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Howe Sound clean-up plans underway

Pitch in at Newport Beach in Squamish on Sunday, April 14
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A recent clean-up at Gower Point on the other side of Gibsons, on the border of Howe Sound.

People in the Sea to Sky Corridor care about the marine environment and have responded to local calls for a Howe Sound clean-up put out by the Future of Howe Sound Society and other groups.

Here's what is happening and how you can get involved.

*As part of the Howe Sound-wide sweep, local environmental organizations are planning a Squamish Estuary clean-up. Meet at Newport Beach on Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Please contact for more information and if you're interested in lending a hand.

 "Generally, people are very good at taking care of their community or taking charge and just doing a clean-up alone," Ruth Simons, executive director of the Future of Howe Sound Society, told The Chief.

"Anyone on the water should head out with a fine net — something you would use on a swimming pool, a tarp and clear plastic bags and help collect the Styrofoam chunks that are floating on the currents."

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Source: Gordon Bishop

*Squamish's John Buchanan will be taking volunteers over to Anvil Island at a date to be announced, weather dependent.

*At Furry Creek, debris is being piled up and the Future of Howe Sound Society will be co-ordinating a pick up from the water side, date to be announced.

*Lions Bay will have a beach clean-up day too, date to be announced, but likely mid-April.

For more information on clean-up projects, email Ruth Simons at

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