Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Meet up Saturday, Sept. 26, to clean up the Harrison area

Some of the volunteers at the 2014 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Harrison Hot Springs included Janne Perrin (at left)

The Miami River Streamkeepers Society, with the help of the Harrison Yacht Club, is once again volunteering to organize a clean-up in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC). We hope that you will take part. It takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Village Plaza.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a grassroots, direct action, conservation program supported by the Vancouver Aquarium. It takes place all across Canada during the month of September. This is a participant-driven event whereby volunteers, such as our group, register to coordinate shoreline clean-up events in their local community. For more information on this national initiative, please visit the program website at www.shorelinecleanup.ca or phone 1-877-427-2422.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of this program, which originated in 1994 when volunteers from the Vancouver Aquarium cleaned the beaches around Stanley Park. Prior to this communities in B.C. joined to celebrate Rivers Day cleanup, a movement founded by Mark Angelo in 1980.

We are learning more every day about the dangers posed to our wildlife, water resources, human health, and our environment by the excess of shoreline debris and inadequate management of recyclable material around the globe. Figures for B.C. indicate that last year’s shoreline cleanup resulted in the removal of 42,279 kg. of litter.

Please join us for this important event on Saturday, September 26th, to assist in keeping our shorelines clean. Register at the Harrison Lake Plaza at 10:00 a.m. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring used bags & gloves. Large garbage bags & disposable gloves will be available on site. All litter picked up by volunteers is itemized and weighed and the results submitted to the GCSC. You will be assigned a specific area to patrol. Participants are asked to sign a waiver form.

For individuals who have small boats or canoes, we will be using the canoe & kayak launching site at the south end of Maple Street to pick up litter in the Miami River.

Joining the Miami River Streamkeepers at the Plaza will be representatives from GVRD WildSafe B.C. and the Fraser Valley Invasive Plants Council, along with volunteers from the Harrison Yacht Club who are assisting with the event this year. For additional information please visit our web-site at www.miamiriverstreamkeepers.ca

Submitted by the Miami River Streamkeepers Society