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The Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest independent organization devoted 100 percent to the Great Lakes. Our professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world's largest surface freshwater resource.
From forging forward-looking Great Lakes policies to promoting Great Lakes education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we've been out front and behind the scenes caring for the lakes since 1970.
Adopt-a-Beach is the Great Lake Alliance's premier volunteer program, with some 10,000 participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses. More than just a beach sweep, Adopt-a-Beach teams conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing. The teams collect information and enter it into our Adopt-a-Beach online system, where it is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve beaches. The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth has put on an event known as Beach Sweep in the past, and is now making the transition to Adopt-a-Beach, coordinated by the Alliance.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes has an outstanding track record in coordinating cleanup and beach monitoring programs throughout the Great Lakes region. In addition to engaging thousands of volunteers annually in their year-round Adopt-a-Beach program on all five Great Lakes, the Alliance is the state coordinator for the annual International Coastal Cleanup event in IL, IN, MI and WI and most recently MN. The Aquarium will still serve as a home base for this event for Minnesota.
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