Photo credit: Rick Kane
Help clean up our shorelines.
The Watershed Center is a regional leader in beach, shoreline, streambank, and in-water clean-ups that help remove litter from our water. We host public clean-up events, help private groups conduct their own clean-ups, and partner with other groups in clean-up activities. Starting in 2021, The Watershed Center has partnered with dozens of organizations across the Great Lakes basin for the Great Lakes CleanUP, a coordinated beach and nearshore clean project to protect sensitive habitats and drinking water sources in the Great Lakes. Over the past two years, 400 volunteers have removed 3,060 pounds of trash from our Grand Traverse Bay shoreline and nearshore areas.
Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup.
In 2022, The Watershed Center joined the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, a joint effort between Pollution Probe and the bi-national Council of the Great Lakes Region aimed at taking action to clean up the waterways of the Great Lakes region. Through this partnership the generous funding and support provided by Midwest retailer Meijer, we will be using autonomous robots to clean up beaches (BeBot) and nearshore waterbodies (PixieDrone) starting in 2023. The litter collected using this innovative technology will be analyzed and categorized, and valuable data will be gleaned to help protect this region.
The BeBot is a 100% electric, eco-friendly beach cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment.
The PixieDrone is a floating, remote-controlled waste collector. that targets floating waste in all forms.
Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Events
The following events are open to the public:
- Saturday, April 22, 2023, 1:00-3:00pm at the Volleyball Beach in Traverse City sponsored by Boyne Country Sports
- Thursday, July 20, 2023, 4-7pm at East Bay Park in partnership with United Way of Northwest Michigan’s Summer of Service