This weekend, thousands of people hit the beach all around the Great Lakes — and not just to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Volunteers all across the region participated in the largest Great Lakes cleanup day of the year: September Adopt-a-Beach.
From Lake Superior to Lake Ontario, and everywhere in between, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers combed their local shorelines and picked up litter. And this is not your average walk on the beach — Adopt-a-Beach volunteers put in work. Over the course of the whole summer last year, volunteers picked up more than 45,000 lbs. of litter, 85% of which was plastic. Yuck.
We’re working on compiling the data from this year’s September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup day. But one thing is for sure, people all around the region had a great day making a difference for the Great Lakes. Here is just a sampling of how volunteers tackled September Adopt-a-Beach this year.