Wednesday, September 19, 2012

B.C. participating in Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup #bcpoli

Sept. 18, 2012
Ministry of Environment

B.C. participating in Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

VICTORIA - Keeping B.C.'s beaches and coastline clean year-round is vitally important to the protection of our aquatic life and ecosystems, which is why the B.C. government is partnering with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to hold cleanup events in communities throughout the province from Sept. 15 - 23, 2012.

In May 2012, BC Parks and the Vancouver Aquarium entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a joint agreement to achieve outcomes that would improve the health of B.C.'s aquatic ecosystems and get more British Columbians involved in this goal. This includes identifying priority cleanup sites and cross-promotion of events like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. BC Parks is co-ordinating events at 12 locations throughout the province this week, including a successful cleanup at Naikoon Provincial Park on Haida Gwaii this past weekend.

Minister of Environment, Terry Lake, will be joining volunteers in Kamloops on Wednesday morning along the beach on McArthur Island to pick up litter and debris that has washed up on the shore. This is just one of 616 registered shoreline cleanups taking place throughout the province.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund. The first cleanups began in 1994 along the shoreline of Stanley Park in Vancouver, and it became a national program in 2002.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is also a valued partner in B.C.'s planning process for cleaning up any tsunami debris that washes up along the coastline. The Tsunami Debris Coordinating Committee is working closely with local governments, First Nations and volunteer organizations such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to keep our beaches clean.

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