Another successful shoreline cleanup of Simms Park and its waterways was organized by Project Watershed and took place September 29th on BC Rivers Day. An intrepid crew of 11 braved the weather and collected 22 kilograms of garbage and one bag of recyclables as part of the week-long Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Cookies and juice, along with interesting conversation, finished off the event under the gazebo while we tallied up the morning’s harvest. A bicycle helmet and urine sample bottles constituted the most interesting objects from our efforts.
With the exception of “dog poop bags” which continue to get thrown in walkway vegetation by lazy dog walkers, we were pleased to note the decrease in litter and hazardous materials from previous years.
Other groups, including the Comox Valley Kayaks crew and the 20th Street Gang from the Tides, were also active picking up litter along the Courtenay River on Rivers Day. With strong determination and effort the paddlers even managed to remove two shopping carts from the waterways.
Many thanks to all the caring folks that participated.