A team of 14 volunteer Lincoln Canoe Club members spent a very wet Saturday morning cleaning litter up from the The Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation as part of the national Autumn Beach Clean Summit to Sea campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage and partnered with British Canoeing.
For the first time the campaign also featured an Ocean Activists Plastic Audit, with the aim of collecting vital information on the types of material found in our waterways to challenge businesses and government in a bid to tackle the materials polluting the natural environment that we all love.
The environmental enthusiasts paddled from Lincoln Canoe Club, along the Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation retrieving 4 sacks of plastic pollution and junk, before it travelled downstream and out towards the sea.
Chantelle Grundy from Lincoln Canoe Club who organised and took part in the clean up said ‘Our club members love paddling our local waterways and are always passionate about caring for them. Our clean up and audit has revealed the most common offenders polluting the Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation are plastic bottles, food packaging, drinks cans, glass bottles and cigarette butts. However, we also retrieved a long piece of wood containing large nails, a Jerry can, a panty liner and a tea bag.'
Plastic and junk that is not disposed of properly in Lincoln is ending up in our local waterways, causing not only an eye sore but serious problems for local wildlife.– Chantelle Grundy from Lincoln Canoe Club
Lincoln Canoe Club is affiliated to British Canoeing who launched its Access and Environment Charter in Westminster last year championing the case for fair, shared and sustainable open access to inland waterways. As part of the Clear Access Clear Waters campaign, British Canoeing is pledging to continue to protect and improve the health of our rivers, addressing plastic in our waterways and highlighting the positive impact accessing our waterways can have for the environment.