Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Clean Up the Creek


Hands On work for Dundas Area Hikers!

Everyone is invited  to come join us in cleaning up Ancaster (Coldwater ) Creek beside University Plaza this Saturday September 29th.  We are going after 58 Shopping carts and 49 tires most of which are right in the creek!   Turtles have been known to get stuck in tires and die and shopping carts serve as little more than cages for all forms of aquatic life.
We'll be providing hip waders and working right in stream.  For those of you who prefer your feet on dry land we have plenty clean up to do there as well.  We have about 20 student volunteers from McMaster coming and all and all it should be a blast! 
We're running from 9:00 to 4:00 but you can drop in whenever you're available.  Lunch will be provided. 
If your interested let me know your shoe size and the rough time that you think you'd be there so that we can have waders set aside for you. 
We'll have some gloves available but bring them if you got them. 
All are welcome so by all means bring out your friends. 
On this particular clean-up there are unfortunately few ways for kids to participate so you're best to let them have fun at home.  Teenagers could muck in but they'd need you there to sign a waiver and keep an eye out for them. 
Parking is behind the Metro at University Plaza. The south east corner of the property.  The green arrow on this map shows the parking spot exactly. http://goo.gl/maps/BYLsu
Here, you'll find a trail head for the Hamilton/Brantford Rail Trail that runs behind the property.  Hang a left onto the trail and head east (towards Hamilton) for about 150 m.  As you get to the far end of the trial bridge ( under construction ? ) you'll head down the embankment on the leftside (North).  There is a switch back road covered in grass that leads down the embankment.  Enter the wooded trail at the bottom and 20 feet later you'll find us. 
Again the green arrow on this map shows you exactly where we'll be workinghttp://goo.gl/maps/zUwYh  
This event is put on by our newly formed volunteer organization Stewards of the Cootes Watershed in partnership with the long established Field and Stream Rescue Team.  
If you'd like to know more about Stewards of the Cootes Watershed , I have included a little intro piece that will explain more about our objectives and activities. 
Hope to see you on Saturday 
Best Regards,  Alan
alanhansell@gmail.com

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