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GLIN==> Racine to Launch Beach Cleanup, State Coastal Awareness Month



For immediate release
Sept. 13, 2006

 

Contacts: 

J.D. Strauss: 262-632-6440 ext. 27

Cameron Davis: 312-375-2004


 

 

Racine to Launch Beach Cleanup, State Coastal Awareness Month

 

 

RACINE, Wis. -- Sprucing up the lakefront to draw more people to Lake
Michigan and inspire greater investment in this vital resource will be
the focus of a press conference and "Family Beach Cleanup" Saturday,
Sept. 16 at North Beach.

 

Gary Becker, mayor of Racine and chairman of the Wisconsin Coastal
Management Program, will be joined at a 9:30 a.m. press conference with
representatives of SC Johnson, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the
Racine Health Department and others to issue a state proclamation
declaring September "Wisconsin Coastal Awareness Month."

 

The event kicks off Racine's first September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, a
volunteer cleanup that coincides with the Ocean Conservancy's
International Coastal Cleanup the same day. Other featured events
include:

 

*        The Racine County Dive Team will be on hand to display
equipment and demonstrate an underwater cleanup.

*        Migratory bird management representatives will demonstrate how
border collies are used to control geese and gull populations.

*        The Racine Zoo will provide a "hands-on" educational booth
exploring the wildlife of the Great Lakes region.

*        The Racine Health Department will discuss its beach monitoring
program, how and why beach advisories and closings are issued, and
efforts to improve local beach health.

 

"Citizen volunteers have been an integral part of community efforts to
improve beach aesthetics and recreational water quality in Racine," said
Becker. "The Alliance's Adopt-A-Beach Program is another way in which
people can get involved and become stakeholders in the protection and
restoration of the Great Lakes." 

 

 

The Alliance for the Great Lakes' Adopt-a-Beach program - a 15-year
institution in neighboring Michigan - has been launched in Southeast
Wisconsin after two years of piloting, powered this year in large part
by a $30,000 WCMP grant.

 

"At a time when beaches are under heavy pressure to provide recreation
and quality of life in the region, the Alliance's Adopt-a-Beach program
is a way for people to give something back and be part of the solution,"
said Cameron Davis, president of the Alliance (formerly the Lake
Michigan Federation).

Davis praised Becker for his leadership in Racine, with WCMP and the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and thanked SC Johnson in
Racine and Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee for their support of the
Adopt-a-Beach program in Wisconsin.

In Illinois and Michigan alone last year, more than 3,900 volunteers
removed nearly 20,000 pounds of trash along 187 miles of shoreline
during the one-day September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. Today 100-plus
volunteer groups participate in Adopt-a-Beach programs on four of the
five Great Lakes - a chance to be "part of something bigger" while
making a difference in their own back yards.

 

"The Department of Administration's Coastal Management Program is proud
to support the Adopt-A-Beach program," said Laura Arbuckle,
administrator for the Division of Intergovernmental Relations. "Racine's
coastal cleanup is one of many events taking place during Wisconsin's
2006 Coastal Awareness Month and embodies the sprit of enjoyment and
stewardship that the month commemorates."

 

Art Montgomery, Wisconsin Adopt-a-Beach coordinator for the Alliance,
noted that Wisconsin residents have a long history of stewardship to the
state's beautiful natural resources. "The Adopt-a-Beach program has
given our volunteers an important tool in their continued efforts to
assure that future generations benefit from this beautiful resource," he
said.

 

Visit http://www.greatlakesadopt.org/home.php
<http://www.greatlakesadopt.org/home.php>  for more information about
Adopt-a-Beach, and http://coastal.wisconsin.gov to learn more about the
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

 

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Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest citizens'
Great Lakes organization in North America. Our mission is to conserve
and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy,
education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean
water for generations of people and wildlife.

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