River shore­line cleanup Satur­day at Strath­cona Is­land Park

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST -

Hat­ters will be clean­ing up the shore of the South Saskatchewan River Satur­day.

Grass­lands Nat­u­ral­ists is hold­ing Medicine Hat’s edi­tion of the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup at the Strath­cona Is­land Park start­ing at 9 a.m.

“Vol­un­teers from the Cana­dian Grass­lands Nat­u­ral­ists are go­ing to be meet­ing at the pav­il­ion park­ing lot to do the 2017 Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup,” said Grass­lands pres­i­dent Hugh Arm­strong, who’s lived in Medicine Hat for six years.

The cleanup will go from the Her­itage Pav­il­ion to as far as they can go along the edge of the river.

This is the lo­cal group’s fifth time do­ing the cleanup.

“It’s one of the vol­un­teer projects we do ev­ery year,” said Arm­strong.

In the past, the group has many strange ob­jects in the river.

“Bi­cy­cles, lots and lots of tires, old wooden shelv­ing (and) tons of garbage, of course,” Arm­strong listed.

“Lots of stuff gets shoved down there and then a lot of it comes down river in the spring when the river’s higher and push­ing stuff down.

“Ba­si­cally, you can find just about any­thing you can imag­ine,” he said, es­ti­mat­ing that they pick up about 600 pounds of trash ev­ery year.

They leave the garbage at the pav­il­ion’s dump­sters, which the city then picks up.

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