Many communities throughout the U.S. have put in motion initiatives designed to promote green living and sustainability.
The City of Jefferson, along with Jefferson County government, local businesses and active citizens have taken action investing in a variety of green-related measures.
Evidence of Jefferson’s dedication to the environment is shown through its designation as a Tree City USA. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in a combined effort with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, the Tree City USA program recognizes urban and community forestry programs for their devotion to improving the sustainability of the area.
Currently, 3,216 communities have been appointed as a Tree City USA, with over 500 having received a Growth Award, which recognizes environmental improvement in communities.
The benefits to becoming a Tree City USA are endless, and range from the increase of public awareness in related issues and educational opportunities to financial support for corresponding projects.
The City has also instituted an excellent residential recycling program through John’s Disposal Services, Inc., with many area businesses incorporating recycling programs into daily operations as well. What’s more, with Jefferson’s ongoing development measures, the local government and dynamic citizen organizations have worked diligently to propose and secure land-use restrictions in order to safeguard the city’s natural and wildlife areas. The Rock River is home to one of the only “fish ladders” in the state.
These fish ladders, also called fishways or fish passes, are structures around artificial barriers that allow successful migrations of many varieties of fish.