September 16, 2014 – For one week in September, Canadians join together to take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC). This annual event restores communities by cleaning up local rivers, streams and shores.
- On Sat Sept. 20, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) in partnership with PEYA (Peel Environmental Youth Alliance) will host a youth shoreline cleanup from 1 to 4 p.m. at Eldorado Park. This event is for youth (ages 13-24) and is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours. Volunteers are encouraged to bring friends. Light refreshments and snacks are offered. Garbage bags and gloves are provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring extra. Email CVC’s Adam Wilford at [email protected] to register.
- Two shoreline cleanups are planned for Mississauga. The first, led by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), begins on Sat Sept. 20 at JC Saddington Park in Port Credit. Volunteers are asked to meet at the pavilion near the intersection of Front St S. and John St S. at 9 a.m. Garbage bags and gloves are provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring extra. Light refreshments and snacks are offered. The second cleanup, led by Greening Sacred Spaces, takes place on Sat Sept. 27 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School located at 4205 Woodington Dr. Volunteers are asked to meet in the school parking lot at 10 a.m.
- On Sat Sept. 27, Orangeville residents are encouraged to come out and help clean up shorelines. The cleanup, led by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), is held at the Tramner property, accessed off of Quarry Dr. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. in the parkette on Quarry Dr. Garbage bags and gloves are provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring extra. Light refreshments and snacks are offered. Volunteers can register at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.
Warmer weather brings visitors to explore shorelines. Waterways accumulate litter and garbage, threatening lakes, rivers and oceans. Debris breaks down into smaller pieces, harming wildlife and marine ecosystems. Everyone benefits from a clean and healthy environment when waste is removed from local rivers and shorelines.
“One day of shoreline cleaning is a small amount of effort to beautify our communities and ecosystems,” says Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “I encourage volunteers to take part and help restore our valued green spaces and waterways.”
Ten years ago, the Vancouver Aquarium developed the cleanup project on a local level. Since then, it has grown into a national mission with groups participating across Canada. The GCSC has become the largest contributor to International Coastal Cleanup, a global effort to remove harmful litter and debris from shorelines.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Cleaning up our shorelines.
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