Where the Shuswap meets the Okanagan

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River Clean-Up Garbage Can Program Begins

August 18, 2009 

 

In order to accommodate the increased number of people using the Shuswap River, four garbage cans have been installed at key locations on the Shuswap River for the remaining weeks of summer weather.

Two garbage cans have been placed at Eby’s Hand Launch and two at the Riverside Hall Hand Launch in Ashton Creek. All of the garbage cans are blue with yellow "River Clean-Up" insignias. This is a pilot program which will run from mid-August until mid-September. Garbage pick-up will occur several times per week.

Many businesses and organizations have stepped forward to contribute to this initiative. Funding for installation and maintenance was provided by the Enderby & District Credit Union, the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce, the Enderby Tube Taxi, and the Enderby/Area F Services Committee. Services and materials were donated by Mountain View Electric and Belvedere Services.

Explaining why the purity of the river is vital to local business, Tube Taxi Operations Manager Ryan Moores says that "As a business which operates on the Shuswap River, the Enderby Tube Taxi's success is directly linked to the health of the river. In addition to our own efforts to keep the river clean, including providing educational seminars on ecological sustainability to our customers and using tubes which are equipped with their own trash disposal pockets, we are proud to support the garbage can pilot program and the numerous other ways in which our business community contributes to the health of the river. See you all down on the river!"

Mayor of Enderby Dee Wejr recognizes that river sanitation is crucial if future generations are to enjoy the same natural resources that we do today. "As part of the Enderby/Area F Services Committee, I am pleased to provide the funds for garbage cans at key spots along the river. I encourage everyone to make use of them and help keep our river in its pristine state. It takes commitment from everyone to ensure that we have the same beautiful river to enjoy in the future, that we have now."

For Enderby & District Credit Union General Manager Ted Morrison, the health of the river is connected with the concerns of the local community which his credit union serves. "As part of our overall Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, the Enderby & District Credit Union could not have found a worthier cause to support. It is our hope that with this pilot project – the placement and management of the garbage cans – we as a concerned community are taking the right steps towards an overall river management process."

Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tate Bengtson observes that "the net increase in visitors using the river for recreational purposes has been significant. While this increase is a benefit to our community in many ways, it necessitates a corresponding investment in river management. This pilot program came together quickly as a result of the hard work and collaboration of many different people. I see this program as a testament to the value of close cooperation between the City of Enderby, Area F, and the business community; when a problem emerges, it can be dealt with swiftly and constructively through cooperation. The River Clean-Up garbage cans are an important step in solving the immediate problem. However, I see this as the first step towards implementing a more comprehensive sustainable river management strategy over the long term.

"I would also like to remind local residents that the Chamber will again be sponsoring and organizing Rivers Day," continues Bengtson. "Rivers Day will occur on Sunday, September 27th. Please contact the Chamber for more details on how you can be a part of this fantastic event in which the community comes together to celebrate, honour, and heal the Shuswap River."

Residents are advised that the River Clean-Up Garbage Cans are intended for waste related to recreational use of the river and are asked to continue using the appropriate facilities for household and business waste disposal. Abuse of the River Clean-Up Garbage Cans will result in their removal.