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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Brockton River Cleanup This Weekend

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Residents do some spring cleaning at Walkerton's Saugeen River.

Lots of foot traffic along Walkerton’s Saugeen River trail this morning, (May 11th) as part of community clean up project.

Keeping the Saugeen River pristine while honoring the memory of an incredible woman that’s the goal of the Kelly Reid Saugeen River Cleanup project.

Spokesperson Bruce Davidson says the annual River Cleanup project kicks off this morning (May 11th) at 9 am.  (wraps up 12:30)

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Walkerton Fire Hall north parking lot at the east end of Jane Street.

Volunteers will be divided into teams to help clean the river bank along the Saugeen River Trail in Walkerton.

Bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided, and all are welcomed to pitch in.

Davidson notes this morning cleanup project provides students in need of community volunteer hours with a gerat opportunity.

From 9 am till 12:30 this afternoon volunteers will collect all of the litter that has been left on the river banks and trail system.

This will be followed by a free BBQ hosted by the Walkerton Fire Department this afternoon at the Fire Hall.

Davidson says today is all about good stewardship, community pride and keeping the Saugeen River beautiful and clean.

He adds it is important we honour our natural environment protecting it from decay and pollution.

Given Walkerton’s history, Davidson adds ‘water is prime in our lives’.

He says we must protect the ecosystems, our drinking water as we each have to do our part to ensure we have a sustainable environment.

The annual river clean up project which now bears Kelly Reid's name, honours Reid who passed away in 2017.

The Walkerton woman was well known as a champion of the environment and is a former Brockton Environmental Advisory Commitee member.

Davidson says Reid serves as inpiration for all, noting she was taken much too soon.


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