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Marine Debris at Stewardship day in Belle Isle, Michigan

MAY 13, 2016--On May 11, Sarah Lowe, the NOAA Marine Debris Program's Great Lakes Regional coordinator attended a stewardship day in Belle Isle, Michigan.

Approximately 20 students from Chandler Park Academy in Detroit participated by helping to plant native vegetation from the debris removal site and also picked up and recorded debris from the shoreline around it. Representatives from Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence's office as well as Senator Gary Peters' office attended. The staff each helped plant trees and also gave recognition to the teachers either via a signed proclamation or certificates of appreciation.

In 2012 and 2014, the NOAA Marine Debris Program funded the Alliance for the Great Lakes to remove marine debris from Belle Isle, a park located within the Detroit River. The project focused on an area around the North Pier of Belle Isle that is filled with old building material from the city. With the funding, the Alliance for the Great Lakes also launched a local outreach and education campaign to foster a long term stewardship ethic for the park and surrounding shorelines. The campaign included educational programming at the local zoo, installation of monofilament recycling bins, and expansion of Adopt-A-Beach programs for the island.

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Three people on a beach.
Representative Indira Glass restores habitat with students from Chandler Park Academy. (NOAA)