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Thursday May 21st, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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If you are looking to make a difference and improve the environment or are looking to accumulate volunteer hours, then grab some gloves, put on your boots, and come out to help cleanup Black Oak Park on Sunday, May 24th from 10am to 2pm.

This cleanup is being coordinated via a partnership among the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC), the City of Windsor, the Windsor Port Authority, Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG), New Beginnings, Windsor Police, and Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers. The groups need the community’s help to target and cleanup Black Oak Woods, as the site is severely abused with illegal dumping of garbage and habitat destruction from trespassing vehicles.

“We’re all connected to the river,” noted Peter Berry of the Windsor Port Authority. “What humans do to the land in this area can negatively impact the Detroit River, which is an incredibly important resource for humans and wildlife.”

The Detroit River is a source of Windsor’s drinking water, offers various types of recreation, and provides fish and wildlife habitat. Enhancing and protecting the Detroit River and its watershed will help improve the quality of life in this region, making it a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

This event is an inspiring example of how people can work together to restore and protect the environment and encourage others to do the same. “Volunteers are at the heart of thriving communities,” stated Caroline Biribauer, Outreach Coordinator with ERCA. “It is amazing how many people really want to take part in events like this and make a difference.” It’s only by taking action that you can make a difference!

Anyone over the age of 13 is invited to attend.  Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and boots are recommended. No open-toed shoes will be permitted.

Volunteers will meet on the west side of Black Oak Park, at the corner of Ironwood Drive and Cherry Blossom Drive.   Parking is available alongside the road. Look for a blue tent and the ERCA Friends of Watersheds blue trailer. A light lunch & refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle.

 

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