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General · 8th April 2010
Ray Grigg
Quadra’s 13th Annual Beach Clean-Up is happening on Sunday, April 25.

Islanders and visitors have made resounding successes of all twelve previous Beach Clean-ups and we expect this year to be similar. After winter’s and spring’s high tides and storms, we find our beaches are again strewn with plastic, rope, styrofoam, tires, netting, etc. These materials are not only unsightly but they can also be hazardous to marine and bird life. We also know that plastics are eventually ground into fine particles by wave action, then enter the food chain as toxins where they are consumed by us.

As with other years, many Islanders have helped pick up beach litter to coincide with Earth Day celebrations around the world.

The Beach Clean-up headquarters will be set up at Rebecca Spit. A large banner will mark the site. Starting at 10:00 am you may pick up garbage bags from this location and then head for your favourite beach. Should you already be equipped, just drop by later for coffee, tea, juice and snacks from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Collected garbage can be brought to the headquarters or left at any of the following drop-off locations. A sign will be placed at each location to mark where the garbage should be piled. The last pick up at each site is at 3:00 pm.

-End of Petroglyph Road
-End of Sutil Road at Kay Dubois Trail
-End of We Wai Kai Road at Kay Dubois Trail
-Smith Road beach access
-Edgeware Road beach access
-Milford Road beach access
-Heriot Bay by the Esplanade
-Rebecca Spit, Main Parking Lot
-Rebecca Spit, South Parking Lot
-Rebecca Spit, center by narrow isthmus
-Open Bay area at Valdez and Marina Roads (new this year).

Gloves can come in handy as well as a pocketknife to help free tangled rope from driftwood. DO NOT TOUCH ANY FLARE CANISTERS (aluminum tubes about 4 inches in diameter and about two feet long) as they could still be active. Just note the location so Sierra Quadra can notify the RCMP.

Volunteers with pick-up trucks are still needed to help transport garbage from the various collection sites to Rebecca Spit. If you can help, please call Ken at 2580.

This Beach Clean-up is sponsored by the Sierra Club of B.C., Quadra Island Group. Please join us, and bring friends and family for this helpful and satisfying event.