Chippewa River Walk Gives Safety Ideas

By: Lindsay Veremis
By: Lindsay Veremis

The recent drowning of a UW La Crosse student, Lukas Homan has university faculty in Eau Claire looking for ways to make their campus safer.

UW Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich led a walk along the Chippewa River Friday afternoon to identify the dangers and suggest ways to make the area safer for students.

He says the walk is all about prevention and making sure the tragedies that happened in La Crosse, don't happen here.

"We got the tragic news about what happened in La Crosse not long ago and actually had an executive staff meeting the next day to find out what we were doing to make the river safe," Levin-Stankevich said.

The river walk brought together faculty, students and community members to identify the areas along the river that need the most protection.

"We're just going to start here at the foot bridge and kind of work our way down to the arena, clearly the area around Water Street and the back of State Street are a major concern because that is where we have a lot of traffic," Levin-Stankevich said.

Police say they're already making progress, a volunteer student safety patrol walks the Chippewa River every weekend.

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