COURTENAY, B.C. – A date has been set for the cleanup along the banks of Piercy Creek.

A ‘cleanup party’ of the garbage that has accumulated near a homeless camp near the Courtenay Walmart is set for tomorrow (Nov. 28).

According to the Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards, who are organizing the cleanup, some of the garbage is entering the creek and presents a hazard to the health of the stream and, eventually, the estuary.

Volunteers are meeting at the end of Piercy Avenue at the farm gate just past River Meadow Nursery entrance starting at 9:00 a.m.

To get to Piercy Avenue, take the connector toward Cumberland, immediately get in the left hand lane, cross the railway tracks then turn left onto Piercy.

Volunteers are reminded to dress appropriately for wet weather, wear heavy boots if you have them and be sure to use work gloves.

They are also urged to bring rakes, garden forks and, if they have one, a wheelbarrow.

The area is located on private land so the City of Courtenay staff don’t have the authority to clean the garbage up, according to Stewards member Tanis Gower.

“But we as volunteers are going to go in and organize a volunteer clean-up and one of our members is a farmer with a tractor, which he’ll bring to take out the stuff, and the city has agreed to dispose of it,” Gower told the newsroom last week.

The Millard Piercy Watershed is located on the outskirts of and encompasses 13 square kilometers with roughly 55 kilometers of watercourses, including ditches.

The two main watercourses: Millard and Piercy Creeks, originate in wetlands and in underground springs.