Local government and business pitch in to clean up a vital Pitt Meadows waterway. Collecting garbage along the Katzie Slough, the team finds 300 pounds of waste, and offers manufacturers a valuable insight into their waste’s final resting place.
In Pitt Meadows a 10 km long greenway follows the Fraser and Pitt Rivers thanks to regional and municipal collaboration. It’s a great place for biking, walking, and bird watching. And this riverside community cleanup is helping keep it that way.
The Katzie Slough is an important waterway. It recently got treated to a stream-side cleanup, as employees from a local business scoured for garbage on all sides of the slough, under the Golden Ears Bridge.
“It’s part of our Maurice Cares Day,” explains Penny Osborn of Maurice Sporting Goods. “We are teaming up with the city of Pitt Meadows to help clean up the Katzie Slough — cleaning up garbage, picking up cigarette butts and itemizing it. It’s part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.”
Although the slough looks unassuming, it’s an essential waterway, as it provides almost all the drainage capacity that keeps Pitt Meadows from flooding. Plus, recent studies found several fish species in it.
“It is something that we take great pride in,” says Pitt Meadows mayor Deb Walters. “We are ‘Pitt Meadows The Natural Place’ (referring to the town slogan) and it’s important for us to keep all of our river beds clean.”
What’s happening today is an example of one of many Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups happening throughout the year that the public can find and join online.
“They track the garbage and waste that’s being found during these cleanups,” says Dana Parr, Planner and Co-Chair of the City of Pitt Meadows’ Green Team. “Then they contact the manufacturers and let them know where their stuff is winding up, so perhaps they can come up with a plan to prevent it from ending up in places like this.”
At the end of the event they weigh the garbage they collect. Today they have collected over three hundred pounds of garbage and recyclable materials out of the slough, which is good news for Pitt Meadows and the future of this hidden but vital waterway.
“We want to leave a green footprint,” says Mayor Walters. “We are working with our community partners, businesses, and volunteers and we want to create a positive, sustainable future.”