Sections of the lower St. Croix River are running higher than normal for this time of year. Be prepared and cautious if venturing out on the river, and watch for debris and other obstacles in the water.
Beginning in 2013, water will no longer be available at McDowell Bridge Landing, Riverside Landing, and the Marshland District Office on Highway 70. Please plan accordingly and bring an adequate supply of water.
Fire Training Exercise
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270
Training Burn Scheduled for May 8
The St. Croix Falls Fire Department will utilize a structure located at 410 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls for a training exercise on Saturday, May 8. The controlled burning of the structure will allow local firefighters to enhance their expertise in areas such as live fire entry, search and rescue techniques, and other aspects of structural fire suppression. The structure will ultimately be burned to the ground upon completion of training activities.
The National Park Service acquired the residence in 2009 with intentions of removing it, allowing the property to be utilized for future expansion of facilities and to address surface water run-off issues associated with the adjacent parking area.
“Local fire departments rarely get the opportunity to burn down structures. This is a way to provide valuable, realistic training. It could possibly save lives by the lessons that they learn,” said Chief Ranger Bob Whaley of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
Presumed asbestos containing materials and other hazardous building components have been removed from the structure.
The training exercise will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until early afternoon.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
For additional information on the Riverway, please call (715) 483-2274.
Did You Know?
Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.