241 pounds of trash including over 1,000 cigarette butts, 500 plastic bottle caps, and 200 plastic bags were collected in only 3 hours on a very windy Saturday morning this September. Over 50 students and community members showed up to our event to lend a hand toward keeping our beaches clean of trash. Each September the Alliance for the Great Lakes sponsors the September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup and this year Save the Dunes joined forces with the Indiana University Northwest Geology Club to clean up Marquette Park Beach in the beautiful Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary.
Even though it was one of the first blustery cool days of fall, a fabulous time was had by all who attended this year’s September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. “We might have collected more cigarette butts, but the wind kept blowing them out of our bucket,” commented a volunteer.
Before it’s closing, the annual cleanup at Mount Baldy was traditionally sponsored by Save the Dunes. Now we’re sponsoring efforts at Marquette Park Beach and we couldn’t be happier. This was also the first year of what we hope to be a long-standing partnership with the Geology Club at Indiana University Northwest. Dr. Erin Argyilan and her students in the Geology Club were a joy to work with at the cleanup – we look forward to many years of collaboration.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out on a cold, windy day to help protect the water quality of Lake Michigan and to keep our beaches looking great. Come out next year and join us!