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General · 22nd April 2014
Ray Grigg and Robyn Budd
Sierra Quadra is once again pleased to announce our island’s Annual Beach Clean-up at Rebecca Spit. April 27, 2014, will mark the 17th consecutive year that islanders and visitors have joined with local businesses and others to make this event a resounding success. It’s our contribution to the Earth Day celebrations taking place around the world.

We’re also delighted to announce we have a new partner working with us on the event: the Discovery Passage Aquarium. Many islanders visited the Aquarium in its first season near Campbell River’s Discovery Fishing Pier, across from the Maritime Heritage Centre. The hands-on Aquarium is operated by a non-profit organization with strong Quadra Island roots and support.

The Aquarium, like Sierra Quadra, has a vested interest in keeping our oceans and beaches free of pollution. After winter’s and spring’s high tides and storms, we see local beaches once again littered with plastic, rope, styrofoam, tires, netting, and more. These materials are not only unsightly but also hazardous to all forms of marine life. Wave action eventually grinds plastic into finer and finer particles, allowing them to enter the food web as toxins which are consumed by humans and marine animals alike. You can learn more about the Aquarium’s clean oceans program at their display table at the Spit.

Beach Clean-up headquarters are located midway along Rebecca Spit, near the parking lot by the boat ramp. The concession tent, along with Sierra and Aquarium banners, will mark the site. Starting at 10am you can get garbage bags from this location and then head for your favourite beach. Drop by later for a delicious (and free) hot lunch, with baked goodies and hot and cold drinks, served from noon to 4pm for all volunteers.

Many islanders start collecting beach debris before the actual day of the Beach Clean-up. Collected garbage can be brought to the Clean-up tent or left at any of the following drop-off locations. A sign at each location marks where garbage should be piled. The last pick up at each site is at 3pm on Sunday April 27.

• Beach access at Smith Rd, Milford Rd, Edgeware Rd and Petroglyph Rd
• North end of Kay Dubois Trail at We Wai Kai Rd
• South end of Kay Dubois Trail at Sutil Rd
• Rebecca Spit, south parking lot
• Rebecca Spit, parking lot near boat ramp
• Rebecca Spit, centre by narrow isthmus
• Open Bay area, Valdez and Marina Roads (look for Erik Sorensen’s truck: beach debris only!)
• Tsakwaluten Resort, below the Main Lodge

What to bring? Gloves can come in handy, as well as a good pocketknife to help free tangled rope from driftwood. You also can’t go wrong with sun block, sun hat, water bottle and gumboots. The only items not to be taken off the beach are any flare canisters you may come across (aluminum tubes about 4 inches in diameter and two feet long) because they could still be active. Just note their location so event organizers 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 give Ken a call at 285-2580.

Quadra’s Annual Beach Clean-up is a truly cooperative community event, supported by local businesses, BC Ferries, the Strathcona Regional District – and you! Please join us again this year and bring your family and friends. See you at the Spit!