A wild and wet weekend in September saw a well-supported harbour and land clean-up of Picton and Waikawa harbours organised by local woman Linda Thompson.
Despite the wild weather it was encouraging to see so many local businesses and individuals coming out to help take care of our beautiful Marlborough Sounds environment.
With Waikawa Dive Centre providing extra organising impetus, Sounds Connection providing a boat, Marlborough Sounds Marinas providing the rubbish bins and Coastguard Marlborough providing personnel and a boat, it was a very successful day. Many more local businesses were involved as well as numerous hardy locals.
Waikawa Dive Centre’s count of the rubbish retrieved from Bob’s Bay indicates the need for this sort of community response to looking after our environment. With four boats on the job, this is what the dive centre’s rough tally of just the major items looked like:
Glass bottles and jars x 736
Cans x 77
Pipe plastic x 4
Rope x 3
Clothing including canvas x 12
Tyres x 7
Road cones x 5
We’d rather not have to do this type of clean up work, but it’s encouraging to see the great community response when it’s needed.
Photo credits: Waikawa Dive Centre0