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Be Part of the Solution

People Earth Water, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on educating people in the viable and evident methods of cleaning and maintaining Earth's waterways.
Our goal is to make the world around us a cleaner, safer place. Join us today.

What We Do

Operating through all four seasons of the year, we roll up our sleeves and kayak, raft, float, hike and even snowshoe along waterways picking up trash and recyclables piece by piece for proper disposal. Interested in lending a hand?
Pollution is an issue that affects us all. Because of this, we hold a variety of community building events throughout the year to increase awareness and involvement in communities throughout the Midwest. Join us for info, friends, food and fun!
As a non-profit organization, the funds we raise are used for disposal costs of non-recyclable trash, transportation expenses, volunteer gear and supplies. Monetary and in-kind gifts are greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference.
Whether it's providing kayak safety instruction to new volunteers or doing a presentation for a local Girl Scout troop, education is an essential way to generate excitement about caring for our waterways. Want to increase your pollution IQ?


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Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! 
Our volunteers are the heart, soul and muscle behind People Earth Water and we'd love for you to join our team.
There are many ways for volunteers to get involved and we'll work with you to find the activities that best suit you. No special skills or equipment needed -- we just need you! 
Participate by:
  • Kayak, canoe or raft while picking up litter during clean-up events.
  • Hike along shorelines collecting trash during clean-up events.
  • Run vehicle shuttles or prepare food for volunteers during clean-up events.
  • Help organize or participate in fundraisers and community events.
  • And so much more...
Want to get involved?
  • Wolf River
  • Peshtigo River
  • Red River
  • Wisconsin River
  • Manitowoc River
  • Sheboygan River
  • Fox River
  • Menominee River
  • Milwaukee River
  • Pike River
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Winnebago
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Pigeon Lake
  • ...and more are added each year
Our clean-ups help preserve fish and animal life, restore the beauty of our waterways and discourage people from littering in the future.
Join us for one (or all!) of our scheduled clean-ups. Follow us on Facebook for our current event schedule.
Recurring clean-ups have included:
As important as the physical waterway clean-up events are, spreading awareness of the issue is also vital. 
People Earth Water organizes and participates a number of community building events throughout the year in an effort to inform and generate awareness about the impact of pollution on local waterways.
Follow us on Facebook to get dates for these and other annually occurring events:
  • Cato Falls Throwdown (Spring)
  • Peshfest (April)
  • Manitowoc Subfest (July)
  • Frankfest (August)


floating trash
6.5 million tons of litter enter the world's water-ways each year. 50% is long-lasting plastic that will drift for hundreds of years before it degrades.
-- United Nations Environmental Program
collected garbage
In America, 40% of the rivers and 46% of the lakes are polluted and are considered unhealthy for swimming, fishing or aquatic life.
-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
garbage from river clean-up
Approximately 81% of littering is done with intent, either by someone dropping, flicking or flinging the piece of trash in question.
-- Keep America Beautiful


Help us continue our mission to clean and maintain Earth's waterways. 
Your generous gift will help us pay the disposal costs of non-recyclable trash, cover fuel expenses, acquire volunteer gear and supplies, and purchase educational materials.
In-kind gifts are also greatly appreciated.
Our in-kind wishlist includes:
  • used or new kayaks or rafts
  • paddles, PFDs and helmets
  • kayak/raft trailer
  • printing services
Contact us for more information regarding making an in-kind donation or becoming a sponsor.
Clean stream
Environmental awareness is an integral part of our mission. By teaching our friends and neighbors that our waterways are fragile and indispensable we can begin fixing the problems that threaten them.
People Earth Water, Inc. strives to inspire others to take responsible action to protect our waterways. Whether it's a casual conversation at one of our community building events, an educational pamphlet or a presentation for a school group or service organization, we consider it our responsibility to grow environmental awareness and illustrate how people affect the rivers and lakes in their own communities. 
Contact us for more information or to schedule a People Earth Water speaker for your group.
Our volunteers' develop a deeper appreciation for our natural environment. Rolling up your sleeves and picking up waterlogged and muddy trash one piece at a time brings the pollution problem home in a way that can't be experienced through dry statistics or presentations.

Education and Awareness

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Other Ways to Donate

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#1 Pick Up Loose Trash

Cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles and plastic bags are prevalent in parking lots and along roadsides and can easily make their way into waterways. Please pick up litter and always be sure to dispose of refuse properly.

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#2 Don't Flush Medications

Sewage treatment plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals or OTC meds from water. Check into your local drug take-back program to properly dispose of unused medications.

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#3 Don't Use Salt to De-Ice

If de-icing is part of your winter regimen, consider alternatives to using salt products. Salt run-off is causing toxic levels of chloride for aquatic life and affecting water density and oxygen levels which impacts entire ecosystems.

Water-friendly Tips


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