Volunteers needed for Lake Superior watershed cleanup

Local cleanup part of an international effort to protect world's waterways.
A man and a boy search for agates on Wisconsin Point Tuesday, Aug. 18, as the Mesabi Miner enters the Superior Entry behind them. (Jed Carlson /

The cities of Superior and Duluth are looking for volunteers to help with a watershed cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Cleanup is local action on a global event. It’s part of the International Coastal Cleanup that began in 1986 and takes place in more than 90 countries including 55 U.S. states and territories. Since its inception nearly 12 million volunteers have taken action to clean shores around the planet.

Registration is now open for this year’s event. Sign up at .

Volunteers may choose their location and time to clean up. Not limited to beaches, volunteers can select cleanup sites along riverbanks and roadsides, in their neighborhoods, or at a school or business. Cleanups in these urban areas prevent debris from entering storm drains that flow directly into Lake Superior.

All debris collected is documented and the data is used to target pollution prevention efforts. Submit litter data online and enter your name to win prizes.


Prize donations for the 2020 Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Cleanup include gift cards from Whole Foods Co-op, Canal Park Brewery, DQ Grill & Chill, Anchor Bar, and Thirsty Pagan and a 24-inch tessellate planter and pitch birdhouse from Loll Designs. Event sponsors include the cities of Duluth and Superior, Keep Duluth Clean and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

For more information or to host a site in Superior, contact Megan Hogfeldt at 715-394-0392 or via email .

To learn about the Alliance for the Great Lakes contact Jennifer Caddick at 312-445-9760 or .

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