Communities Unite for a Common Cause

Communities Unite for a Common Cause

By Stephanie Smith

Muskegon, MI – Cynthia Price has seen a lot of garbage strewn along Lake Michigan shores during her 15 years as volunteer beach cleanup site coordinator at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon, MI, as part of the annual September Adopt-a- Beach event coordinated by the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

“Thanks to thousands of volunteers like Cynthia, this program is truly making a difference,”says Stephanie Smith, education program manager with the Alliance.

For 15 years, the Alliance has brought together a diversity of interests united for a common cause: to clean up our magnificent coasts in Illinois and Michigan and contribute to a similar world-wide effort coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. This year, a record 3,900 volunteers collected more than 16,300 pounds of food wrappers, bottles, balloons, car parts, and other types of coastal debris.

To adopt a beach in your community, go to www.greatlakes.org, or email adoptabeach@greatlakes.org.

 

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