Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup to be held at Point Gratiot Sunday

On Sunday, SUNY Fredonia’s Campus Climate Challenge, Academic Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Sustainability Committee will lead a beach cleanup at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk from noon to 2 p.m. The beach sweep is part of the Adopt-a-Beach program in New York State and SUNY Fredonia’s sixth annual Earth Week events.

Complementing the Earth Week keynote address on “The Perils of Plastics,” the cleanup will educate participants about local Lake Erie pollution issues while providing an important community service. At the inaugural Day-of-Service beach cleanup last September, for example, more than 95 campus and community volunteers collected approximately 850 pounds of debris from Dunkirk beaches.

To encourage environmentally friendly forms of transportation to the event, Campus Climate Challenge students will lead a bike ride from Barker Common in downtown Fredonia to Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. People wishing to join the bike ride should meet at Fredonia’s downtown gazebo by 11 a.m.

All other volunteers should gather at the Point Gratiot Park parking lot (across from the metal stairs that descend to the beach) at noon for a brief orientation.

Gloves, garbage bags, and Adopt-a-Beach materials will be provided; however, volunteers are encouraged to reuse plastic shopping bags for trash collection. Volunteers may also wish to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and appropriate footwear. At 1 p.m. some volunteers will sort, weigh and catalog the collected debris while others will perform beach health assessments. Results from the cleanup will then be reported to the New York Adopt-a-Beach and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

For additional information about the event, contact Christina Jarvis at 673 3430. To learn more about the Adopt-a-Beach program, visit www.greatlakes.org/adoptabeach. To see the full schedule of SUNY Fredonia’s Earth Week events, visit www.fredonia.edu/earthweek/.