By Gail Eggiman
Special to The Record
Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association members collected garbage from the roadsides on Saturday, April 13, in support of Earth Day.
About 40 members and family turned up for the annual Spring Cleanup, cleaning along Colake Road and Comox Logging Road from the Fish and Game gate all the way back to Lake Trail Road at the Morrison Creek overpass, and parts of Bevan Road and in the other direction, leading to the dam.
Due to the unusual low lake level this spring, members noticed and removed pieces of old metal from the watershed. The items were from logging activity that originally took place years ago in the lake prior to Fish and Game ownership.
We are pleased to say that members were only able to haul slightly more than 2,000 kilograms to the Waste Management Centre. Illegal dumping is down, but unfortunately still occurring.
Thank you to all the members and family who took part. We even had three generations of one family turn out to work. A project like this is a terrific opportunity for youth to learn about protecting the environment and they visually see the result of those who don’t respect it. Thank you to Sherri Serafini and Linda and Dan Orr for preparing food and refreshments for the hungry workers. Special thanks to the members who volunteered their trucks, trailers and tractor for pickup and transport to the dump.
Also, much appreciation goes to management at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre for their support providing us with a waiver of tipping fees, and the gate attendants for assisting our volunteer drivers.
We are very fortunate to live here in the Comox Valley, and all members of the community should ensure we maintain it. Don’t dump your garbage in the woods. Keep it as you would your own backyard for the safety and enjoyment of your animals and children or grandchildren to play in.