The Alliance for the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and shoreline areas in the world! It's our responsibility to ensure their health. The Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ teams are creating positive changes for our Great Lakes.
Year-round Adopt-a-Beach™ Program: Schools, families, businesses and community groups adopt beaches and shoreline areas in their local community to conduct litter removal and monitoring and water quality testing. Adopters work with the Alliance to locate a beach to adopt, log the information they gather into our online database and use it for pollution prevention and educational purposes.
It's fun. It's easy. And here's how it works: Adopters commit to multiple visits per year. During the visits, adopters use Alliance forms to collect data on different aspects of their beach. Adopt-a-Beach™ teams are from all walks of life including: individuals, families, businesses and community groups.
1. Investigate beach health: Answer questions that help identify possible pollution sources at your beach.
2. Tidy up a bit: At each visit, litter is collected, recorded and recycled or disposed of properly.
3. Check the water: Using a simple test, investigate bacteria levels in the water. High bacteria levels can cause beach closings and swimming bans.
Please contact your state coordinator for more information about adopting a beach:
Annual events to help you get started…
You can get started adopting any time of the year by just contacting the state coordinator, however below are a few opportunities to get started in the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ program:
Spring Kickoff Adopt-a-Beach™ Cleanup: Kick off the beach season by scheduling a data collection visit during the last two weeks of April. Contact us to participate in the Spring!
September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event: Be part of this annual one-day event that is part of an international cleanup and data collection effort. This is the largest single one-day cleanup in the world. The Alliance joins forces with the Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup in September.
We are currently making improvements to the Adopt-a-Beach™ Program. As a result, our online database is off-line. To get new visit forms and learn more about our changes, contact your state coordinator for the Adopt-a-Beach™ Program.