For one week in September, people across Canada will join together to take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC) to create a healthier community by cleaning up local rivers, streams and shores. Mississaugans can roll up their sleeves on Saturday Sept. 21 at three cleanup sites across the city.
The first site, led by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), is at Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. Volunteers at this site are asked to meet in the parking lot behind the public library, adjacent to the football field and near the splash pad. Garbage bags and gloves are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring extra. Volunteers for this site can register at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.
The second site, led by a group of community volunteers, is at Lakeside Park, 2266 Lakeshore Road West, south of Royal Windsor Drive. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers for this site can register at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.
The third site, led by Peel Environmental Youth Alliance, is J.C. Saddington Park, 53 Lake Street. This site is for youth volunteers only (ages 13-24).Cleanup activates will run from 2 to 5 p.m. To register for this site, email Brad Allen at [email protected].
“Healthy shorelines are the mark of a healthy environment and healthy community,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “I encourage Mississaugans to take part in the cleanup and give back to their community and their environment.”
Shoreline litter is one of the biggest threats to lakes, rivers, oceans and other waterways. Litter can travel great distances from sidewalks to rivers and can ride water currents down stream. Litter can break down into smaller pieces, wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. By cleaning up rivers and shoreline, everyone benefits from a clean and healthy environment.
The cleanup, developed ten years ago by the Vancouver Aquarium, began on a local level but has since grown into a national phenomenon with groups participating across Canada. The GCSC has since become the largest contributor to International Coastal Cleanup, a global effort to remove harmful litter and debris from shorelines.
Cleaning up trash along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
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 almost 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.
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