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Rod, gun helps begin Eau Galle River restoration

ELMWOOD -- Members of the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club saw the detoriating status of the Eau Galle River and decided to take action.

Therefore, proceeds from their wildlife banquet in October will help go toward the renovation of the river as the club will assist the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the project.

Club Treasurer Steve Galoff explained because there's a lot of sand in the banks, when high water comes, erosion results, which damages fish habitat in the river, specifically trout.

Galoff added this is the club's first attempt to help restore the river and members plan to make this a long-term solution. The first stretch they want to work on (with landowner permission) is the property behind the Elmwood Schools.

"We gave the presentation and received very positive feedback," Galoff said. "We anticipate board approval this month."

As a result, the club hopes to start on that stretch July 1.

In addition to the Eau Galle project, the club has bought trees for replanting in the community, along with the local American Legion has sent two children to Badger Boys State and given the opportunity for additional children to go to a wilderness camping trip at UW-Stevens Point.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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