Fernie volunteers participating in a shoreline cleanup of the Elk River on Sunday, September 30. Photo courtesy of Elk River Alliance

Volunteers remove nearly 200kg of garbage from Elk River

Elk River Alliance hosted three shoreline cleanups around the Elk Valley on September 30

Nearly 200kg of rubbish has been removed from the banks of the Elk River by volunteers over the weekend.

The Elk River Alliance hosted three shoreline cleanups in the Valley on Sunday, September 30 as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a national conservation program that aims to protect waterways and wildlife.

ERA Water and Education Program Manager Ayla Bennett said numbers were lower than in previous years due to the cold weather and snow, with 40 people pitching in across the three events.

However, they worked together to collect approximately 181kg (400lbs) of rubbish from the banks of the Elk River in Fernie, Elkford and Sparwood.

Girls Guides were among 28 volunteers at the Fernie cleanup.

“We do some activities that teach the girls about environmental responsibility,” said Unit Guider Jessica Ward.

“On our walk we’re going to do a bit of work about learning the importance of recycling and reusing as part of it, talk about the different types of items that we find and how they can affect nature, and the environment in different ways, so it’s a learning opportunity for them as well as getting outdoors and working as a team and supporting their community.”

Cigarette butts were the most common item found by volunteers.

Bennett said cigarette butts are extremely toxic to aquatic health and the ERA will continue to host cleanups, adding other sites as recommended by this year’s volunteers.

“We will continue to encourage ongoing stewardship efforts from community, including restoration and habitat enhancement projects,” she said.

“We also strive to use education in order to increase watershed literacy, so people recognize the importance of aquatic health in the Elk River watershed.”

 

Just Posted

Elk Valley mines boost overall Teck production

Fording River, Elkview achieve record fourth quarter; Fording, Greenhills have bumper year

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Local DJ to take stage at Fernie Stoke Fest

Jenn Johnson - aka Jenn Frost - confirmed as closing act at Fernie Stoke Fest on April 9

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Kootenay man dies in crash near Sparwood

Accident occurred last night east of Sparwood, RCMP appealing for witnesses

POLL: Are Wildlife Detection Systems in the Elk Valley working?

In 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) installed two wildlife… Continue reading

Fernie Ghostriders face defeat during away weekend

Fans encouraged to wear white for first playoffs game at Fernie Memorial Arena, February 26

Regulator’s report unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle

The Trans Mountain pipeline will remain a controversial topic both in the political ring and out

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Most Read