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Stolen Waste Receptacle Irks Fisheries Task Force

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Station was part of joint initiative to help keep Saugeen River clean.

The public is being asked to keep an eye out for a large wooden garbage and recycling station that was stolen along the Saugeen River access point number 12 just north of the Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area. (sideroad 40 on the way to Port Elgin)

For Ken Chandler the theft of the large heavy wooden garbage and recycling station is quite frustrating.

This was the eighth station that Chandler has designed and constructed as his contribution to keeping the Saugeen River clean and pristine.

The station is part of the ’Adopt An Access” program.

This program involves placing large wooden receptacles to handle garbage and recycling year long along the Saugeen River access points and is joint initiative between Brockton’s Community Improvement Committee and the Brockton Fisheries Task Force.

Chandler says it costs almost 800 dollars in material to build one station, and it takes three days to construct and another full day to install.

Chandler has designed, constructed and installed all of these stations to date. (as a volunteer)

He says the eighth station which was stolen was sponsored privately from a company in Toronto that wanted to contribute to keeping the Saugeen River clean.

Chandler calls the theft beyond frustrating, questioning why someone would do something like this?

He is confident there was more than one individual involved in the theft as the station is simply to large for one person to do it alone.

Police are investigating, the theft took place sometime over the last month.

Chandler has a message for the thieves. He says if the station simply ‘reappeared’ that would be great and there would be no need for charges as far as he is concerned.

Chandler says he just wants the stationed returned so he can finish installing it.

If anyone wants to contribute to the 'Adopt and Access" program they can contact Chandler through his Facebook Page Ken Chandler Fly Fishing Adventurer or by reaching out to Brockton's Fisheries Task Force or Brockton's Community Improvement Committee.

Chandler who doesn’t even reside in Brockton, has been actively involved in this project because of his love of the Saugeen River. ( he is from Grey County)

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