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ODNR Organizes Coastal Cleanup at Cleveland Lakefront State Parks

November 9, 2012
ODNR

SANDUSKY, OH The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Office of Coastal Management and the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program are seeking assistance from people who live, work and play along Lake Erie to help clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along Ohio's coast.

The tourism industry along Ohio's Lake Erie shore creates $10 billion annually for Ohio's economy. Currently, several groups are working together to clean up the coastline to benefit local communities, counties and the state. To help with this endeavor, volunteers are encouraged to participate in a coastal cleanup scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

"Whether people are visiting in the summer, winter, spring or fall, we want them to have a positive interaction with Ohio's natural resources so they return on future trips," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "By working together to clean up the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, we can benefit coastal communities, counties and the state of Ohio."

ODNR encourages people to assist the Adopt-a-Beach groups in their organized cleanup efforts at public access locations, including the Cleveland Lakefront State Park sites of East 55th Street Marina, Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood areas.

"Lake Erie is feeling the hurt from Sandy's blast, but we are pleased to be able to give Ohioans a chance to help the Great Lakes in a time of need," said Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

A listing of additional sites where volunteers may help remove litter will be posted on the Office of Coastal Management's website: ohiodnr.com/coastal.

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To help with this endeavor, volunteers are encouraged to participate in a coastal cleanup scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Groups looking to clean up a site not listed on the Office of Coastal Management's website can contact the Alliance for the Great Lakes' Ohio Adopt-a-Beach Coordinator Hyle Lowry at 216-630-8140 or HLowry@greatlakes.org for more information.

Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.

 
 

 

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