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General · 15th April 2013
Ray Grigg
Sierra Quadra is once again organizing our island’s annual Beach Clean-up. April 21, 2013, will be the 16th successive year in which islanders and visitors have joined with local businesses and others to make this event a resounding success.
After winter’s and spring’s high tides and storms, we find that our beaches are once again strewn with plastic, rope, styrofoam, tires, netting, etc. These materials are not only unsightly but they can also be hazardous to all forms of marine life. We also know that wave action can eventually grind plastic into fine particles which allows them to enter the food chain as toxins to be consumed by us.
As in other years, many Islanders have helped pick up beach litter to coincide with Earth Day celebrations around the world. This year’s Beach Clean-up on April 21st coincides with Earth Day. We trust that everyone will approach it with a spirit of enthusiasm befitting our debt to the only planet where we truly belong.
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, drop by later for free lunch, coffee, tea and juice 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
-Rebecca Spit, Main Parking Lot
-Rebecca Spit, South Parking Lot
-Rebecca Spit, centre by narrow isthmus
-Open Bay area at Valdez and Marina Roads
-Heriot Bay Inn campground

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) because they could still be active. Just note their location so Sierra Quadra can notify the proper military authorities for disposal.
Participants 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 Sierra Quadra event represents the co-operation and assistance of many local businesses, of BC Ferries and the Strathcona Regional District. Please join us by bringing friends and family for this helpful and satisfying event.