Early Earth Day cleanup planned by Bowmanville Rotary, Valley 2000

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Published April 3, 2024 at 1:10 pm

The Bowmanville Rotary Club and Valleys 2000 will be teaming up to clean up the Bowmanville Creek and Soper Creek valley lands (as well as a portion of Baseline Road) on April 20, two days in advance of Earth Day.

“Keeping a safe and clean environment is at the heart of The Bowmanville Rotary Club,” says Bernard Sanchez of the three-hour event. “Rotary and Valleys 2000 members take the Earth Day seriously.”

The effort is part of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup – a campaign involving dozens of Rotary clubs in Canada and the U.S. – and Sanchez said the annual cleanup finds all sorts of garbage, including plastic items, fishing wire, empty food containers and cans and broken glass.

This is the third year the two groups have teamed up for the event.

“The cleanup will keep Bowmanville’s outdoor activity areas at Bowmanville and Soper Creek Valleys healthier and safer, while ensuring a cleaner environment,” said Andrew Ssawe of Valleys 2000, a local group dedicated to protecting and promoting green space in Bowmanville. “The activity aligns with our strategic vision of enhancing, preserving and promoting the ecosystem of the valleys and their trails.”

The public is invited to join – with bags and gloves provided – at nine a.m. at four meeting points, with a barbecue to follow in the Spry parking lot:

  • Bowmanville Creek South Parking Lot at Spry and Baseline Avenue
  • Bowmanville Creek Dam at Roenigk Drive and King St W
  • Visual Arts Centre at the North parking lot near the baseball diamond
  • Concession St. E. at Soper Creek Drive, near the path.

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