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REPORTING · 18th September 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Understanding the Environment held their Annual River Clean up on Sunday, September 13th. Over 170 people came down to the Riverlodge to grab a garbage bag, and clean up a section of Kitimat’s river area.

“We have volunteers go up and down the Kitimat River and side roads and pick up the garbage that develops over the year and we are able to get a lot of corporate sponsors. We get Canada LNG, we have Horizon North is doing a great barbecue for us,” said K.U.T.E. President Peter King.

He expressed he was happy with the turn out. Groups who were out cleaning including the Rod and Gun Club, members of Scouts Canada, the Girl Guides and even different companies came out.

People found all kinds of strange things on the Riverbank. This included a car body, underwear and rusty old car parts. The group from Reclaiming the River also found fishing line strung across a biking trail.

Workers were sent to locations to remove items that were too big to be removed during the clean-up. There were around 190 bags of garbage, 18 bags of recyclables, 2 mattresses and 2 cars collected by the volunteers.

King thanked all of the sponsors who supported the event and the people who came out.
K.U.T.E President King and Mayor Germuth were present to welcome the people of Kitimat to the event.
K.U.T.E President King and Mayor Germuth were present to welcome the people of Kitimat to the event.
The crew from KVI collected a number of old rusty car parts while they were out.
The crew from KVI collected a number of old rusty car parts while they were out.
The crew from the Haisla Village Council move on after clearing off a beach
The crew from the Haisla Village Council move on after clearing off a beach
Neil and Darren from Horizon North Camps and Catering cook up a delicious hamburger lunch
Neil and Darren from Horizon North Camps and Catering cook up a delicious hamburger lunch
Good job for the volunteers
Comment by F on 19th September 2015
I think that those who gave their own personal time should be commended. With all the complaints about garbage on the river banks and from town too the dump I think it should be looked at by council and district management. To have our own district employees do a routine check on these areas in addition to their regular rounds it may end up meaning an extra employee to help with the work load but I think last years snow storm proved that man power in public works is an issue so I think having an extra body to help clean garbage in the summer and clear snow in the winter shouldn't be an issue. I realize that there may be negotiations necessary with highways for the stretch from town to the dump, or cable car would be better but I think it's worth it maybe they'd throw in the snow clearing from cable car to town so those who have to stress about that drive in the winter would be assured of the same quality of snow clearing of main roads that those from town enjoy.
Great Job to all the volunteers !
Comment by Carol on 18th September 2015
Education at a young age is the key to teaching people about being more responsible about garbage and where it should go.

Utter laziness and no civic pride once some people get older.

Dump needs to be open in the morning too....many times I have seen people having to turn around and go back later or they just dump it elsewhere. Just drive along the logging road from the dump and you see where the garbage goes.

There is a need for a portable potty at the pull-off by the Snowflake grounds....very disgusting what is in the bush !