Coastweeks Clean-Ups Will Improve Waterway Health, Beautify Erie Shore
Clean-ups slated throughout September, including International Coastal Clean-Up Day September 19
TOLEDO, OH - During the 2009 Coastweeks observance, Ohioans will focus on the preservation and protection of Lake Erie and its watershed through a variety of cleanup events along the shoreline and throughout its watershed. Many clean-ups are scheduled for International Coastal Clean-Up Day, September 19, when people around the world will remove trash and debris to promote waterway health and improve the natural beauty of the shoreline.
Coastweeks is a celebration of Lake Erie’s diverse coastal region and the cultural and economic resources that contribute to the quality of life and vitality of the region. Lake Erie has influenced the growth of Ohio through productive agricultural lands, industries, international harbors and as a recreational destination.
This year, Coastweeks focuses on the theme, "I Can Help Lake Erie.” The program encourages people to give back by recognizing and advocating resource protection while balancing economic, cultural and environmental interests.
Special Coastweeks clean-ups include:
- Highland Park Shelter House, Toledo
- Olander Park Shelter House, Sylvania
- University of Toledo Library, Toledo
- St. Frances DeSales High School, Toledo
- International Park, Toledo
- Lake Township Friendship Park Shelter House, Millbury
- Oregon Municipal Building, Oregon
- Washington Twp. Fire Station, Toledo
- Brunswick Area Stream Cleanup in Brunswick, 9 a.m. Contact: Ed Kelly, email@example.com
or Andy Hudak, 330-558-6835.
- Euclid Creek Cleanup in Cleveland, 10 a.m. Event co-sponsored by Cuyahoga County SWCD. Contact Carol: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 216-881-8141 x 3001.
- Magee Marsh Beach Cleanup in Oak Harbor, 10 a.m. Lunch sponsored by Friends of Magee Marsh. Contact Mary Warren at email@example.com
or 419-898-0960 ext. 31.
September 19 – Euclid Beach Cleanup organized by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Crew in Euclid, 9 a.m. Contact D’Edra: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-661-6500 x 4009. This cleanup will also feature the Adopt-A-Beach Monitoring Program with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
- Mentor Marsh Trails Cleanup in Mentor, 8 a.m. Contact Becky: email@example.com
or call 440-257-0777.
- Keep Mentor Beautiful in Mentor, 8:30 a.m. Contact Bonnie: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rockefeller Lagoon Cleanup in Cleveland, 10 a.m. Contact Victoria: email@example.com
or 216-321-5935 x 234.
September 19 - Sheldon Marsh Beach Cleanup in Huron, 10 a.m. Contact John
- Put-in-Bay Clean-Up at 9 a.m. Wanted: Scuba Divers and Land Volunteers. Additional info at: http://www.diveputinbay.com
or call Samantha at 330-819-4696.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission coordinates Ohio’s observance of International Coastal Clean-Up Day and Coastweeks 2009. Through these programs, thousands of Ohioans find solutions for litter that pollutes beaches, streams and tributaries.
Environmental organizations, schools, scout groups, clubs, community groups and individuals throughout Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed are encouraged to get involved in this year’s Coastweeks by participating in or organizing an event.
Visit the OLEC Web site
or call 419-245-2514 to learn more about the 2009 Coastweeks program and how you and your community can get involved.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
For further information, contact:
Edwin Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
419. 245. 2514
Beth Ruth, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860