Our nation’s beach water suffers from contamination and pollutants; in fact, Ohio beaches are the second most polluted beaches in the United States, and Cuyahoga County recently replaced Lorain County for the most polluted beach water alongside Lake Erie in Ohio counties. The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that Ohio’s beaches are the most polluted along the Great Lakes after analyzing more than 3,000 beaches from the 30 states with coastlines. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is volunteering for a second year to join in on a shoreline cleanup program – Adopt-a-beach presented by Alliance for the Great Lakes. This programs allows volunteers to join together to remove trash from beach and shorelines along the Great Lakes coastal areas.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium encourages all to join us in our efforts, as we have adopted Edgewater Beach in Cleveland. The GCA will be volunteering and removing trash from Edgewater Beach on the following dates and times:
Guests can register online at www.greatlakesadopt.org to take part in the cleanup. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need a parent’s permission. For more information on the event we ask that guests email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the clean-ups. The GCA recognizes that the Great Lakes shoreline and beaches are right in our own back yard, and we wish to have fun during this process while giving back to the places we care about. The information gathered will be used to make positive changes for our Great Lakes.