We’ve all seen that the beaches and lakes across the country can get pretty dirty. In the Midwest, that’s where the Alliance for the Great Lakes comes in.
Founded in 1970 by Lee Botts as the Lake Michigan Federation, it focuses on not only protecting the Great Lakes, but also keeping them healthy and safe. They’ve led many campaigns and succeeded including:**
- Championed federal ban on microbeads in personal care products like face wash and toothpaste, preventing the tiny plastic particles from entering the Great Lakes;
- Released groundbreaking report calling for permanent separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to prevent inter-basin transfer of Asian carp and other invasive species;
- Won a historic cleanup goal for Lake Erie, which is plagued each year by toxic algal blooms, when the governors of Ohio and Michigan joined the premier of Ontario to commit to a 40% reduction in nutrients into the lake by 2025;
Their flagship program, Adopt-A-Beach, gathered around 15,000 people to volunteer. Cleaning beaches and data collection are the main things accomplished every year.
For more information, go to https://greatlakes.org.
*Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
**Info courtesy of https://greatlakes.org