Paddle power to clean river

Volunteers will be paddling their way to a cleaner Shuswap River next month.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Charles Ruechel of Elements Adventure Co. will again lead the annual clean up of the river.

Participants can attend the 'on foot' portion of the cleanup, paddle the river while picking up trash or attend the end-of-day event at the Mabel Lake Hall.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Meadows campsite in Cherryville. People will need gloves, snacks, water, lunch and appropriate clothing to help pick up trash on shore before starting the paddle.

Boats and paddling equipment are not provided, but are available to rent upon request.

For those coming from Vernon or north of Vernon, transportation for up to 10 people, including a canoe, can be provided at no cost.

As well, a shuttle will be provided at the end of the day to take participants back to their vehicles.

Paddlers will be arriving at Wilsey dam around 3 p.m. with the trash, and will either need to be driven to their vehicles in Cherryville or taken to the Mabel Lake hall.

While some are shuttling paddlers, others will be sorting the trash or preparing burgers and drinks.

There will be displays of water quality tests taken from streams and the river over the last few years and studies and plans regarding protection of the river.

The day will close with food, discussion and prizes for the most unusual garbage found.

Everyone is welcome for any or all of the activities, but people are encouraged to register first at [email protected] or call 250-308-8924.

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