Work­ers pull half-ton of trash from gorge

Train­ing ex­er­cise for Parks Po­lice, NPC crews

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - GORD HOWARD

A half-ton of garbage was hauled out of the Ni­a­gara Gorge ear­lier this week by about 10 peo­ple and a he­li­copter.

The Ni­a­gara Parks Po­lice high­angle river team and Ni­a­gara Parks Com­mis­sion work­ers used the day as a train­ing ex­er­cise, re­triev­ing bags of garbage col­lected by vol­un­teers.

Early Wednesday, they were flown into the Ni­a­gara Glen by Ni­a­gara He­li­copters to the area just be­low the Whirlpool Aero Car, known as Colt’s Point.

They col­lected the ac­cu­mu­lated trash bags, and cleaned bushes nearby where pre­vi­ous cleanup crews had placed garbage bags that were later scrounged through by an­i­mals.

The bags con­tain­ing 1,000 pounds of garbage were loaded into a cargo net and lifted to the sur­face by he­li­copter, then taken to a field near Vic­to­ria Av­enue to be sorted and dis­posed of.

It ended the work started a few weeks ago by Kip Finn and oth­ers.

Finn, a can­di­date for mayor in Ni­a­gara Falls, plus city coun­cil can­di­date An­gela Pee­bles and an­other woman named Wendy Cote, spent a cou­ple of days col­lect­ing trash from the wa­ter.

“We prob­a­bly had about nine bags al­to­gether,” said Finn, adding he or­ga­nized the re­cov­ery af­ter be­ing dis­gusted by Face­book pho­tos that showed the float­ing mess.

“A lot of bot­tles, there were two bags that were jammed full of plas­tic bot­tles … some bags were pretty heavy, around the 70pound mark.

“That’s why I wanted the Parks to help out, I didn’t want peo­ple try­ing to carry these things out. Where they were po­si­tioned … there’s a ledge you’ve got to walk across and you have maybe a foot and a half with the whirlpool on one side of you and a slope on the other.”

The NPC and parks po­lice crews not only brought up the bags that had been set aside, they also cleaned out the bushes around there. Finn said his group didn’t want to root around and in­ad­ver­tently find dis­carded nee­dles or sy­ringes.

He said they were “very sur­prised” that none were found. He said he knows of an­other vol­un­teer group that cleans the wa­ter­front fur­ther down­river but Colt’s Point is harder to reach and of­ten is ig­nored.

“I’ll take any op­por­tu­nity to go there,” he said.

“Any ex­cuse to go down, I’ll go. I’ll prob­a­bly go down there Sun­day or Mon­day … I never go down with­out a bag.”

KIP FINN, SPE­CIAL TO THE RE­VIEW

Work­ers hauled 1,000 pounds of ac­cu­mu­lated garbage from the Ni­a­gara Gorge near the Whirlpool Aero Car ear­lier this week.

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