La Crosse determining how to best clean lead out of the La Crosse River Marsh

The City of La Crosse is still determining how to best clean up the La Crosse River Marsh.

The Board of Public Works voted Monday morning to move forward and determine how to best clean up lead left behind by trap shooting clubs.

La Crosse’s mayor says they will gather more information regarding the issue and present options in the future. Part of the issue, according to the mayor, is a lack of lead level standards.

“To not know what that level is makes it almost impossible to know when you have cleaned it up to the DNR’s satisfaction, and that’s been part of our struggle with the DNR all throughout this process is it seems like the finish line keeps changing here,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

Mayor Kabat also says the next step is to determine the actual lead level and how it’s impacting the marsh’s ecosystem. Some of the initial cleanup proposals from the Wisconsin DNR could cost millions of dollars.

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