The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Office of Coastal Management and the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ Program are seeking assistance from people who live, work and play along Lake Erie to help clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along Ohio’s coast.
The tourism industry along Ohio’s Lake Erie shore creates $10 billion annually for Ohio’s economy. Currently, several groups are working together to clean up the coastline to benefit local communities, counties and the state. To help with this endeavor, volunteers are encouraged to participate in a coastal cleanup scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
A list of sites where beach cleanups are taking place is below. The list will be continuously updated over the next few days.
“Whether people are visiting in the summer, winter, spring or fall, we want them to have a positive interaction with Ohio’s natural resources so they return on future trips,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “By working together to clean up the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, we can benefit coastal communities, counties and the state of Ohio.”
ODNR encourages people to assist the Adopt-a-Beach™ groups in their organized cleanup efforts at public access locations, including the Cleveland Lakefront State Park sites of East 55th Street Marina, Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood areas.
“Lake Erie is feeling the hurt from Sandy’s blast, but we are pleased to be able to give Ohioans a chance to help the Great Lakes in a time of need,” said Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Groups looking to clean up a site not listed on below can contact the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Ohio Adopt-a-Beach™ Coordinator Hyle Lowry at Hyle Lowry at 216-630-8140 or HLowry@greatlakes.org.
- East Harbor State Park (Catawba Island/Port Clinton): Meet park staff at the East Harbor State Park officer’s car which will be near beach marker number 9. The parking lot servicing this location is where the causeway splits to go north and south along the shore.
- Bradstreet's Landing (Rocky River): The Adopt-a-Beach™ team will meet by the restroom building to collect litter at this site.
- Rocky River Park (Rocky River): The Adopt-a-BeachTM coordinator will meet volunteers by the restroom building to collect litter at this site.
CLSP = Cleveland Lakefront State Park sites listed west to east
- CLSP Edgewater Park Beach: Little debris has been reported at this site so The Adopt-a-Beach™ team that was originally scheduled to meet here will be helping at CLSP East 55th Street Marina and Euclid Beach. Please join them at one of these sites.
- CLSP East 55th Street Marina: Meet the Adopt-a-Beach™ coordinator at the south side of the public parking lot. There is a large volume of litter along fences.
- CLSP Euclid Beach: Meet the Adopt-a-Beach™ coordinator at the pavilion. There is a large volume of litter at the back of the beach along the hillside.
- CLSP Villa Angela Area: The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach™ will continue onto this adjacent site, time permitting.
- CLSP Wildwood Area: The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach™ will continue onto this adjacent site, time permitting.
- Wendy Park (Cleveland): Meet at the Whiskey Island Marina office. Marina staff will guide volunteers in a cleanup of Wendy Park's beach area.