Volunteers needed for shoreline cleanup on the Great Lakes

BY JESI MUNGUIA

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is putting out a call for volunteers for the annual Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. It’s part of an international cleanup program that Michigan has been involved with for 22 years. Volunteers will help clean up shorelines throughout the state.

Jamie Cross, the Adopt a Beach manager said volunteers are given a data collection card to record information about what they find on the beaches.

She said identifying and researching the debris and its impact on the Great Lakes is an important step in addressing the problem, “It connects people to the resource. It reminds us how valuable and important these are and the role that we can play to help make them cleaner and healthier. An it’s a way to gather information about what’s out there so we can craft solutions to the problems of the debris we are finding on the shoreline.”

Cross said, last year more than 5,000 pounds of trash was collected in Michigan alone. If you include Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin more than 17,000 pounds of trash was collected.

The Great Lakes Shoreline Cleanup is scheduled for September 21. For more information on how to get involved or to find a cleanup event visit www.greatlakesadopt.org.

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