Here at Elco, we are passionately invested in keeping our world’s water sources clean. Fortunately, we’re neither the first nor the only people to think this way. This week’s Waterway is the St. Croix River. Starting in northwestern Wisconsin, this 160-mile river makes up part of the boundary between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The concern with keeping this river clean started early, as the St. Croix River Improvement Association was founded in 1911. Until 1989, these volunteers worked to keep the river navigable and pollution-free, as well as to secure federal protection. It was one of the original eight rivers to have portions protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Today, the St. Croix is a National Scenic Riverway under the protection of the National Park Service.
Despite its protected status, the St. Croix is a popular recreation spot. Boating, fishing, canoeing, and camping are common activities along the river, and state parks, quaint towns, and scenic highways can be found on both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides. A great blend of eco-friendly spirit and recreation, just like the Elco Electric Propulsion motor. Safe travels!
For more information about the St. Croix River, visit http://www.nps.gov/sacn/index.htm