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Stewards for Howe Sound filled up many truck loads of debris following the punishing winter storm events this winter. Local residents took to the water and the shorelines with boats, bags and nets, many on their own and in teams.

The biggest problem was an overwhelming amount of styrofoam from damaged docks break down to tiny beads that get lodged in the sand. Tires with styrofoam inside used for floats, plastics, ropes, old dinghies, bits of dock and metals were all sent off for recycling and/or the dump. Remaining large items such as old docks with styrofoam, rusted metals and equipment have been mapped onto the Marine Reference Guide and removal of these items forms part of a longer term project.

The big Howe Sound clean up has truly been a community to community effort that has included support from public works at District of Squamish and West Vancouver. Sea to Sky Removal, a company committed to recycling construction waste donated the use of their staff and truck to pick up and find the best solutions for recycling and disposal.

Many thanks to all for efforts to date for those not mentioned but have been involved and to those that will continue to use their creativity and hard work to keep our waters and shorelines clean. The job is not over, if you are interested in participating in a shoreline clean up – please contact info@futureofhowesound.org and we will add you to the list.

Next steps will be to compile a report with recommendations for dock construction, climate change adaptation and support needed for ongoing marine debris. This report will be distributed to local, provincial and federal officials for action. To join the conversation contact us
info@futureofhowesound.org

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