The US Environmental Protection Agency awarded a grant to the MACC in summer 2020 to support beach and river cleanups in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. This project is in partnership with Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, the Ottawa Conservation District, Hope College, the ODC Network, the Allegan Conservation District, and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council. Collectively, these partners formed a group that we call the Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition. With support of the EPA grant, the Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition will hold volunteer beach and river cleanups throughout Ottawa and Allegan County through the summer of 2022. Each partner will organize and run their own events and the MACC will post the full list with registration links. As events are completed, we will also report the results. The Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition will continue to work together beyond the scope of the grant to ensure that cleanup events and outreach efforts continue throughout West Michigan.
The Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition is hard at work planning 2022 events. Details will be posted as they become available. We are also excited to partner with the Great Lakes CleanUP in 2022. We plan to have several opportunities available during Great Lakes CleanUP week when volunteers all around the Great Lakes will be united in a collective effort to remove trash from our lakes, beaches and connecting waterways.
Click here to report the results of your cleanup event.