Garbage in St. Lawrence River drawing complaints

In this screen grab from a Facebook video, a plastic bottle and bag are among the items floating in the St. Lawrence River a few feet from the shore next to the waterfront trail on Sept. 10, 2015. The river institute will be looking into the situation with a possible plan to clean it up. (Photo/Brent Kearns)
In this screen grab from a Facebook video, a plastic bottle and bag are among the items floating in the St. Lawrence River a few feet from the shore next to the waterfront trail on Sept. 10, 2015. The river institute will be looking into the situation with a possible plan to clean it up. (Photo/Brent Kearns)

CORNWALL – Garbage, floating in the St. Lawrence River, a few feet from the Cornwall Waterfront Trail, has drawn the attention of some residents.

The area is the floating trail section behind the Weave Shed, to the west of McConnell Avenue, near the Cornwall Harbour.

“You’ve got kids swimming in here, people fishing….what a waste,” said Brent Kearns in a video showing plastic bottles, plastic bags and other items floating amongst the river plants.

St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences spokeswoman Karen Cooper told Cornwall Newswatch, the offshore water is somewhat of a “gray area” when it comes to jurisdiction.

Cooper said her office has also received a complaint about it and would be going down Thursday afternoon to take a look at the situation.

She said people need to remember “that’s source water…we drink that water.”

The river institute normally holds riverside cleanup days but for regular cleanup of garbage “it’s nobody,” Cooper said, when it comes to responsibility.

City of Cornwall spokesman Kevin Lajoie told CNW the city has cleaned up along the shoreline “in the past from time to time…we do it to the best of our abilities.”

Lajoie said it tends to be a spot where litter gathers.

Someone from the city will be inspecting the area tomorrow.

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