Metro Beach gets a makeover
By Andrea K. Farmer
Detroit Free Press
Published September 11, 2006
When it comes to protecting the environment, Clean Water
Action looks to the community to lend a helping hand.
On Sunday, nearly 40 local volunteer workers from the
organization gave their time during the annual beach cleanup
at Metro Beach in Harrison Township.
"We usually perform cleanups on several beaches
in southeastern and eastern Michigan," Christy McGillivray,
an organizer for Clean Water Action, said Saturday. "But
this year, due to funding cuts, we've only been able to
concentrate on Metro Beach."
Clean Water Action is a national, nonprofit organization
founded to promote legislative and political efforts after
the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972. The mission of
the organization is to protect the nation's waters and
to promote awareness of the need for ecological responsibility.
Clean Water Action has had branches in Michigan since
1988, and the Clinton Township office has been open since
1998, said McGillivray, 24, of Mt. Clemens.
About 30,000 of Michigan's 177,000 active Clean Water
Action volunteers live in Macomb County. Clean Water Action
also has branches in East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann
Clean Water Action volunteer and Fraser resident Linda
LeBlanc, 47, helped with the Metro Beach cleanup campaign
that her daughter, Alaina LeBlanc, helped organize.
The cleanup area included sand at Metro Beach and the
grass area that borders the beach.
"You'll see pop bottles, cigarette butts, alcohol
containers and sometimes food scraps and litter from paper
products," Linda LeBlanc said Sunday.
"The beach cleanup is a great first step,"
McGillivray said. "Involvement is important and proving
how everyday actions impact our communities."
For beach cleanup campaigns, such as the Metro Beach
effort, Clean Water Action works in tandem with International
Coastal Cleanup, an organization of more than 5 million
volunteers. Since 1986, the volunteers at International
Coastal have worked to maintain local beaches, rivers,
lakes and streams by removing trash and other debris from
the water and shoreline.
"We need to take care of public spaces because that
has an impact on our quality of life," McGillivray
Alaina LeBlanc, 23, helped spread the word of the recent
cleanup before the event. She encourages more people to
become involved with the Clean Water Action campaign.
"Clean Water Action is a great group," LeBlanc
of Fraser said Sunday. "It's a great way for people
to get involved in the community."