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Protect the Water — Rock Against the Pipeline

  • Janesville, Wisconsin (map)

If you live in Wisconsin and love the outdoors, you know our state offers beautiful forests, rich farmland, glacial lakes, pristine rivers, and more. What you may not know is that Wisconsin is also home to the world’s largest tar sands pipeline, which bisects the state in a corridor running from Superior to Delevan. Enbridge, a $126 billion Canadian company with a terrible safety record, wants to expand its pipeline network throughout the Midwest to transport tar sands from the Canadian boreal forests to the Gulf Coast, likely for export.

With the existing pipeline corridor and the addition of a proposed new pipeline, more than 2 million barrels of tar sands oil will flow through Wisconsin each day, endangering our land, water, and communities.

On June 24, people across the state will gather at four PEOPLE ON THE PIPELINE events to enjoy some of the special outdoor places threatened by Enbridge’s pipelines. Each event will offer fun recreational activities and an opportunity to learn about the precious resources Enbridge puts at risk and ways we can protect them.

If you live in or near Rock County, come on out for a march to protect the Rock River!

What: Protect the Water—Rock Against the Pipeline
When: 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Courthouse Park, Janesville (bordered by S. Atwood Ave., E. Court St., S. Wisconsin St., & E. St. Lawrence)
Contact: Rock County WiSE,, (608) 531-8091

The Rock River begins in Fond du Lac County and flows southwest, emptying into the Mississippi River at Rock Island, IL, bisecting Rock County along the way. We'll march along the river, pausing on two bridges spanning it, to message the people with our signs, banners and critter hats. We'll start at Upper Courthouse Park in Janesville at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at the same location around 1:30 p.m. Marchers are encouraged to bring signs about protecting the river.

Do we value the Rock River? Is safe, clean drinking water important? Are we willing to endanger our river and the tourism jobs it sustains to boost a Canadian company’s profit margin? Do you think the Rock County public should have a say?

Join us on June 24 to make your voices heard!

Earlier Event: June 24
Pedal on the Pipeline