PAW PAW, Mich. — The Van Buren Voyagers 4-H Club’s Envirothon Teams are excited to announce a beach clean at the Casco Township Nature Preserve on the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven on May 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The Great Lakes Water Alliance estimates that 22 million pounds of plastic pollution end up in the Great Lakes every year. Currently, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts the only National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ‘fresh water’ marine debris assessment. They collect and study the amount/types of marine debris that wash up on the shore at the Casco Township Nature Preserve beach. In addition to making the beach clean for visitors, cleaning the full beach this year will allow the Coast Guard Auxiliary to start fresh marine debris statistics at this location.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to clean the Casco Beach on May 28; leaders will be onsite to sign community service forms. To register for the Casco Beach clean, please go to the Great Lakes Water Alliance volunteer page at https://greatlakes.org/.
CHALLENGE: If you can’t make the Casco Township Beach clean on May 28, the Van Buren Voyagers 4-H Club challenge you to find and clean a fresh water beach in your area.
For more information on Van Buren County 4-H contact Janice Zerbe, Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, 269-657-8213 or email@example.com.
— MSU Extension- Van Buren County
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