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GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEANUP KINGSTON, LOYALIST & ISLANDS

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Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup: Kingston, Loyalist & Islands - Saturday, May 29, 2021, pick up shoreline trash -clean water here & downstream

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Rotary Clubs surrounding the Great Lakes and Watershed, are organizing the first, single-largest cleanup event ever planned in honour of f Earth Day 2021. Due to the lockdown this event can not take place in April but is postponed to May 29. We hope to involve all interested parties and communities and high school volunteers!

Register now to help, and be part of history!

In Kingston and Loyalist Township, all the Rotary Clubs, partner organizations and community volunteers are working together to organize this important event, so you can register to clean close to home. The sites are grouped into five areas: Loyalist, Kingston West, Kingston Central, Kingston East and the Islands. Within these areas, there will be more than 20 potential cleanup sites along the shores of the Cataraqui River, Little Cataraqui River, Collins Creek, Lake Ontario, St Lawrence River, as well as other rivers and lakeshores ready to be cleaned! All sites will be accessible by land.

Cleanup Site assignments will depend on the cleanup area you register for. You will be notified by April 19, to which site you'll be assigned.

There is a draw for prizes for early-bird registration (or before May 20th), so register early!

More than 10 million kilograms of trash and plastic ends up in the Great Lakes each year. The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s freshwater and the Great Lakes System is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet. It borders 8 states, 2 provinces and has 16,900 kilometers of shoreline. Trash, plastics and other litter items in oceans, lakes, and rivers pose a threat to terrestrial and aquatic life. The trash often becomes micro plastics and harmful toxins, and pollutes one of the most precious and limited natural resources. Shopping carts, tires, furniture, trash, foam cups, plastic containers, cigarette butts, lids and aluminum cans contaminate our waterways.

The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Erie to a comprehensive plan to focus attention on all 5 of the Great Lakes and to all the streams and waterways feeding them.

COVID-19 COMPLIANCE

New Cleanup Date May 29 2021

Because of the pandemic and resultant emergency lock-down situation in Ontario, Rotary (District 7040) has recommend a postponement. We want all our volunteers to be safe, not take any unnecessary risks and abide by regulations.

We will adhere to all Public Health directives applicable at the time.

  • The clean-up is an outdoors activity
  • Volunteers will be deployed solo, or in household groups of 5 (people who live within your household), or small “Bubble" teams
  • Appropriate distancing
  • All participants will be physically distanced (and masked, if required)
  • Volunteers are asked to bring own equipment (i.e. mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, personal reusable water bottles, and pickup stick if you have one) on the day of the event. (Garbage bags will be supplied.)

Email screening: Anyone with the following, ON or AFTER April 1, will not be able to participate

  • new symptoms, or
  • who has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 or
  • who tested positive for Covid-19


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