NWCC Teams Up for Tsunami Debris Cleanup
Students, World Wildlife Fund, and Parks Canada clean Porcher Island shores
Some Northwest Community College students are lending a helping hand this weekend, in cleaning up the B-C shorelines of Japanese tsunami debris.
On Friday, students of the Applied Coastal Ecology Program headed out to Porcher Island off the coast of Prince Rupert, along with the World Wildlife Fund and Parks Canada.
NWCC's Communication's Director Phil Saunders says the students can learn a lot from an activity like this.
"Part of the learning there is what happens when things flush out to sea, and how does that impact the larger body of water, and so our students are really going to have an opportunity here to learn a lot about currents, and flows, and debris."
Saunders says the students will likely to study the material picked up on the island's shores.
The public have been advised to call in any Japanese tsunami debris they find along BC's shores, but Saunders notes that Parks Canada, a federal agency, has given the students special permission to handle any foreign material washed in from the Japanese tsunami.