Looking for a volunteer effort to help keep Michigan’s Great Lakes beaches clean? Why not adopt a beach?
The Alliance for the Great Lakes offers a program called Adopt-a- Beach, a volunteer program of about 10,000 participants (individuals, families, schools, and businesses) that reaches all areas touched by the Great Lakes, from Minnesota to New York State. Volunteers not only keep beaches clean during a one day sweep in September (September 21 in 2013), but they can also adopt a beach as a year round effort, monitoring the water and entering the data into the Adopt-a-Beach online system.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes website offers numerous ways to become involved for a day, or a year. Those interested can volunteer for an existing team or sign up to lead a new team. Teams local to Monroe County include the Bolles Harbor Helpers, Belle Isle Beach Friends, and the UT Lake Erie Center in Ohio.
Want more information before committing? Contact the Alliance by email at email@example.com or by phone at 616-850-0745.
No time to volunteer? Every beach visitor can help by taking the “Healthy Beaches” pledge to not feed the birds and to carry their own trash off the beach area. Seagulls, raccoons, and other wildlife are attracted to garbage such as leftover food, which makes up almost half of the trash collected by Alliance volunteers. In turn, wildlife leaves waste on the beach which can cause contamination. Take the Pledge.
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