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Session Summary: Restoration Successes: Healthy Beaches, Healthy Perceptions

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Great Lakes beaches are vital to our economy, ecology and way of life. Keeping beaches healthy is our responsibility. Great Lakes Restoration funding is critical for improving our beaches by providing …

Great Lakes beaches are vital to our economy, ecology and way of life. Keeping beaches healthy is our responsibility. Great Lakes Restoration funding is critical for improving our beaches by providing dollars for public education, monitoring to pinpoint pollution sources, projects to eliminate pollution sources, and monitoring to ensure restoration success.


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  • 1. The Alliance for the Great Lakes
    Great Lakes Restoration: Volunteers Playing a Valuable Role in Data Collection
    Jamie Cross
    Adopt-a-Beach™ Manager
    jcross@greatlakes.org
  • 2. What’s Ahead
    • Who is the Alliance for the Great Lakes
    • 3. Adopt-a-Beach™ Program Overview
    • 4. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Adopt-a-Beach™
  • A Community that Cares for the Great Lakes
    Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest independent Great Lakes citizens' organization in North America. Our missing is to…
    Conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using:
    Ensuring a living resource for future generations of people and wildlife.
  • 7. The Adopt-a-Beach™ Program
    Today the program is a year-round opportunity for families, schools, businesses and community-based groups to conduct litter monitoring and monitor beach health along Great Lakes shorelines.
  • 8. Adopt-a-Beach™ Program Overview
    • 1991 – International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator in Illinois and Michigan
    • 9. 2003 – Launched year-round Adopt-a-Beach™ program
    • 10. 2008 – International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator in Indiana
    • 11. 2008 – Aligned Adopt-a-Beach™ forms with US EPA’s Sanitary Survey
    • 12. 2010 – Year-round program in six Great Lake states
    • 13. 2010 – International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator in Wisconsin
    • 14. 2010 – Nearly 11,000 volunteers participating
    • 15. 2011 – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant
  • Adopt-a-Beach™ Program Overview
    Routine Visit Form (aligned with EPA Sanitary Survey Form)
    • Used to pinpoint potential pollution sources to beaches
    • 16. Used to help predict high levels of bacteria at beaches
    Litter Monitoring Form
    • Wildlife entanglements
    • 17. Used to track type of trash
    • 18. Can help determine potential pollution sources
  • Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Overview
    • Development of tiered volunteer program
    • 19. Focus on Areas of Concern
    • 20. Adopt-a-Beach™ expansion in areas not served at beaches of concern
    • 21. Online data entry system with public interface
    • 22. Sharing information with beach health officials and others
  • Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Tier Two Criteria
    • High quality, timely data
    • 23. Introductory and quality assurance training required
    • 24. Beaches monitored at least 3 times in a 3 month period
    • 25. Results reported online within 2-3 days after visit
    • 26. Memorandum of understanding
  • Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Focus on Areas of Concern
    • Milwaukee Estuary, Cuyahoga River, Saginaw Bay
    • 27. Eight Tier Two Teams
    40 Routine Visit Forms
    33 Litter Monitoring Forms
    • Fifteen Tier Two Teams
    45 Routine Visit Forms 52 Litter Monitoring Forms
  • 28. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Expansion into areas not served at beaches of concern
    • Six states and 13 counties
    • 29. First time in New York
    • 30. Thirty Tier One Teams
    52 Routine Visit Forms 51 Litter Monitoring Forms
  • 31. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Online system
  • 32. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • 33. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • 34. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • 35. Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    Next steps
    • Sharing results with beach health officials and others
    - Through online system
    - Future summary meetings
    - Impaired waters list, TMDLs
    • Program evaluation with participants
  • Adopt-a-Beach™: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Beyond
    Other Adopt-a-Beach™ projects
    • Chicago Park District GLRI partnerships
    Beach Ambassador Program Annual Sanitary Survey Form
    • Great Lakes Restoration new grant
    • 36. Beyond GLRI
    Stephen Love, OH adopter
    Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 37. Alliance Connections
    Jamie Cross, Manager, Adopt-a-Beach
    Carolyn Scholz, Director, Individual Philanthropy
    Jonah Smith, Director, Sustainable Business
    Stephanie Smith, Vice President of Operations
    Joel Brammeier, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Learn more about the Alliance: www.greatlakes.org

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