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This April, let's celebrate Earth Day all month long by cleaning up the Cowichan region. The CVRD is supporting community groups cleaning up litter and preventing illegal dumping around the region. If you are interested in volunteering, check out the calendar below of clean-ups happening in different Cowichan communities. If you're a community organizer who has planned a clean-up, or would like to plan one, please contact Chloe Boyle for more information.
Join the Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association for a litter clean-up around the Trans Canada Trail, the Duncan Chinese Cemetery and along local roads. A BBQ and refreshments will follow the clean-up. Interested volunteers can contact Jack Macneil or meet at the Sahtlam Firehall at 10 AM on the day of the event.
Date: April 13, 2019Time: Meet at 10 AMLocation: Sahtlam Firehall, 4384 Cowichan Lake Rd, Duncan
Join the Reforestation Efforts of Everyone non-profit and local Mill Bay volunteers to clean up the Mill Bay beach, roadway and surrounding forests. Each volunteer will receive a free gift of a tree to take home, and be eligible to enter the Green Gifts Giveaway. Interested volunteers can contact Danya Wallace or meet at the Mill Bay Nature Park at 10 AM on the day of the event.
Date: April 14, 2019Time: 10 AM - 12 PMLocation: Mill Bay Nature Park, Hollings Rd, Mill Bay
Community members near Duncan can join a Cowichan River clean-up happening on Saturday between the banks of Silver Bridge and White Bridge. Volunteers will receive a lunch and hot beverage. Interested volunteers can contact Lehanna Green or meet at Adam's Tarp and Tool at 9:30 AM on the day of the event.
Date: April 20, 2019Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PMLocation: Meet at Adams Tarp and Tool, 5462 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan
The Rotary Club of South Cowichan is organizing a full day of clean-up around Shawnigan Lake. Volunteers will be dispatched to zones around the lake, and refreshments, information booths and activities will be available throughout the day. Interested volunteers can contact Kim Barnard or meet at the Shawnigan Community Centre at 10 AM on the day of the event.
Date: April 28, 2019Time: 10 AM - 2 PMLocation: Shawnigan Lake Community Centre, 2804 Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake
If you see someone committing illegal dumping, do not endanger yourself by approaching. Instead, record and report identifying information to increase the chances that the person responsible will be caught and fined. Report all polluters to the Ministry of Environment RAPP line by dialing #7277 on a cell phone, calling toll free 1.877.952.7277, or using the online reporting form.