Seaborn Park Community Clean Up – Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 9:00am-11:00am
St. John’s, NL – This summer, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) has once again partnered with the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program (NAACAP) environmental group to create a Green Team Project that focuses on the remediation of the riparian zone along the Rennie’s River/ Leary’s Brook river systems. As a part of their efforts, the team has organized a community garbage cleanup at Seaborn Street Park on August 1st, 2015, from 9:00am-11:00pm. The Team encourages members of the public to attend this event, as it is a great opportunity to help improve the health of local river systems and learn more about the Green Team project.
The Green Team’s primary area of concentration is the riparian zone of the rivers, which is the area between the water’s edge and the dry land. It is the transition zone between the river and the land and acts as a buffer between the two environments. The riparian zone is important for a river system because it filters out pollutants from the land, both physical and chemical, and it also provides nutrients and a habitat for the animals that live in the river system.
The Green Team, led by Willem Peters with team members Dami Ladele, Jacqueline Butler, and Roxanne Van Velzen, will be working on three major projects in an effort to remediate the riparian zone: cleanup of garbage, removal of invasive plant species, and reintroduction of native plant species to the riparian zone. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work out in the field this summer on a meaningful project,” says Team Leader, Willem Peters, “We really hope that our efforts will keep the river healthy, help the native plant species flourish, and improve the overall appearance of the riparian zone!”
The Green Team program is an effort by CCNL to help youth of the province gain experience and become leaders in their community. The Green Team Program has operated in the province since 1993. It has employed more than 2,600 young people in over 250 projects in more than 100 communities across the province.
For more information, please contact Kailyn Burke at 709-726-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.