Shore cleanup at Air Park

Comox Valley Nature is celebrating BC Rivers Day with a cleanup of the shores beside the Air Park this Sunday.

Comox Valley Nature is celebrating BC Rivers Day with a cleanup of the shores beside the Air Park this Sunday.

Clean Our Rivers will take place between 10 a.m. and noon .

Comox Valley Nature (CVNS), founded in 1966 has historically conducted independent estuary shoreline cleanup. This has been concentrated at the Air Park site, where CVN has carried out various environmental projects.

This year the event will be on Sept. 29, BC Rivers Day. CV Nature invites members of the public to join us. We will meet by the Park Café, between the Courtenay marina and airport at 10 a.m. Please bring suitable clothing, boots and gloves.

Other projects of CVN at the airpark site include removal of invasive species, placement and signage of native species along the park, seeding Camas and fighting the Japanese knotweed that has appeared in the area.

More recently CVN used a couple of small areas for trials to using fire to encourage plant native species. These projects have been undertaken with the assistance and encouragement of the City of Courtenay.

Litter along rivers and shorelines is an eyesore. It can also be dangerous to the creatures that live in and around the edges of streams and oceans if they swallow it, or get caught in it.

Litter originates with us humans, and it is right that we should pick it up. The B.C. Rivers day is an appropriate time to Clean Our Rivers and to renew our resolve not to litter.

— Comox Valley Nature

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