Volunteers show off their haul of garbage after cleaning up the beach near the Sicamous beach park on Sunday, April 22. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Sicamous citizens celebrate Earth Day by cleaning the beach

About 20 volunteers removed a small trailer-load of garbage from the beach

Sicamous residents celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up the community’s lakeshore on April 22.

Approximately 20 volunteers walked the beach in the morning fog collecting any garbage they could find.

The cleanup was organized by Nicole Albisser. She is well acquainted with the beach as she operates a standup paddle board and yoga business and so wants to keep the area clean for her clientele and the numerous others who enjoy the beach during the summer months.

“We got out lots of stuff and for just being out here one-and a half hours I think we did a good job.”

Albisser said volunteers collected styrofoam, cans, plastic bags, and a few tires from the beach.

“I think it’s a great thing to do it on Earth Day as we’re here to honour our earth and respect it and be more mindful of how we’re using it,” she said.

Albisser said she hopes to organize an Earth Day cleanup every year. She says a clean up after the lake water recedes in the fall, exposing more beach and possibly more garbage, is another possibility.

Susan McGee, one of the volunteers cleaning the beach said she found it surprisingly free of litter as she scoured the area below the railway bridge.

Young Lenora Kasick, another of the volunteers, came away with a bucket packed with cigarette butts, styrofoam from docks, plastic bags and other refuse that washed up on shore.


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