch Highway 54 cleanup

By Ardith Van Riper

     Nearly two dozen Ho-Chunk Nation employees and one volunteer began roadside cleanup alongside Highway 54 near Black River Falls on Wednesday, April 14.  The cleanup is part of the Adopt-A-Highway program through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

     Per the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website, “WisDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program is the official coordination system for generous volunteer efforts that remove trash, recyclables and litter from roughly 11,800 miles of state, federal and interstate highways.”

     Groups of two or three individuals undertook different areas of Highway 54 between Red Iron Road and the Andrew Blackhawk Memorial Powwow Grounds.

     The Ho-Chunk Nation provided volunteers with garbage bags, gloves, safety vests, water, and transportation. 

     Due to the 35 degree weather, random sprinkling rain, and limited time, the cleanup was not complete.  Tentatively, cleanup resumes on Earth Day, which is Thursday, April 22.