by Brent Eades

A small but enthusiastic group of volunteers set off in a flotilla of canoes and kayaks Saturday to scour a stretch of the Mississippi River for trash and debris. The event was part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup campaign, which began as a local effort in Vancouver in 1994 and now draws an average of 60,000 volunteers across Canada each year.

We covered both banks of the river from Almonte to Appleton, and were pleasantly surprised to find very little garbage. It appears the great majority of local residents treat our river with the respect it deserves.

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One of the larger finds was this Adirondack chair.
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Passing the dying wetlands near Appleton.
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Mid-way between Almonte and Appleton.