In the deeper sections, boats and divers work together towards an interesting harvest from the river bottom. (Citizen file)

In the deeper sections, boats and divers work together towards an interesting harvest from the river bottom. (Citizen file)

Cleanup days scheduled for both upper and lower Cowichan River

There are two opportunities to help: the upper end on Aug. 19 and the lower river cleanup on Aug. 27

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Cowichan Lake &River Stewardship Society is holding its eighth annual River Cleanup Day at Lake Cowichan.

This fun, family event offers free refreshments, prizes to be won and the reward of knowing that you have contributed to keeping the upper end of a beautiful heritage river clean.

Cleanup central is at Central Park in downtown Lake Cowichan, just east of the car bridge.

Registration is at 9 a.m., and the clean up itself starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Lunch will be provided cleanup volunteers from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and it, too, will be at Central Park.

There are opportunities available for all ages, but kids under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t forget to bring gloves, appropriate footwear and a dry change of clothes, sun protection, and a water bottle, plus diving/flotation gear and snorkels if you plan to go into the water.

Lower river cleanup on Aug. 27

Just over a week later, the Cowichan Watershed Board is hosting its annual cleanup of the lower end of the Cowichan River.

Registration for this event will occur on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. with all teams leaving by 10:30 p.m. and returning for the volunteer lunch by 1 p.m.

To join the fun, meet other volunteers at Little Big House past the Cowichan Tribes gym. Follow the signs from downtown Duncan and get ready to spend some interesting time by the river.

lexi.bainas@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

 

This river cleanup ‘still life’ shows some of what was collected from the water. (Citizen file)

This river cleanup ‘still life’ shows some of what was collected from the water. (Citizen file)

Walking the Cowichan River to clean up in shallow areas offers lots of opportunity for folks who don’t mind getting wet. (Citizen file)

Walking the Cowichan River to clean up in shallow areas offers lots of opportunity for folks who don’t mind getting wet. (Citizen file)