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Friday April 27th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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Guest Article by:  Natalie Green

Organizers of the Black Oak Heritage Park Clean-up event were thrilled by the amount of support they received last Saturday. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the 52 volunteers that participated on the re-scheduled event date of Saturday, April 21, 2012 and all of those that came out to our original event date (despite the poor weather conditions) to help clean-up a section of the natural heritage park in Windsor, Ontario. The dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers included crew members from Windsor’s Royal Canadian Navy Reserve Division – HCMS Hunter, local cyclists and hikers of the park, Royal Canadian Army Cadets (Windsor Regiment), and many other local residents.

Together, the group worked tirelessly for three hours and picked up 5.5 tonnes of debris and 189 tires (plus one very large tractor tire) from the otherwise beautiful park. Among the debris collected were two couches, a boat, microwave, tires, and various construction refuse.

The public is reminded not to dump illegally on land, in drains, or waterways. There is no charge for the disposal of up to 8 tires at the Transfer Station No.1 (Windsor) and Transfer Station No.2 (Kingsville). For information about how to dispose of household waste such as used tires, oil, paint, etc. contact the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (www.ewswa.org).

This cleanup was an effort by several dedicated groups to improve the condition of the Natural Heritage Park and to educate and engage the community in its protection. The protection and enhancement of this area is important for the restoration of our Detroit River and the Great Lakes as a whole. Environmental efforts such as cleanups are a small step that can help enhance the quality of life for local residents, makes the region more attractive to visitors, and ensures a sustainable natural legacy for future generations. Help do your part everyday!

The event was supported by the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee, and Windsor Port Authority. For more information or to participate in another cleanup event please visit www.detroitriver.ca.

 

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