It was a family affair at the Golden Confluence Park shoreline cleanup on Wednesday

Residents come together to keep Golden’s shorelines clean

Golden participated in a nationwide environmental initiative, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Golden participated in a nationwide environmental initiative, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Organized by Wildsight, Golden residents went down to Confluence Park, located near the airport, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, to clean up garbage along the shoreline.

The event ran for two hours, with volunteers coming and going at various times.

“In total, we collected 98 lbs of garbage and five lbs of recycling with 19 volunteers for 1.5 hours,” said Sanne van der Ros, co-ordinator for the Wildsight event.

“We cleaned from the wastewater treatment facility to the Confluence along the Columbia River and the trail and road, and along the Kicking Horse River from the railroad bridge downstream to the Confluence.”

Volunteers enjoyed pizza, donated by Wildsight, and helped keep Golden’s shorelines clean.

Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians take action against aquatic debris by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which is presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.

Jointly led by the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), this initiative focuses on educating and empowering people to make a difference through community cleanup events.

Today, the Shoreline Cleanup is one of the largest environmental events in Canada and the third largest cleanup in the world.

Since 2003, more than 400,000 participants have removed nearly one million kilograms of garbage from Canadian shorelines.