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Low water due to Monterey Dam removal work in July has exposed muddy shorelines throughout the park. Groups are planning to clean up the Rock River area by Monterey Park.

JANESVILLE

Local and state groups are organizing a cleanup along the Rock River in Janesville next month.

The city of Janesville will work with UW-Whitewater students and other groups such as the Rock River Stormwater Group and Protect Wisconsin Waterways to clean up the area near Monterey Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 8.

The local effort comes with the larger push to clean spaces along the river in 34 communities spanning 320 miles, according to a news release.

The Rock River itself is 284 miles long and runs to Rock Island, Illinois, where it meets the Mississippi River.

“The Rock River is an asset to the Janesville community,” the release states. “With the Monterey Dam having been removed and the environmental restoration of the river underway, this is a great opportunity to clean up this area of the river.”

Questions about the event can go to UW-Whitewater professor Andy Dahl at 262-472-6950 or dahlaj18@uww.edu.

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