LAKE ERIE 2016 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
This year’s ICC will include 17 sites in Erie County including:
- Raccoon Creek Park
- Avonia Beach Park
- Erie Bluffs State Park/Elk Creek
- Walnut Creek Access Area
- Upper Walnut Creek
- Presque Isle State Park
- Cascade Creek/Frontier Park
- Upper Millcreek
- Downtown Erie
- McDannell Run
- Fourmile Creek-Upper & Lower
- Sevenmile Creek
- Shades Beach Park – Harborcreek
- Shorewood Park – Harborcreek
- North East Marina, Freeport Beach, Twentymile Creek Park
- Edinboro Lake/Mallor Run
- Bridger Park – Millcreek Township
- East Avenue Boat Launch
Information gathered i past cleanups has been used as educational material for environmental programs in local schools and high lighted in the Erie Times-News, Newspapers in Education section. During the school year, the Erie Times News publishes a page dedicated to environmental issues every Tuesday.
History: The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a worldwide cleanup event and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Beginning in 1986 with 12 sites on the Texas coastline, the ICC has grown to over 6,000 sites in 92 countries with more than 650,000 volunteers. It is the largest volunteer driven, beach cleanup effort of its kind across the world.
Data & Facts: The Department of Environmental Protection has joined with other organizations and community leaders to help improve the Lake Erie watershed on September 17, 2016 during the Pennsylvania Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup. For the past 13 years, over 13,000 dedicated volunteers have removed more than 64 tons of debris and trash from the Lake Erie shoreline and surrounding watersheds. Six years ago volunteers began separating and tallying recyclables and have collected over 3 tons of recyclable materials from Lake Erie shores. The group is urging residents of northwestern Pennsylvania to help clean up trash along Erie County waterways from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.
DEP’s Coastal Resources Management program has been the main sponsor of the PA-Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup since 2003. For more information, visit http://nie.goerie.com/coastalcleanup/.
For more information on the Ocean Conservancy, International Coastal Cleanup, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international,-coastal-cleanup.
Contact: Jake Moore at 814-217-9634 firstname.lastname@example.org
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