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Adopt-a-Stream Clean Up - A Team Effort

Posted Friday, September 1, 2017

Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) Adopt-a-Stream staff volunteers, in conjunction with the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up collected garbage and recyclables on August 30th along Vernon Creek.  This annual event has seen many items collected, ranging from broken signs and lawn chairs to a large portion of a truck bed with the most common items being plastic food wraps, drink cups/cans, and wipes.

“By their nature, streams collect things as they flow across our landscape.  It’s our responsibility as good neighbours to prevent garbage from ending up in our waterways,” said Jennifer Miles, RDNO Water Sustainability Coordinator.

“Unfortunately, cigarette butts were once again the top item collected.  Particularly in light of the fire risk, but to also protect our water year-round from the chemicals left in the filters, we encourage smokers to find better ways to dispose of their cigarette butts.  There are many options available that are better than littering”.

If you would like to adopt your neighbourhood stream and help protect our waterways, consider joining the Adopt-a-Stream program.  To learn more about the program, you can take part in the community clean up at Hidden Park, on 33rd Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, on September 24th at 9:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome as we clean up Vernon Creek between the Vernon Recreation Centre and 30th Avenue.  This event marks International Rivers Day, the last Sunday in September, as well as the end of RespectFEST.  Advance registration for this event is appreciated so enough safety vests and gloves can be provided.  Please visit www.respectfest2017.com to register.