Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2011 in Port Moody


Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Port Moody Ecological Society continues to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. The group runs Noons Creek Hatchery, which includes a salmon and trout hatchery, a water quality lab and community outreach programs, using salmon and trout life-cycle ecology as an instructional vehicle. They also present the annual Fingerling Festival in Port Moody.

Each year, the society helps to coordinate local activities for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The event started in 1994, when the Vancouver Aquarium coordinated a small team of volunteers. The team conducted a local shoreline cleanup in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The event slowly grew, and in 2002, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup became a national program. In 2010, 47,027 participants removed litterfrom 2,235km of shoreline.

The Great Canadian Cleanup remains a grassroots conservation program that promotes understanding and education about shoreline litter issues. It does this by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. The program influences Canadians to act, becoming better environmental citizens. And really, the world can always use better environmental citizens.

This year’s local cleanup takes place at Noons Creek Hatchery [map], beside the Port Moody Recreation Complex, on Saturday, September 10, from 9:00-11:00am. Stay as long as you can – every bit helps. Participants can register online at shorelinecleanup.ca. For more information, contact Sandra Niven at 778.861.1972.

If you can’t make the event – or even if you can – you can visit Noons Creek hatchery for a tour, you can do so on any Saturday morning between 9:00 and 11:00am. Head out and find out what’s happening in our community. And, who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to become involved yourself.

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