Community continues cleanup effort near Qualicum fish hatchery

Benjamin Klein-Beekman, Grade 10 student at Ballenas Secondary School, organized efforts to clean up an area near Claymore Road. (Submitted photo)Benjamin Klein-Beekman, Grade 10 student at Ballenas Secondary School, organized efforts to clean up an area near Claymore Road. (Submitted photo)
Steve Nikirk, and other members of B.C. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, were part of efforts to clean up areas off of Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach on June 12, 2022. Nikirk is seen here disassembling an abandoned motor home. (Kevin Forsyth photo).Steve Nikirk, and other members of B.C. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, were part of efforts to clean up areas off of Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach on June 12, 2022. Nikirk is seen here disassembling an abandoned motor home. (Kevin Forsyth photo).
The Parksville Rotarians helped clean up an area near Claymore Road on June 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)The Parksville Rotarians helped clean up an area near Claymore Road on June 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)
The site before cleanup efforts began this spring. (Submitted photo)The site before cleanup efforts began this spring. (Submitted photo)

Community members got together during the weekend to finish cleaning up along Claymore Road close to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.

Benjamin Klein-Beekman, a Grade 10 student at Ballenas Secondary School, was joined by volunteers from the Parksville Rotary Club and the B.C. chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to remove a dump truck’s worth of trash from the area on Sunday, June 12.

This weekend’s efforts were a continuation of a cleanup started in late April.

“It all kind of started with my dad and I going along, just seeing what’s out here,” Klein-Beekman said. “And there was lots of garbage out here, so we just got tired of it.”

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He said he brought the issue to the attention of one of his teachers, who sits on the school’s environmental taskforce. Klein-Beekman also contacted the Regional District of Nanaimo, who waived the fees for dumping the refuse pulled out of the area.

The garbage removed in the second round included a couch, a bunch of steel, wooden building material and an abandoned travel trailer, which had to be dismantled.

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