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Adopt A Beach to celebrate Earth Day in Grand Marais

Apr 11, 2019 01:22PM ● By Editor
Get involved, adopt a beach, help the environment.  Photo: Alliance for the Great Lakes

From Boreal Community Media - April 11, 2019

A beach clean-up event will be held in Grand Marais Harbor on Saturday, April 20 at 11am.
This event is part of our Adopt-a-Beach Spring Kick-off. Have fun on the beach and let us know if you need anything. 
Date:  Saturday, April 20, 2019  Start Time: 11:00 AM

Event Information:
Celebrate Earth Day weekend by helping clean-up Minnesotan's favorite beaches in downtown Grand Marais. You and your crew can just show up in Harbor Park, right downtown on the harbor; we'll have bags, gloves and great scenery. Participates will be eligible for prizes and fun thank-you tokens and be part of an all-day festival celebrating Mother Nature and our beautiful beaches. 

Meetup Location:
Downtown Grand Marais, in Harbor Park on the the water.

Event Sponsors:
Voyageur Brewing Company, East Bay Suites, Nordic Nature Group, Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Northwoods Volunteer Connection, City of Grand Marais - Parks Dept., Grand Marais Area Tourism Association, Visit Cook County

You can register for the event by following this link.

More information on the Adopt A Beach from the Alliance for the Grand Lakes below.

By Elise Dolinar of WEYI-TV - April 10, 2019

April normally signals the start of beach season around the Great Lakes, even more so when we make it to Earth Day.

Volunteers are heading to the beach to do some spring cleaning as warmer weather works in around the Great Lakes.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes' Adopt-a-Beach program kicks off this Saturday, allowing thousands of volunteers to clean up their local beaches and improve the environment.

Cleanup events will be happening on all five Great Lakes during the Adopt-a-Beach Spring Kick-off event running from April 13 through April 28.

Thanks to more than 14,000 volunteers, last year's Adopt-a-Beach event resulted in the clean-up of 35,606 lbs. of litter through 900 clean-ups around the Great Lakes. 

The clean-up also brought valuable data to beach managers and scientists, which will allow them to address pollution sources and ways to combat the issue.

A majority of trash collected during the 2018 clean-up was plastic (87%).

Not only is the plastic and other garbage an eye-sore, it is also detrimental to lake and beach dwelling animals. 

Volunteers interested in participating in Adopt-a-Beach can find events in their community, or start their own cleanup HERE

There is an interactive map on the Adopt-a-Beach site, which will allow you to see where you can help. 

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