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Event Fri Sep 18 2009

Beach Clean-Up Saturday at North Avenue Beach

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I find it hard to believe anyone would argue with me when I say that Lake Michigan is one of Chicago's great assets, if not the greatest. Unfortunately, nothing is immune to the effects of pollution these days, and that includes our beautiful lakefront. Luckily, tomorrow morning, you can do your part in saving the city's greatest natural resource by participating in the Alliance for the Great Lakes' annual Adopt-a-Beach clean-up, starting at North Avenue Beach at 10:30 a.m. Congressman Mike Quigley and Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, are expected to attend.

Though things like global warming are proving hard to fight, hopefully, people can do their small part by cleaning up after themselves, and oh, not dumping their crap on the beaches or in the harbors. The above photo (note the dead fish, floating in filth) was taken this afternoon at Belmont Harbor, while the below photo is from last year's clean-up. People, how hard is it to bring your underwear with you after you leave the beach? Full disclosure: I volunteered with the Alliance a few times in the office last year.

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d / September 20, 2009 12:04 AM

It was apparent this needs to be done more often. Pounds and pounds of trash we picked up and disposed of. Sad thing is, garbage shouldn't have been left on the beach in the first place. Way to go to those who participated today! We made one step in the right direction!

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