The Great Lakes H. Huron O. Ontario M. Michigan E. Erie S. Superior
Lake Michigan Shoreline AWisconsin Jewel Lake Michigan has a surface area of over 22,000 square miles – ranking it as the 5th largest lake in the world (Superior is 2nd, Huron is 4th). Over 10,000,000 people live within it’s watershed. You are here!
In Wisconsin steps are underway to improve our shorelines – one beach at a time.
How you can get involved A year round program September Adopt-a-Beach is part of an international event Data collection Pollution prevention and education
Make an immediate impact with every visit 3-5 visits per year Identify trends in litter type or quantities Provide “hard data” to leaders in community Raise public awareness of issues along your beach
The first Adopt-a-Beach groups in Wisconsin formed in 2004 In 2007, adopters have adopted beaches all along both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior
How does Adopt-a-Beach work? Adopters, using Alliance for the Great Lakes data forms: –Make a visual assessment of the beach and it’s facilities –Collect and record trash items from the beach –Conduct a water quality text for presence of E. coli bacteria –Enter data into the Alliance for the Great Lakes database
In 2006 Adopters from around the Great Lakes documented nearly 10 tons of trash. 154,000 cigarette butts 109,000 food related items 7,600 balloons
Taking Action Write a letter to your representatives to share you data and experience Invite others to join you on your beach visits Display results for public viewing
How else can you help? It’s as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Become A Member 2. Become A Volunteer 3. Tell Your Friends & Family About Us Visit us at: Visit us at: http://www.greatlakes.orghttp://www.greatlakes.org or Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org@greatlakes.org