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Cleaning the planet near you! Creek Cleanup this weekend in Cootes

Volunteers make the world go around, and these folks get right into making sure the spinning globe has some clean and tidy sections: The Stewards of Cootes do weekly clean ups and invite you to volunteer to make a difference.

This session offers a chance to get right in the stream which isn't always an option due to the lifecycle of the fish. Here are the (wet or dry) details of their upcoming session in Cootes:
Sunday August 27th from 9:00 am to noon Stewards of Cootes will be meeting  in the back lot on the left side as you face 64 Hatt Street.   
Cootes Paradise, photo by Randy Kay
Volunteers who wish will be in the streams around Dundas. We will be continuing our sweeps upstream in Spencer, Ancaster and Spring creeks. Due to our short window of opportunity for in water work things are rather urgent as we are trying to finish our stream sweep before fish hatcheries force us back onto the land for the rest of the year. 
Gentle Moderate and Rugged Terrain will be available as always.
In stream work is characterized as moderate work. If you are not keen on hopping in the stream plenty of shore support will be needed and we will be continuing our work at some of the "dryer" locations.   
Walk up or sign up at stewardsofcootes.ca

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