Great Lakes CleanUP
Photo courtesy of Holly Wright

Please join us April 24 – May 2, 2021 for the first annual Great Lakes CleanUP, a collaborative single-week trash removal event across the Great Lakes basin.

The Watershed Center is partnering with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Friends of the Detroit River, and Milwaukee Riverkeeper 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 2022.

Important Dates

April 24 – 30: Do-It-Yourself, contactless beach cleanups (trash collection kits will be provided).

May 1 and 2: Organized, safe, public beach cleanups at several beaches and parks along Grand Traverse Bay.

Summer 2021: Organized, safe, public in-water cleanups. Locations, dates, and registration coming soon.

Spring and summer 2022: Cleanup details to come!

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

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