The City of Janesville extended an invitation to join the Health Monitoring Committee, one of two committees being formed as part of the Janesville Comprehensive Brownfields Program, last Friday, May 18, as a river afficionado and Rock River Trail Initiative founder. After a very good meeting, a little research was in order for the Rock River Trail’s comprehensive plan and website on Janesville’s two dams, the Centerway Dam in downtown Janesville and the Monterey Dam on the south side of Janesville. Of particular interest was the Monterey Dam because of recent modifications that closed off a side pool in danger of breaking through to the mainstream because of the current. During the course of meandering around, a few new friends were made.
Pictured below left: Members of the Janesville Fire Department practice water rescues and self-water rescues, out practicing rescue drills in the Rock River below the Monterey Dam. Fire Department Lt. Christopher Lloyd explained about 10-15 river rescue calls occur each summer. In fact, two have already happened, with the last involving a car going into the Rock River. Lt. Lloyd said given the uncertainty of boating and a fast-moving river, rescue firemen had to be able to handle “self-rescue” in the river if they fell in or were swept away by the current. Janesville should be proud — these firemen were a professional, friendly, good group of men. Each one of them handled the drills very well, and with good, low-key humor.