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updated: 3/21/2014 5:18 PM

Volunteer to enhance beaches:

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New and returning volunteers are needed for the Alliance For the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ Program, from April 1 to May 26. Register to volunteer for a cleanup at, or sign up to lead your own team at The annual program brings volunteers to beaches and shorelines throughout the region. Team leaders and volunteers include individuals, families, schools, businesses and community groups. The Alliance hosts several web-based and in-person trainings for new and returning adopters to sharpen their data-collection skills. Participants enhance beaches and coastal areas by picking up trash and recording their findings, conduct water quality sampling and make science-based observations. In Illinois, contact Katie Larson,, (312) 939-0838 x222.

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