The UT Lake Erie Center is teaming up with Barefoot Wines and the Alliance for the Great Lakes to host a public Adopt-a-Beach cleanup Friday, Aug. 3, at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio.“Cleanup efforts like this are a great way to increase public awareness about the value of the Lake Erie ecosystem and the importance of caring for it,” said Meredith Gray, UT communications and technology specialist at the Lake Erie Center.
The cleanup will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Maumee Bay State Park Beach followed by a free celebration party sponsored by Barefoot Wines inside the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center until 8:30 p.m. The celebration is open to those 21 and older; it will include music, food and drinks.
The Adopt-a-Beach program helps clean up Great Lakes’ beaches and shorelines with a special celebration recognizing volunteers’ efforts.
In 2011, more than 8,000 Adopt-a-Beach volunteers removed 32,668 pounds of trash at 254 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Gray encourages members of the University community to volunteer to assist the Lake Erie Center with its mission to engage the community in environmental education, sustainable living, and informed outreach awareness programs through the fun Adopt-a-Beach program.