Help Clean up the Hoy-Scott Creek Watershed


The congregation of Eagle Ridge United Church in Coquitlam is celebrating International Earth Day 2015. On April 19, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm the church will be joining with the Hoy/Scott Watershed Society to remove invasive plants and garbage from the banks of Scott Creek between Guildford Way and Eagleridge Drive.

“The Hoy/Scott Watershed Society has been working to remove invasive plants around the hatchery on Hoy Creek and is looking forward to expanding our work to the Scott Creek corridor in partnership with Eagle Ridge United Church” says president Lindsay Pollock.

Established in the Hoy-Scott watershed in 1987, Eagle Ridge United Church is located squarely between Hoy and Scott Creeks, which join together before entering into the Coquitlam River. Both creeks support numerous species of salmon, including chum, coho, pink and steelhead, and provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife in this urbanized neighbourhood.

Our family lives not far away, and we can all attest to the beautiful environment supported by this creek. In the fall it’s common to see people stopped along the road watching the spawning salmon swim upstream. We can also testify about the litter that has a way of accumulating around it. Those of us who live in the Tri-Cities are fortunate to be surrounded by nature, and it’s important that we do our part to pitch in.

“Improving the quality of this valuable habitat by removing invasive plants and garbage, and helping to restore native vegetation, is one small way our congregation is giving back to our neighbourhood” says Ingrid Brown, Associate Pastor for Eagle Ridge United Church.

Everyone is invited to participate in Eagle Ridge United Church’s community events such as this Earth Day good neighbour initiative. For more information, visit www.eruc.ca or call 604.945.9811.

The Hoy / Scott Watershed Society operates a small salmon hatchery in Coquitlam and conducts a salmon enhancement program. The group stewards the Hoy and Scott Watersheds, promotes public awareness and education, and is involved in watershed restoration and preservation. Learn more at hsws.ca.

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