Volunteers dip deep into the guck to clean trash from the Cowichan River
Stench of rotting garbage kept Seth Boisvert away from a truckload of trash hauled from the Cowichan River Saturday.
Ten-year-old Boisvert was among a volunteer team — including Cowichan Tribes members — that tackled the soggy chore.
Everything from bikes to furniture was yanked from the heritage river.
“It’s disappointing to find the amount we did,” said Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins, “but it’s good to clean it up before floods take (trash) down into the (Cow Bay) estuary.
“This trash shows a lack of respect for the wonderful piece of nature we have — we can all do better.”
Right, said Gerald Thom of the Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship Society that joined Cowichan Watershed board members in river duty. Thom was pleased folks helped revive the salmon river.
“We cleaned more than 80 per cent of the whole river, which is pretty impressive.
“It’s time more people got involved; this is our habitat and drinking water — you shouldn’t mess with nature because it’s precious.
“Those throwing stuff in should help pull it out.”