2013-09-12 / Lifestyles

Volunteers needed for coastal cleanup

Volunteers are needed to join the annual September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers can join cleanups in their area or lead their own event.

The event is 9 a.m. - noon, Sept. 21, though dates and times for some cleanups may vary depending on location.

Select Great Lakes beaches and shorelines in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin are included in the clean-uop. To find events, go to www.greatlakesadopt.org. For info on in-person and web-based trainings, see www.greatlakes.org/ adoptabeachtrainings.

Adopt-a-Beach is open to everyone, from individuals and business groups to community groups and school groups. There are two ways to participate: Register to volunteer for a cleanup at www.greatlakesadopt.org; or sign up to lead your own team at www.greatlakes.org/teamleader.

Thousands of Adopt-a- Beach volunteers turn out each September to pick up trash – more than 17,000 pounds of it along 230 coastal locations during last year’s September cleanup – record their findings, and perform simple water quality tests to determine the water’s health.

To learn about the annual September cleanup contact Nicole Kirksey, state coordinator at (616) 850-0745, ext. 13 or nkirksey@greatlakes.org.

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