Take Spring Cleaning Outdoors at Rattray Marsh

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Credit Valley Conservation

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March 30, 2016 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will kick-off its 2016 Volunteer Workday program with the annual Rattray Marsh Spring Clean-up, scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. This event is held in partnership with the Rattray Marsh Protection Association (RMPA), a community group dedicated to protecting and educating the public about Rattray Marsh.

“This public clean-up brings the community together to help care for Rattray Marsh,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation for CVC. “This space is well-loved by surrounding neighbours and the broader community. In fact, it is our most highly visited conservation area. Now that spring is here we can get out and remove some of the waste that has built up over the winter.  Everyone is welcome to participate including local residents, students, environmentalists, service groups or families looking for outdoor activity.”

Each year CVC and the RMPA team up for the annual community clean-up at Rattray Marsh. Volunteers remove waste left behind from winter weather conditions and garbage from public visitors. The event draws between 180-500 volunteers who remove tonnes of garbage annually.

In 2015, volunteers removed 2.75 metric tonnes of garbage from Rattray Marsh, equivalent to 6062 pounds. That is between eight to 10 pickup truck loads of waste, or enough to fill a 20 yard dumpster.

The event is open to members of the public. Volunteers are encouraged to come help in the clean-up efforts. Please bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Those interested in participating are asked to meet at any of the entrances to Rattray Marsh.

Rattray Mash is a sensitive area, visited by thousands of people each year. CVC manages the property and depends on the support of the RMPA and volunteers for clean-ups and environmental projects that help the area flourish.

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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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