Kick-Off of Coastal Cleanup

Updated: September 12, 2019 11:09 AM

The Twin Ports have joined forces for Coastal Cleanup! On Wednesday, kids from Many Rivers Montessori in Duluth and Lake Superior Elementary in Superior braved the wind and drizzle to clean up trash at Rice's Point.


The kick-off is just the start to cleanups happening throughout the Twin Ports during the month of September. And in fact, this is a global event. It's part of the project called The International Coastal Cleanup.  According to a press release from the Environmental Division of the City of Superior,  the Cleanup project began in 1986.  Nearly 12 million volunteers from more than 90 countries and 55 US states and territories have participated. All of the debris collected will be documented and the data is used to target pollution prevention programs for our region.

Volunteers may choose their own location, date, and time to clean up. You are not limited to beaches, you can choose cleanup sites along riverbanks, roadsides, neighborhoods, or at a school or business. Cleanups in these urban areas prevent debris from entering storm drains which flow directly into Lake Superior.

Organizations participating in this years Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup include: Alliance for the Great Lakes, City of Duluth, City of Superior, Duluth Public Schools and the Duluth Y, Great Lakes Elementary, Superior East End Neighborhood, Midwest Energy Resources, Regional Stormwater Protection Team, St. Louis River Alliance, St. Luke’s Mariner Clinic, Superior Sunrise Rotary, YMCA of Douglas Co, UWS, WITC, and WI Sea Grant. Sponsors for the 2019 Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup are Superior DQ Grill & Chill and Culver’s.

Last year volunteers in the Twin Ports picked up nearly 5,000 lbs of garbage. Organizers say that garbage would have eventually ended up in the local rivers and ultimately Lake Superior.

For more information or to host a site in Duluth, contact Cheryl Skafte at 218-730-4334 or via email
For more information or to host a site in Superior, contact Megan Högfeldt at 715-394-0392 or via email


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