Kennedy Flats Clean-Up
Illegally dumped items often include household garbage, business trash, construction and demolition materials, appliances, furniture, tires, landscaping and yard waste, and chemical waste. This material can have serious effects on the environment, wildlife habitat and the ability of others to use and enjoy outdoor recreational areas.
Most of the garbage CWFS removes is from riparian areas and road ways in the Kennedy Flats Watershed. Riparian areas are the zone of interaction between the forest and the stream; the terrestrial and aquatic systems. The health of riparian forests is inextricably linked to the health of fish and wildlife populations. Riparian areas play a significant role in protecting aquatic environments from excessive sedimentation and erosion. They also supply food and shelter for fish and wildlife, act as wildlife corridors, and are instrumental in maintaining water quality!
There are roughly 420 kms of streams and riparian areas in the Kennedy Flats Watershed. Keeping these areas free of manmade chemicals and debris is essential!
This year, on August 25 th 2016, CWFS in in collaboration with the Tla-o- qui-aht Tribal Parks, Long Beach Automotive, and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) hosted a volunteer clean up of the Kennedy Flats. Four volunteers collected and removed garbage from Port Albion Road to the gun range on Kootowis Creek North Road. The material was sorted and properly disposed of at the West Coast Landfill. In total, 2 tonnes of garbage including one abandoned trailer were removed from the logging roads and illegal dumping sites.
On September 29 th , 2016 a second Kennedy Flats Volunteer Clean-Up Project was completed. Five volunteers helped remove 650 kg of trash. A large portion of this trash was collected from abandoned squatter sites around “Red Neck Beach.” This project would not have happened without the support of the ACRD, the Westcoast Landfill and the Tla-o- qui-aht Tribal Park.
Many thanks to the many volunteers who help us clean the flats!
2017 Kennedy Flats Clean-up
If you are interested in volunteering to keep clean-up the Kennedy Flats, please contact us!