Efforts to restore Junction Creek in Sudbury continue
SUDBURY – Junction Creek is 52 km long and runs through the heart of downtown Sudbury.
On Sunday, a small group of volunteers took on the dirty work of cleaning up the litter from the waterway.
From shopping carts and needles to a lot of plastic, it’s all part of an effort to restore the stream which has been badly damaged by pollution and often used as a dumping ground.
Dressed in waders, Miranda Virtanen was in the middle of the stream pulling out of a garage.
“I have a net full of stuff that I’ve put together here, as you can see, it’s mostly styrofoam. Plastic bags, water bottles too, little pieces of plastic shards. . Lighters, yeah, you name it. Here there are shoes that we found, cans of soft drinks, “said Miranda Virtanen, executive director of the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.
Several needles were also found floating in the water.
“In different areas of the stream it’s more dangerous than others and because they float when there are ice jams they tend to accumulate in those areas,” Virtanen said.
This summer, the committee is running a free youth program called Empowering Youth for Junction Creek for teens ages 13-18.
“We have a guided hike with a wildlife naturalist who is going to teach us a bit more about the history of the creek and some of the ecology,” said Lindsay Potts, wildlife naturalist at the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.
“We have a water sampling in a stream with a water technician. The young people will be able to participate in intercultural teaching and learning.”
The motto of the committee is “to create hope through the restoration of the environment”.
“Part of the efforts of the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee is to restore the creek to be a healthy ecosystem and we are bringing that biodiversity back because Greater Sudbury as a whole has suffered a lot of damage from exploitation. forestry and mining history, ”Virtanen said.
Sunday volunteers said it felt good to do something green.
“Sometimes environmental issues can seem very overwhelming, but the best place to start is really in your own backyard and therefore one garbage at a time,” Potts said.
Over the past 20 years, the committee has said more than 84,000 kilograms of garbage have been cleaned from the waterway and hopes that one day booms will be installed in sections of the creek.