Gananoque Rotary holds Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

The Rotary Club of Gananoque did its part in cleaning up the environment on Saturday.

This was as part of the club’s annual Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup program, where Rotary Clubs across Ontario and Upper New York State participate in this initiative in support of Earth Day.

Coffee and doughnuts were made available for participants. There were 19 different areas along the river, streams, creeks and trails that were part of this Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup.

Rotarians Pam Welbourn, Laura Dowsley and Pam Hudson organized the event.

Gwen Hundrieser, who helps with the cleanup, said there were over 60 community volunteers who participated, along with several community partners, like the Gananoque Horticultural Society, the 1000 Islands History Museum and 1000 Islands Boat Museum.

“There were even volunteers who went out in their canoe and cleaned up the shoreline,” said Hundrieser.

The Gananoque Lions Club also held a cleanup on Saturday, separate from the Watershed Cleanup.

Town of Gananoque staff are holding their own cleanup on Thursday around Town Hall Park.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times