With summer winding down, it’s time to give back to the river that gave enjoyment to so many over the hotter months.
Sponsored by the Cowichan Watershed Board, the annual lower Cowichan River clean-up is taking place this Sunday, Aug. 28.
“This soul satisfying annual event removes truck-loads of garbage from about 15 kilometres of the iconic Cowichan River every year before the fall rains return and wash it all downstream,” said a notice from the Cowichan Watershed Board. “Think of it as welcoming the salmon home!”
Sign up at 9:30 a.m. at the Mini Big House at 5536 River Rd. and witness a First Nations Welcome at 10 a.m. The garbage picking starts right after that and will go until 1 p.m. at which point all will gather for a volunteer barbecue.
“All welcome! No experience needed. Volunteers will be matched with routes and crew leaders as you arrive, and assigned a stretch of river that fits your abilities and equipment,” said the notice.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy water shoes or rubber boots and gloves if they have them. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen as well as drinking water.
Those with canoes (with life jackets) or floatie boats to drag are encouraged, too.
Expect to get dirty!