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Alliance for the Great Lakes – Are you in?

Last Wednesday, the community came together for a waterfront cleanup that saw over 120 lbs of trash picked up at Woodlawn Beach. 120 lbs! It took 50+ volunteers to tackle the job. It was also just the start of a number of waterfront cleanups that will be held throughout the summer.

“This cleanup was a partnership between local Starbucks branches who engage their employees and customers in Adopt-a-Beach every year,” said Nate Drag, Water Project Manager at Alliance for the Great Lakes. “We are hoping to build on the momentum from that event with the social event this week at Resurgence (see below). Instead of having people picking up debris, we want to bring them together to get to know each other and to talk about how they view the water in our region, what their concerns are, and learn how they would like to work to help continue to improve our waterways. There’s going to be food and refreshments, an interactive mapping activity to pinpoint key coastal areas, and Great Lakes trivia.”

This evening, Wednesday, June 28, The Great Lakes Alliance is hosting a meet up for our volunteers, supporters, and anyone new that might be interested in volunteering with free food and refreshments at Resurgence Brewing Company at 6:30 pm. For more details on this fun event and to RSVP, please click here.

If you can’t make it this evening, but you still want to be involved with cleanup efforts, check out the following:

On July 3rd, the Alliance is collaborating with All Hands on Deck for a very special event that needs our help. The goal of this event is to raise awareness for Great Lakes protection by bringing people across the Great Lakes to their local beach and join hands — forming a chain of Great Lakes love across the entire region. This is where our volunteers come in. There is a lot of shoreline to cover, and team leaders are needed to organize this event on their local beach. Find out more info on this unique event by clicking here.

In addition to the event on Wednesday at Resurgence, there ar a few other public events in July too:

  • Thurs, July 13th at Beaver Island State Park – 10 am – 12 pm – volunteers are needed for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup and invasive plant removal at the East River Marsh
  • Weds, July 19th at Buffalo Outer Harbor – 6:00 pm – volunteers are needed for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup with a social gathering after

Volunteers can sign up for both of these at

“The All Hands on Deck event is something that we are helping to promote but aren’t personally coordinating,” mentioned Drag. “We wanted to encourage our volunteers to participate in any events in their communities or become a captain if they are interested. It’s a new event that is in its first year but it’s a great idea to bring people together.”

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