Get Involved in the World’s Largest Shoreline Cleanup on September 19!

The Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy invite you to join hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide in cleaning up beaches and shorelines on Saturday, September 19, during the 2015 Adopt-a-Beach™ event held in Michigan and other Great Lakes states. The annual Adopt-a-Beach™ event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy. In last year’s clean-up, Michigan volunteers put in 11,304 hours and removed 9,207 pounds of trash. The Office of the Great Lakes, Coastal Zone Management Program is a long-time supporter of Michigan’s annual Adopt-a-Beach™ event, and we would love to see more volunteers removing more trash from our coasts in 2015.

Walking the beach, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, and leaving the shoreline cleaner than you found it are some of the perks of pitching in on the clean-up event. Another important benefit is that the trash collected is tallied, and the resulting data on the types and quantities of trash items feed into research projects aiming to identify the origins of the trash and ways to curb it.