Naval reservists clean shores of Verdun
ENVIRONMENT. Keeping waterways clean means a lot to a team of naval reservists at HMCS Donnacona. In August, they spent two full days bending over and picking up trash in the Montreal area.
With garbage bags and protective gloves, the group of seven men and women targeted the shoreline of the St-Lawrence River near Monseigneur J.A. Richard Park in Verdun, and along the Lachine Canal in the Sud-Ouest borough.
«For the most part, the things that we find here are fairly rudimentary, from bottle caps to cigarette butts, but occasionally you find a shoe, a shirt maybe. You kind of wonder what happened to the owners of them,» says 26-year-old naval cadet Simon Bullock.
The shoreline effort is linked to a nationwide campaign called Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The initiative is organized by the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund’s Canadian division.
«Some marine life think the plastic in the water is food. It will cause them to die,» says naval cadet Amanda Altit.
The 27-year-old adds the cleanup is a rewarding experience. For her, it shows how seriously the Canadian Navy takes environmental issues. The cleanup is considered part of the naval reservists’ basic training. Most serve on a parttime basis during the summer period and on weekends and evenings. Altit encourages all Quebecers to also do their part.
A team of seven naval reservists have been cleaning up Montreal’s shorelines this summer.