Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event coming to Crawford Bay Beach

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Volunteers at last year’s cleanup at Argenta.

Volunteers at last year’s cleanup at Argenta.

The Eastshore Freshwater Habitat Society and Friends of Kootenay Lake are teaming up to organize a community shoreline cleanup event at Crawford Bay Beach on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. They invite the public to take action against shoreline garbage by joining them from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 3 for the Crawford Bay shoreline cleanup event. This will be a great opportunity for community members to have fun, help the lake, and socialize.

The plan is to meet at Crawford Bay Beach at 1 p.m. and start cleaning up garbage along the shoreline. After the cleanup there will be a campfire with free hotdogs and refreshments. Bring boots and work gloves!

This event is part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a nationwide initiative to clean up Canada’s shorelines. In 2014, nearly 140,000 kilograms of litter was removed from 2,500 kilometres of shorelines from across Canada.

For local shorelines, waterways and oceans around the world, shoreline litter is a global environmental problem that can have long-term impacts on ecosystems, wildlife and people. Removing it helps make aquatic ecosystems cleaner, healthier and safer for all living things.

—FRIENDS OF KOOTENAY LAKE