Special thanks to the RedEye Staff including green blogger Supriya Doshi and our dedicated volunteers for participating in last Saturday's beach sweep at North Avenue Beach. We had beautiful crisp fall weather up until the last 20 minutes when the rain started pouring!
With about 55 volunteers we cleaned up 79 pounds of garbage and 79 pounds of recyclables! We scoured the beach to find more than 3,400 cigarette butts and a variety trash: 82 plastic bags, 565 plastic bottle lids, 3 batteries, 216 food wrappers, 33 balloons and other random items.
After the sweep, a volunteer wrote back that she now notices every cigarette butt on the sidewalk while walking to work downtown. "It's tempting to pick up every one of those cigarettes because I know they might end up in the lake!" It's true that beach sweeps are a great way to recognize the connection between our actions and the lakes!
Sign up for our last beach sweep of the season on Friday October 23rd by emailing Listentoyourlakes@sheddaquarium.org.
-Posted by Elizabeth