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GLIN==> Milwaukee area students to participate in world's largest beach cleanup

Posted on behalf of Mike Friis <michael.friis@doa.state.wi.us>


Come rain or shine, on September 14, 2001 over 750 Milwaukee area students
will participate in a beach cleanup of five Milwaukee area beaches -
Doctors, Atwater, Bradford, McKinley, Bay View and Grant Parks.   The local
beach clean up is sponsored by the WaterPartners, a consortium of local
water stakeholders, including the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education
Association, the Urban Ecology Center, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, the
University of Wisconsin Extension, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District,
United Water, Loyola Academy High School, and the City of Milwaukee Health
Department.. Students will join over 700,000 citizens worldwide in the Ocean
Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.  They will pick up and document
millions of pounds of debris from more than 4,500 beaches, lakeshores,
riverbanks and underwater sites.  In 2000 the International Coastal Cleanup
collected over 8 million pounds of trash around the world!

This cleanup is unique because all debris collected from beaches will be
documented as it is collected. "People lie behind every piece of garbage
that enters the environment," says Ocean Conservancy's President Roger
McManus.  "The responsibility for this worldwide problem does not belong
solely to industry, shipping companies, and government.  Ultimately, people
throw that trash into the street, down the toilet, into a storm drain or
overboard.  People are the problem, but people, through awareness and
education  are also the best solution."  The results of the cleanup will be
compiled by the Ocean Conservancy, which will generate an annual report on
the results of the cleanup locally and worldwide.  Information from this
event will be used to identify sources of pollution and solutions for
decreasing debris.

The beach cleanup in Milwaukee is part of the "Just Add Water" curriculum
created by the WaterPartners.  The curriculum, which focuses on water, is
presented in an engaging 4-step process consisting of a hands-on water
curriculum taught by the teacher, a watershed workshop from a WaterPartner
to discuss Milwaukee's watershed and pollution, participation in the Beach
Sweep on September 14, 2001 and concluding with Beach Sweep data analysis
and pollution prevention recommendations.

"There has been an overwhelming response by teachers to embrace the "Just
Add Water" project in 2000 and 2001," said Kae DonLevy, one of the founders
of the WaterPartners.  "Through this project we hope to make students and
faculty more aware of the unique resource we have in the Great Lakes and to
encourage stewardship for our precious resource."

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