LEPS hosts streamside cleanup in Aldergrove

Bertrand Creek is getting a cleaning.

LEPS and the Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society will host a clean-up of Bertrand Creek in the area of Aldergrove Centre Mall this Saturday.

This clean-up has been held each summer for nearly 20 years, typically held as the annual in-stream clean up, where participants hop into hip waders and walk in the water to remove floating and embedded trash from Bertrand Creek throughout the urban core of Aldergrove.

Over the years, hundreds of tonnes of non-natural debris has been removed from the creek, including furniture, mattresses, bicycles, wood pallets, shopping carts and hundreds of garbage bags full of bags of trash.

The clean-up is a great opportunity to view this salmon-bearing creek from a whole new perspective, get a little dirty, and contribute to a cleaner, healthier community.

The Aug. 27 clean-up will not be held in-stream, due to concerns of elevated fecal coliforms in the water. Although water quality can change quickly, fecal coliforms in surface water is typically introduced from human or animal waste such as failing septic systems, agricultural runoff, wildlife, and littering/illegal dumping.

As a precautionary measure and to minimize potential exposure, trash will be removed only from the streambanks. Work gloves and litter pickers will be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or rubber boots, and clothing that can get dirty.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Participants will be meeting in the parking lot on the north side of Extra Foods at the Aldergrove Centre Mall on 272nd Street, north of Fraser Highway.

RSVP for planning purposes. Call 604-532-3511 or email exec_director@leps.bc.ca.



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