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Gerald Thom to be saluted during Sunday's river clean-up

Clean-up of the lower Cowichan River happens Aug. 17 while concerned Cowichanians like these work all year removing junk from our heritage waterway. This haul came from tubing between Vimy and Allenby roads. - Gwen Padur
Clean-up of the lower Cowichan River happens Aug. 17 while concerned Cowichanians like these work all year removing junk from our heritage waterway. This haul came from tubing between Vimy and Allenby roads.
— image credit: Gwen Padur

Cowichan's tireless conservationist, Gerald Thom, will be remembered during Sunday's annual Cowichan River clean-up.

"The Cowichan River is essential to sustaining life, livelihoods, and communities in the Cowichan region," a conservationists' release reads.

"Water levels are lower than ever this summer and many people  are wondering what they can do to help."

That chance involves the Lower Cowichan River Clean-up Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"Safe Youth Cowichan is a community action group made up of local youths passionate about issues youths face in today's society.

"We support the river cleanup and believe that together we can contribute to a future that includes clean, healthy water a vibrant economy and a healthy fish populations."

The volunteer, eco-event offers coffee and snacks with registration, as well as a barbecue and prizes following the cleanup.

"The cleanup is a volunteer based event, and we rely on the community to stand up for the river that makes life in our beautiful valley possible. Please join us and be part of the solution to river pollution!"

Registration happens Sunday at the Little Big House, just past Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium, between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Follow the blue signs to the river clean up Sunday morning.

"This year's clean up is dedicated to Gerald Thom, one of the best friends our watershed has ever had."

Contact, Jenni Capps from Safe Youth Cowichan at 250-715-6756, or Rodger Hunter of the Cowichan Watershed Society at 250-710-7139.

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