Great Lakes CleanUP
Photo courtesy of Holly Wright

During our inaugural 2021 Great Lakes CleanUP, 150 volunteers removed nearly 2,000 pounds of trash from our Grand Traverse Bay shoreline and nearshore areas! Throughout the Great Lakes basin, thousands of volunteers were engaged in trash removal efforts. We hope you consider joining us for our second annual Great Lakes CleanUP to make a bigger impact this year.

The Watershed Center is partnering with dozens of organizations across the Great Lakes basin for coordinated beach and near-shore cleanups to protect sensitive Great Lake habitats and drinking water sources. Made possible by an Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, the project aims to remove 68 tons of trash from 17,120 acres across the basin by the end of 2022.

2022 Registration Open

Do-It-Yourself CleanUPs
April 22 (Earth Day) – May 6, 2022

Pick up a CleanUP kit at The Watershed Center’s office and clean a beach or shoreline near and dear to you.

Public CleanUP Events

Join us for one of our public trash removal events along Grand Traverse Bay shorelines. Please register in advance using the links below.

  • Friday April 22nd at 2:30pm at the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center in Peshawbestown – REGISTER
  • Saturday April 30th at 1:00pm at the mouth of Mitchell Creek (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ property) in Traverse City – REGISTER
  • Saturday April 30th at 2:00pm at the City of Traverse City Volleyball Beach – REGISTER
  • Tuesday May 3rd at 2:00pm at Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay – REGISTER

The Watershed Center is supported in the Great Lakes CleanUP locally by Boyne Country Sports, City of Traverse City, Cotopaxi, Discovery Center Great Lakes, Elmwood Township, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse Freshwater Society, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Green Elk Rapids, Inland Seas Education Association, Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, Traverse Bat Sunrise Rotary Club, Village of Elk Rapids, and Village of Suttons Bay.

For more information about how to get involved, contact Grand Traverse Baykeeper® Heather Smith at or 231.935.1514 x3.

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