Staff from NRM North will be conducting a clean-up in Riverside and Swan Point on Tuesday 17th September, in the lead up to World Rivers Day this Sunday, when thousands of events around the world will mark one of the largest environmental celebrations on the planet.
A team of nine NRM North staff will spend 2 hours collecting rubbish along the waterfront of Swan Point and Windsor Park in Riverside. NRM North is committed to protect, restore and enhance waterway health as well as raise awareness of the issue of plastics that wash up on the shores of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary. This year’s World Rivers Day theme is “waterways in our communities” with a special emphasis on the need to protect and restore urban waterways which are often under great pressure.
One of NRM North’s longstanding team members, Lauren Bird, Biodiversity Coordinator, is looking forward to spending the morning demonstrating the impact small actions can make.
“Caring for our environment has always been a personal passion of mine. Participating in the World Rivers Day clean-up event is not only a way of celebrating our rivers and the natural resources they provide, but also acknowledging that maintaining and improving the health of our rivers and environment for the future requires a united community approach.” says Ms Bird.
NRM North has conducted a clean-up at Swan Point annually to mark World Rivers Day since 2016 and at Windsor Park since 2018. Some items collected in previous clean-ups include a scooter, chair, 44-gallon drum and even a shopping trolley.
Dr Darcie Leong and Dr Toni Furlonge, organisers of this year’s event, are not surprised that there is still rubbish to be collected, as these two areas tend to collect much of what moves in the estuary with the tides.
“This is just an example of the type of depositional beach that experiences accumulation of plastics and other material that were previously floating around in the water. We all need to actively and regularly tackle the problem, because it won’t fix itself” Dr Leong says.
NRM North are proud to lead by example to help make the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary a plastic free environment. This event proves to be a good warm up to the Catch it in the Catchment public clean-up event that will be held on Sunday, November 10th (hosted by Tamar NRM).