Lake Huron communities help to clean up shoreline

(Posted: June 6, 2016)
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Volunteers and members of the Centre Ipperwash Beach Association take part in a shoreline cleanup, part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (Photo by Grace Dekker)

Each year, St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) hosts a shoreline cleanup at Centre Ipperwash Beach. This past September (2015), volunteers and members of the Centre Ipperwash Beach Association got really involved and helped clean more than one kilometre of beach and dunes.

“We had a great team of hard-working volunteers,” said Jessica Van Zwol, SCRCA Healthy Watershed Specialist. “This cleanup is always a good reminder of shoreline litter issues, especially cigarette butts.”

About 50 pounds of garbage was removed, with the most prevalent items being cigarette butts. Approximately 900 cigarette butts were collected in only two hours.

This year’s cleanup is scheduled for September 10, 2016. To register call Jessica Van Zwol at 519-245-3750, extension 241.

“We want to ensure Lake Huron stays healthy for generations to come,” said Van Zwol. “Even small events like this one raise community awareness of the importance of water quality and clean shorelines.”

 
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