Lake Cowichan takes time out from 75th birthday celebration to clean up its heritage river

Small boats work with divers to gather the stuff collected from the upper Cowichan River. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A girl walks carefully on the slippery stones near the shoreline of the upper Cowichan, looking for garbage in the river on Aug. 18, River Cleanup Day in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Two scuba divers prepare to take a closer look in the deeper pools of the upper Cowichan River. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Two boys work together on the upper Cowichan River cleanup in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Two boys plan their next dive Sunday morning, Aug. 18, during the cleanup of the upper Cowichan River at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Two boys plan their next dive Sunday morning, Aug. 18, during the cleanup of the upper Cowichan River at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘This river is pretty clean,’ says one diver, after checking a section by the car bridge in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Caught as they fly by, this group is on the hunt for shoreline garbage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Yep! There’s even stuff hiding in the bushes near the Cowichan River’s edge during the Cowichan River Clean-up. For more from the event, see page 24. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Two boys plan their next dive Sunday morning, Aug. 18, during the cleanup of the upper Cowichan River at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

“This river is clean!” cried one diver as he returned to the surface of the Cowichan River in Lake Cowichan Sunday morning, Aug. 18.

He hadn’t been able to find anything to pick up at all in the area he was checking under the car bridge on South Shore Road as part of the annual Cowichan River clean-up event.

However, he had lots of helpers, from people in small boats, to scuba divers, to folks walking the shoreline, both from the water and the land side.

Meanwhile, an active group of volunteers at Central Park was also sorting through the bottles and cans donated as part of the campaign.

It was a busy, fun morning for everyone and they finished up with lunch before re-joining the Lake Cowichan 75th anniversary celebrations at Saywell Park later in the day.

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