River Canard gets cleaned up thanks to local watershed group

 

The Friends of Canard River (FOCR) were joined by community volunteers for a cleanup in and around River Canard Park Saturday. Dave Chevalier, Larry Stainer and Ethan Chevalier of 2nd Amherstburg Scouting search for trash during the cleanup.

The Friends of Canard River (FOCR) were joined by community volunteers for a cleanup in and around River Canard Park Saturday. Dave Chevalier, Larry Stainer and Ethan Chevalier of 2nd Amherstburg Scouting search for trash during the cleanup.

By Ron Giofu

 

The area in and around River Canard Park was a lot cleaner Saturday afternoon than it was Saturday morning thanks to a local environmental group.

The Friends of Canard River watershed group, which is affiliated with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), congregated at the park Saturday afternoon and were joined by several other community volunteers in picking up litter, cigarette butts and other waste at the park and in areas near the park including along the roadside and on the other side of the Canard River. Caroline Biribauer, outreach co-ordinator with ERCA, said it was “a pretty good turnout” and on par for what the group usually gets for a cleanup.

“We have some Beavers and Cubs as well as our Friends of Canard River volunteers,” she said, “as well as some students from the local high schools because they have to get their community service hours.”

Biribauer said it is nice to be able to get out and clean things up now that the snow has melted and volunteers can get to and pick up the trash. Aesthetically, it’s pleasing to rid the shoreline and nearby areas of garbage, she added, and it is better for the environment as well.

A lot of the litter and debris was due to items blowing out of recycling boxes, believed Biribauer, as she believed people are becoming better stewards of the environment and not leaving as much litter or debris lying around.

Friends of Canard River meet monthly at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School. Anyone who is interested in joining the group or those who want additional information about it can contact Andy Paling at St. Thomas of Villanova at 519-734-6444 or Biribauer at 519-776-5209 ext. 245.

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