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Letter: River cleanup efforts proving ineffective

10:47 PM, Feb. 20, 2013  |  Comments

It was good to see the river cleanup under way after waiting 22 years to see something being done. Some of this work, however, we noticed last fall was doomed to failure.

Birdhouses installed along the river at the wayside located just west of town out Indiana Avenue would never withstand the yearly ice flows that occur there. Recently, two predicted warm spells produced ice flows that sheared off all the birdhouses and carried them downriver.

There seems to be a recurring problem with government top to bottom. Federal "experts" come in, develop plans for projects without local expertise, which results in money poorly spent and innovative solutions to real problems unresolved.

River sediment contamination is only half the problem in this area. Bacterial contamination of beach water, caused largely by migratory birds on beaches and in storm water retention ponds, goes unresolved. The old technology being used to keep gulls off beaches and out of the marina are now overexposed and, as a result, only marginally effective.

Storm water pond contamination goes unresolved. My company (Greatlakes Avian Pest Control), located here in Sheboygan, has developed the most effective equipment available in the world today for gull abatement. However, there seems to be no interest here in real solutions, which we see is wasting taxpayer money.

Jeffrey J. Schukow

Sheboygan

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