Litter along 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 humans, and it is right that we should pick it up. The shoreline cleanup is a day to clean what litter there is, and is also a chance to renew our resolve not to litter.
Comox Valley Nature (CVNS), founded in 1966 has historically conducted independent estuary shoreline cleanup. This have been concentrated at the Airpark site, where CVN has carried out various environmental projects.
This year, the event will be on Sept. 23. CV Nature invites members of the public to join them. Staff of Comox Valley Kayaks Ltd. have already committed to the project.
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 more recently fighting the Japanese knotweed that has appeared in the area. These projects have been undertaken with the assistance and encouragement of the City of Courtenay.
In keeping with the national efforts, our shoreline clean will take place between 10 and noon this Sunday, not Saturday as previously reported. Volunteers will meet by the Airport Café.
Members of the public who are interested in participating in this cleanup are asked to register by phoning Murray Little at 250-703-2653, or to register at the airpark on Sunday.
You may also pre-register online by going to http://shorelinecleanup.ca/en.
— Comox Valley Nature