Great Lakes CleanUP
Photo courtesy of Holly Wright

During our spring 2021 Great Lakes CleanUP week, over 100 volunteers removed nearly 1,000 pounds of trash from our Grand Traverse Bay shorelines! Throughout the Great Lakes basin, tens of thousands of volunteers were engaged in trash removal efforts.

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

While our spring 2021 cleanup dates have passed, there will be more opportunities next year.

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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