Cowichan River clean-up dedicated to Thom

The lower Cowichan River clean-up is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cleanup of the heritage river is an annual event and for 2014, it is dedicated to Gerald Thom, whom Rodger Hunter of the Cowichan Watershed Society, this week called "one of the best friends our watershed has ever had."

So, why not volunteer a few hours of their time to clean up trash in the river and on its shorelines?

There will be coffee and snacks with registration, as well as a barbecue and prizes following the cleanup.

On Sunday, registration for the cleanup takes place at the Little Big House, just past Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium starting at 10 a.m. The cleanup continues until 2:30 p.m. Follow the blue signs Sunday morning. Be sure to bring appropriate shoes and gloves and a dry change of clothes.