Volunteer shoreline cleanup events planned for Thornbury

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Cleanup days are scheduled for three Mondays in July and August, everyone is welcome to volunteer.

Georgian Bay Forever is looking for volunteers to help with some upcoming shoreline cleanup events in Thornbury.

The City of The Blue Mountains is supporting Georgian Bay Forever’s efforts to hold cleanup events at Little River Park in Thornbury.

The group held two shoreline cleanup events in early summer at Thornbury Port which collected 28 pounds of litter. This included more than 600 cigarette butts, 115 plastic fragments (many of them zippers) and more than 56 pieces of fishing line.

Three additional dates are planned for July and August and Georgian Bay Forever is looking for volunteers to help with the cleanup efforts.

The events will take place on Monday July 25, Monday August 8 and Monday August 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“All equipment will be provided for volunteers to safely carry out a shoreline cleanup. Cleanups take place rain or shine, unless of course there are extreme weather conditions,” said Ashley Morrison, project manager for Collingwood Divert and Capture: The Fight to Keep microplastics out of our water. “I will add that we are always looking for microfiber filter volunteers at Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood to help divert microplastics from our waterways.”

There is a weekly shoreline cleanup at Sunset Point in Collingwood every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome and will receive free parking passes for the cleanup event.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Georgian Bay Forever at [email protected] or visit the website.

Georgian Bay Forever is a charitable organization dedicated to scientific research and public education about the aquatic ecosystem of Georgian Bay. Its mission is to protect, enhance and restore Georgian Bay’s aquatic ecosystem by funding accredited research on water levels, water quality and ecosystems; educating the public and governments on issues relating to the protection, conservation, safety and preservation of water and natural features in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario; and enhancing the public’s appreciation for their environment.

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