Communities join shoreline cleanup


   Five southeast communities that have shoreline along a river or lake have registered to participate in the 17th Annual Canadian Shoreline Cleanup which is taking place in the fall.

   The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national program that encourages Canadians coast to coast to make a difference by volunteering to cleaning up garbage that is along local shorelines. Since 1994 a single cleanup site has grown to 1,568 last year. To date 750 sites are already registered to participate to participate this fall.

   This year’s cleanup will take place from September 18 to 26.  It is not too late to register for the event as a Site Coordinator or participant, says Jean Fong from Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

   “We have people from communities big and small in every province and territory participate in this program and hope to have more people from your local communities take part,” stated Fong.

   Most shoreline litter originates from land and land-based activities so by cleaning up, residents can take action to stop pollution problems endangering oceans and waterways.   Last year, the top five items found along Manitoba shorelines were cigarette butts, food wrappers and containers, plastic bags, caps and lids, cups and plastic cutlery.

   To date, nine sites in Manitoba are registered, five of which are located in the southeast. Cleanup sites are registered in the communities of Lorette and Ste. Anne which are both along the Seine River. In St. Pierre, cleanup will take place along the Rat River.

   At the farthest corner of the province, Buffalo Pointe will be doing a cleanup along Lake of the Woods. Cleanup is also taking place at the northern tip of West Hawk Lake, in Ingulf.  

   In 2009, in Manitoba alone, over 1,300 people signed up to remove litter from 28 Manitoba cleanup sites along shorelines last fall. In total, over 1,950 kg of litter was removed from 51 km of shorelines across Manitoba, more than the total weight of 3 male moose combined.

   For more information on the program, check out shorelinecleanup.ca or call 1-877-427-2422.

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