Help clean up the lower Cowichan River this Saturday

Saturday, Aug. 27 is Lower Cowichan River Clean Up Day.

Saturday, Aug. 27 is Lower Cowichan River Clean Up Day.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join organizers in a few hours of fun, community, and caring for our incredible watershed. With the river so low this year, its a good chance to get in and clean it up.

Registration and wrap-up / lunch will be at the Little Big House near downtown Duncan at the end of River Road on Cowichan Tribes land, just past the Cowichan Tribes Siem Lelum gym. Follow the signs from downtown.

The cleanup involves team captains leading groups for a clean up of the Cowichan River for a few hours.

Some will take to the water while others will walk the shoreline. Routes will be assigned when you arrive.

Organizers say that one of the most enjoyable parts of the day is working towards keeping a wonderful heritage river healthy. And, thanks to generous local sponsors, there will also be coffee and a snack when you arrive to register, and a barbecue lunch afterwards, as well as free prizes. This year Safe Youth Cowichan is issuing a special challenge to find a woman’s lost keys: whoever finds them gets a special prize.

If you’re planning to help, bring:

• Gloves if you have them (organizers have some extras)

• Appropriate footwear — water shoes, gumboots or old sneakers as there may be glass/metal in the water.

• Sunscreen, hat, and warm clothes (to warm up after water)

• An adult to supervise you if you are under 14

• Boats or rafts to help float findings to the shore

• Diving gear or snorkels/fins for underwater trash. We are also hoping to find two divers willing to cover the deep pools

• Trucks — if you are willing to drive a load to Bings Creek landfill after lunch, please email cowichanwatershedboard@gmail.com to give them your licence plate in advance. The CVRD is offering free tipping for the event for pre-registered trucks.