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The city's River Clean Up program is $50,000 richer.
A cheque presentation was made at the river's edge this morning.
"It's a duel purpose program," said Andy McPherson, VP of commercial banking for HSBC Bank of Canada. "One its helping protect a beautiful jewel in the city, the water way. But we particularly like that children get involved and they get educated on the issues with water way and trying to keep this clean and pristine."
Field trips are organized for grades five and six students.
HSBC Bank of Canada handed over the grant to the city's community services branch, which makes it four years and a total of $200,000.
Photos by Scott Johnston
"We've seen reductions in the amount of debris pulled from the river," Don Belanger, the program manager for Capital City Clean Up said of how the efforts have made a difference over the past four years. We've also seen a lot more in the schools with the education program people realizing the impact the litter has on wild life. Youth are very in touch with that and they take that message home to their moms and dads," said Belanger.
The program, operated by Capital City Clean Up, removes litter and debris from the shoreline, in the river and other waterway locations in Edmonton. (sj, kdr)
On the net:
City of Edmonton - River Stays Debris-free With Help From HSBC