Three Metro Vancouver parks have made a list of Canada’s most trash-infested shorelines.
Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge was second-worst in the nation, according to organizers of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
The fourth most littered shoreline was Tom Hopkins Ravine Park in Surrey, followed by fifth-place Brownsville Bar Park along the Fraser River in Surrey.
The rankings were based on the amount of garbage collected during last year’s annual shoreline cleanup.
Volunteers collected 5,000 kilograms of garbage per kilometre at the worst-ranked site, a creek in Sydenham Ontario. Kanaka Creek yielded 3,200 kilograms per kilometre, while Brownsville Bar yielded 1,200.
“The amount of litter that was removed is remarkable and, if neglected, could have serious impacts on the health of our waters,” said Tony Maas, director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Freshwater Program.
The cleanest shoreline in B.C.?
Terrace’s Ferry Island municipal park in the Skeena River.
Volunteers are urged to register and nominate sites for this year’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup from Sept. 17 to 25.
More details at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.
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