Groups plan river clean-up

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In an effort to promote river preservation and environmental awareness, the Thousand Islands Association and Save the River have partnered for a binational awareness river cleanup on Saturday, July 30.

During the event and with the combined efforts of the TIA and STR, volunteers will clean shorelines of the St. Lawrence River on the Canadian and American side and their surrounding areas, collecting garbage, plastic, and anything else.

This event runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Teams will register in advance and will be assigned their cleanup areas. To register, go to thousandislandsassociation.com.

The cleanup area will be split into designated zones. Teams of three to five will work together along the shore and from the water via kayaks to clean up areas up to 10 feet above and below the shoreline.

Teams will be given a cleanup kit with trash bags and trash grabbers and other necessary items to safely remove trash from the shoreline and water. There will be a designated area for teams to dispose of their collected trash.

Families and businesses are encouraged to register as teams. With this being a family-friendly event, however, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact thousandislandsassociation@gmail.com.

This will be the second river cleanup of the year.

On June 11, TIA hosted its first Trash Free River Clean Up of the season. Roughly 30 volunteers came out to help clean up the St. Lawrence River and surrounding areas at Halstead’s Bay, Landon’s Bay and Gray’s Bay.

At these three sites, over eight full bags of garbage, as well as large items such as a dock ramp and a Christmas tree with lights, were all found.

Volunteers described this as an eye-opening event, serving as a reminder of how much garbage and plastic gets left behind, especially when it breaks down into the environment – plastic fragmentation, which can occur due to the exposure of sunlight, friction, oxidation, or wildlife interacting with the plastic.

The breakdown process of plastics and garbage goes on, continuously breaking down until it is no longer visible to the naked eye, and becomes a part of the soil, air and water.

(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

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