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Winter ices Cootes spring cleanup until April 13

An unrelenting winter has forced Stewards of Cootes Paradise to delay a Big Spring Cleanup by two weeks.

Chair Alan Hansell said the event, originally planned for the end of March, will now take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 13.

“We need the snow to be gone so that we can see the ground and the spring thaw waters to subside and lay any debris down in its final resting place,” the Ancaster resident said.

Formed two years ago, the volunteer group aims to rid the Cootes watershed below the escarpment – including Spencer and Chedoke creeks – of refuse by 2015.

So far, it’s held 61 separate cleanups, attracting 235 volunteers who’ve toiled for 1,700 hours to remove more than 21 tonnes of garbage, including 240 tires, 83 shopping carts and nearly six tonnes of scrap metal.

For more details on the April 13 cleanup, call 289-239-7649, email or visit Stewards of Cootes Watershed on Facebook.

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