Friday, September 16, 2011

North Woods Conservancy coordinates Keweenaw Adopt a Beach September Cleanup

CALUMET -- The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) is once again coordinating the Keweenaw Adopt a Beach effort. Teams of volunteers will be going out to various beaches on Sept. 17 and 18 to collect trash and record what they find. Since Saturday, Sept. 17, conflicts with the Parade of Nations, most local groups do the cleanup on Sunday, Sept. 18; but Beach Captains may choose any date and time, plus or minus a week.

Beach at Bete Grise Preserve: Sue Haralson of the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District is Beach Captain for Bete Grise South. Stewards of Bete Grise and anyone else who wishes to help are invited to meet at the Bete Grise Preserve parking lot at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, for the cleanup. Gina Nicholas will be at the Bete Grise North Public Beach. Call Sue at 906-369-3400 if you have questions about the Bete Grise cleanup.

The Keweenaw Adopt a Beach cleanup is part of the Michigan Coastal Cleanup, which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which engages people to remove trash from the world's beaches and waterways, to identify sources of debris, and to change behaviors that cause litter and pollution. The ultimate goal of North Woods Conservancy is to clean the entire perimeter of the Keweenaw, from Misery Bay all the way around the Tip of the Keweenaw and down to L'Anse, at the foot of Keweenaw Bay, including the Portage Ship Canal, Portage Lake, Torch Lake, and all interior lakes and rivers.

Click here to visit the NWC Web site for photos and a list of sites with Beach Captains listed.

Many sites still need to be claimed and cleaned up. If you would like to be a Beach Captain and join this effort, call 906-370-9022 or email

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