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Iron Conservation District welcomes summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janet Rohde   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:42 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—Summer has finally come to Iron County, and the Iron Conservation District has welcomed Debbie Bendick and Don James as summer staff members. Bendick joins as a summer office assistant, and James joins as a Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) boat washer operator.
The Iron Conservation District is providing free boat washing and information services to the boaters at area lakes. The Clean Boats Clean Waters boat washer program is made possible through funding administered by the USDA Forest Service by a grant provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Always remember, before leaving a lake remove all water, plants, mud and anything else that might harbor invasive hitchhikers.  Following these simple steps will help to ensure that the waters remain healthy for all who enjoy, visit,and live in and around the waterways of Iron County Michigan.
If you would like to see the boat washer visit your lake, or know of special waterway events, please contact Jennifer Ricker at the Iron Conservation District to schedule the CBCW Boat Washer at 906-875-3765 or contact her at
Join the crew of the CBCW Aquatic Invasive Control Team as it works with the MDEQ on June 6 and 7 at the Chicaugon Lake boat launch to spread awareness about the threat of invasive species. Outreach efforts will take place at many other Iron, Gogebic and Ontonagon County lakes, as WePIC partners and lake association volunteers join the effort. If you would like to also join efforts to spread awareness of invasive species, please contact the Iron Conservation District.
To learn more, come to a free workshop sponsored by the Iron Conservation District on Friday, May 30, at 1 p.m. at the Iron County Courthouse. The program will include CBCW informational aquatic invasive materials. Walk-ins are always welcome, but an RSVP is appreciated.
Clean out your garage, and make room for summer toys. The Iron Conservation District’s annual recycling drive will be held in the Crystal Falls Township parking lot, on the corner of U.S. 2 and U.S. 141 on Saturday, June 7, from. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
‘We will be accepting hard bound books, soft cover books, newspapers, magazines, office paper, computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, radios, small appliances, just about anything with a cord or a microchip, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, steel, tin, old metal siding, wiring, cast iron and galvanized pipe, metal doors, metal fencing, automotive parts, stoves, washers, dryers, appliances, (refrigerators and air conditioners must have Freon or refrigerant already removed prior to drop off), bikes, motorcycle & vehicle batteries, tires on a rim,” said Ricker. Rimless tires will be accepted for a fee of $3 to cover disposal cost.
For more information regarding invasive species, WePIC, Clean Boats Clean Waters, the recycling drive or other conservation activities, contact the Iron Conservation District at 875-3765, on the web at, email: or find us on Facebook.