It is the time of year when we gather as families to give thanks and what better way to demonstrate that thankfulness then to gather for a volunteer effort. On Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. volunteers are asked to give of their time to help clean up Huntington Beach in Huntington Reservation in Bay Village. This is the last volunteer beach clean-up for 2013.
Call your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers and organize them in a crew to pick up litter and debris. This is a great project also by organizations such as businesses, schools, community groups, scouts, families and individuals who are in need of service hours. It also shows our commitment to the environment.
Over the course of the afternoon, volunteers will remove litter and debris from the Huntington Beach area as well as participate in a complete beach health assessment that includes science based observations and testing. This data is then entered into the National Alliance For The Great Lakes Adopt-A-Beach online system which is then used to evaluate existing conditions and make changes for the better.
Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Beach is the first beach on Lake Erie and the only beach in Ohio to receive the Clean Beaches Coalition (CBC) Blue Wave certification. Originally certified in 2011, Huntington Beach was recertified in 2012 and 2013. The designation certifies that the beach complies with the highest standards of beach management in the categories of: superior water quality, universal accessibility, commitment to beneficial safety practices, habitat conservation, quality information and education, excellence in service and maintenance, and proactive erosion management.
To join the beach cleanup effort, dress for the weather and meet at Huntington Beach Water Tower. Gloves and bags are provided. Registration by November 20 is recommended but not required. For registration and more information, call 440-331-8111.