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Students from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and other UW System schools took to  Lake Michigan this summer to clean up trash in the water and along the shorelines in a new trash skimmer boat and remote controlled drone purchased with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The two-hulled catamaran and Pixie Drone remote-controlled trash collection system gathers litter and debris from Sturgeon Bay and the Fox, Ahnapee, Kewaunee and Manitowoc rivers. UWO also purchased two stationary bins to passively capture trash in smaller areas.


The large project aimed at preserving water resources critical to the vitality of key Wisconsin communities also involves the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin and collaboration with the Council of the Great Lakes Region National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris project.

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