Celebrate Water Teams Up with Alliance for the Great Lakes

If you are looking for a great way to complement this year’s Celebrate Water Door County event, consider hosting a beach cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Each September, Alliance holds a September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event, which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup. This year the event is September 15, but dates and times may vary. Volunteers who participate in the event not only remove debris, they also record their findings. Last year, 15,181 volunteers removed 40,211 pounds of trash from 1,388 cleanups in the Great Lakes.

The Door County shoreline needs you! Here are two ways you can participate:

1. Become a team leader: Without you we won’t have events for interested volunteers. Recruit and organize volunteers to carry out the event then sign-up at the www.greatlakesadopt.org and choose “host your own event.” Supplies, including marketing materials, gloves, data collection cards, pencils and trash bags will be provided!

2. Join a cleanup: Search www.greatlakesadopt.org to find and register for an event. Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event.

After each event team leaders enter their data into the Adopt-a-Beach system. For more information contact: Jade Herrscher, Wisconsin Affiliate; JHerrscher@greatlakes.org

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