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[ Our 1Thing for August….Alliance for the Great Lakes ]

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The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.
From forging forward-looking Great Lakes policies to promoting Great Lakes education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, they’ve been out front and behind the scenes caring for the lakes since 1970.
The Alliance’s programs include:
Clean Water
The Alliance’s policy experts protect the health of the people, fish and wildlife of the Great Lakes through reducing sewage overflows, controlling pollution from unregulated emerging contaminants, reducing stormwater runoff and curbing pollution from key industrial plants.
Invasive Species
Invasive species foul beaches, destroy fisheries, clog water plants our economy depends on, and permanently disrupt the Great Lakes food web. Stopping invasives before they enter will save the region billions in damages and control costs, and is the only way to secure the future for a restored Great Lakes.
Coastal Conservation
The Great Lakes’ coasts support the most valuable diversity of fish, wildlife and plant life in the region. The Alliance helps states, cities and private landowners plan, fund and execute strategies to protect and restore these priceless freshwater shorelines while stopping destruction of existing habitats.
Education
The Alliance is committed to fostering an ethic of learning, appreciation and care for the Great Lakes. Their acclaimed Great Lakes in My World K-8 and 9-12 curriculums integrate the Great Lakes into the classrooms of more than 1,125 educators with activities involving lakes, sand dunes, wetlands, human communities, history and geology – reaching more than 25,000 students annually.
Adopt-a-Beach™
Adopt-a-Beach™ is the Alliance’s premier volunteer program, with some 10,000 participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses. More than just a beach sweep, Adopt-a-Beach™ teams conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing. The teams collect information and enter it into our Adopt-a-Beach™ online system, where it is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve beaches.
Join today: http://www.greatlakes.org/protect-the-great-lakes

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