Great Lakes CleanUP
Photo curtesy of Rick Kane

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.

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! This year, our 2022 Great Lakes CleanUP engaged nearly 250 volunteers in trash removal efforts across Grand Traverse Bay watershed.

A big THANK YOU to our 2022 local partners including 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 Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, Village of Elk Rapids, and Village of Suttons Bay.

For more information, contact Grand Traverse Baykeeper® Heather Smith at or 231.935.1514 x3.

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