In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the Rivière des Mille Îles, 1022 pounds of waste were collected on September 10th during the third annual cleanup of its banks.
This year, residents of the cities of Rosemère, Blainville and Sainte-Thérèse, in collaboration with the organization Mission 1000 tons, joined the initiative of the Commission de l’environnement of the City of Boisbriand. For the first time, two sites were cleaned, several kilometers in Boisbriand (483 pounds of waste collected) as well as the site of the Sainte-Thérèse water purification station located in Rosemère (539 pounds of waste collected).
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“I am proud that the citizens of Boisbriand and those of neighboring towns are once again investing in cleaning up our common source of drinking water. This chore is consistent with one of our intervention strategies included in our environmental policy, namely to promote the preservation of aquatic environments. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of all the members of the Environment Committee, chaired by my colleague Maude Whittom,” said the Mayor of Boisbriand, Christine Beaudette.
“The citizens of our cities are consumers of river water. It is important that its quality remains and we have to carry out this cleaning, which is a good citizen gesture,” commented Francis Allaire, Councilor for the Environment and Ecological Transition at the City of Blainville.
“This cleaning effort is proof that citizens are ready to unite and mobilize to keep our river clean and welcoming, but also to preserve this wealth that contributes to the protection of the natural environment,” said the mayor of Rosemere, Eric Westram.
“Rivière des Mille Îles is home to a rich and diversified biodiversity that benefits a large number of nature enthusiasts. It is also our only source of drinking water. For this reason, we are proud to have taken part in this major clean-up,” said Mr. Christian Charron, Mayor of the City of Sainte-Thérèse.
The four cities thanked all the participants who volunteered to collect waste and protect the banks, as well as Mission 1000 tonnes for its contribution to the success of the event.
Mission 1000 tonnes
The Mission 1000 tonnes goal is to organize the removal of 1000 tonnes of waste from the planet’s waterways. 1 waste removed = 1 less hazard in nature. Their initiative also aims to mobilize and educate citizens, businesses and politicians worldwide in order to take concrete action to save the oceans and protect aquatic ecosystems. With the Mission 1000 tons, they want to highlight and raise awareness of various eco-responsible products and lifestyles in order to reduce the amount of waste, particularly plastic, generated by our lifestyles. The Mission 1000 tons works in collaboration with many partners and citizens to stimulate the creation of concrete initiatives for the protection of ecosystems.