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Monday September 16th, 2013

Posted at 10:00am

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A shoreline clean up program is in need of volunteers for this coming weekend.

The clean up is part of a national program that was born in 1994 when a small team of employees and volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium decided to clean up a local beach in Stanley Park to help protect the city’s shorelines. They submitted the data collected during this event to the International Coastal Cleanup, a global program managed by the Ocean Conservancy. By 1997, 400 volunteers were participating in 20 sites across British Columbia as part of the Great BC Beach Cleanup.

In 2002, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup emerged as a national program, providing all Canadians the opportunity to make a difference in their local communities. Cleanups started appearing in every province and territory, and by 2003, more than 20,000 volunteers were taking part.

In 2012, the Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 19th anniversary with more than 57,000 volunteers, and expanded the spring cleanup to include school groups in Ontario and British Columbia. Today, it is recognized as one of the largest direct action conservation programs, as well as the most significant contributor to the International Coastal Cleanup in Canada.

There is 23 sites that the group would like to clean up which include Little River Watershed, Turkey Creek, River Canard, Belle River, River Canard, the Old Boblo Dock, Holiday Beach, White Sands, Belcraft Beach, Colchester Beach, Cedar Beach, Lakeside Beach, Leamington Kiwanis Camp, Seacliff Park, East Two Creeks, Wheatley Provincial Park, Point Pelee National Park and more.

A complete map and listing of sites and contact information and more can be found online here.

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