Local litter bugs had thrown everything but the kitchen sink into Munday Creek at Walnut Grove Community Park.
And on Saturday morning, volunteers from the Yorkson Watershed Stewardship Committee and the Lower Mainland Green Team worked hand in-hand to pull items from the creek and its surrounding area during a cleanup of the park.
Among the items recovered: a tire, scooter, CD player, bra, umbrellas, a bag of fireworks, candy wrappers, a clothes line, paint container, shirts, socks, tires, and a hubcap.
In total, 20 volunteers from the Green Team and nine from the committee picked up the trash.
Munday Creek flows through the ravines around Walnut Grove Park. According to the Green Team, this tributary of Yorkson Creek supports populations of fish including cutthroat trout, Western Brook lamprey and three spine stickleback.
The Green Team's highlights of the Walnut Grove Park cleanup included:
. Twenty volunteers contributed 41 hours of manpower.
. Of the 20 volunteers, eight had never picked up litter in a park before, and 18 had never been to Walnut Grove Community Park.
. Volunteers came from Langley, Surrey, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford.
. The LMGT contributed to filling up a half-tonne truck full of garbage.
On Sunday, 15 volunteers from the Green Team visited Aldergrove Lake Regional Park for an ivy pull.
Ivy is an invasive plant at the Aldergrove park. Invasive plants and animals can overtake an area and grow exponentially, choking out native species in the process.
Of the 15 volunteers who took part, nine had never removed ivy before and eight had never been to the South Aldergrove park.
Volunteers travelled from Langley, Richmond, Abbotsford, and Surrey. One rode his bike for an hour-and-ahalf to get to the event.
For more on the Green Team, visit www.meetup.com/TheLowerMainland-Green-Team/
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