Little River Spring Cleanup Event 2019
Gina Pannunzio, Kelly LaForest and Ian Naisbitt
On Tuesday April 2, Essex County Nature was invited by the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and the Essex Region Conservation Authority to participate in a river cleanup in the Little River watershed. Windsor Casino’s Code Green group helped coordinate the event, brought many supplies and sent numerous volunteers to this event. Thankfully, Mother Nature cooperated by being sunny and mild.
About 50 volunteers cleaned up the section of Little River between Lauzon Road and Tecumseh Road East, adjacent to the Canadian Tire Store. They worked from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This notorious section of river is infamous for shopping carts. This was the 15th time the community has cleaned up the human debris from this site since autumn1996.
Along with the Code Green group, there were volunteers from the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, University of Windsor, Essex County Nature and the Little River Enhancement Group. This hard working group pulled out eight shopping carts (no surprise here), one lawn chair, one bike, one garbage pail, two recycle bins, industrial hoses, two children tents, a large pile of wood, an aquarium, a stove pipe baffle and 55 bags of recyclable content and landfill waste.
We are always pleased to see local wildlife surviving in the Little River Watershed. During this cleanup we observed a Belted Kingfisher. There were many people kayaking and canoeing up this section of Little River and they were all thankful for the group to be out there.
We appreciated Code Green coordinating this cleanup event and look forward to working with them in the future!