Beach Sweep 2015

Alliance for the Great Lakes will coordinate Minnesota Beach Sweep 2015 as the September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event

To learn more about this year’s event in Minnesota – and to get involved – contact Jamie Cross at or 616-850-0745 ext. 12.

Learn about Alliance for the Great Lakes.

To get on the Alliance’s email list to receive updates about this year’s event or to receive their action alerts and e-newsletter, click here

For 16 years, Great Lakes Aquarium has served as state coordinator for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), known locally as Minnesota Beach Sweep. We are honored to have worked with so many of you to gather data and debris from local waterways. Whether you have participated for a year or more than a decade, you have made a positive difference in our community. Thank you.

In 2013, we were delighted to welcome the Alliance for the Great Lakes as the new coordinator of Minnesota Beach Sweep. The Alliance for the Great Lakes has an outstanding track record in coordinating cleanup and beach monitoring programs throughout the Great Lakes region. In addition to engaging thousands of volunteers annually in their year-round Adopt-a-Beach™ program on all five Great Lakes, the Alliance is the state coordinator for the annual ICC event in IL, IN, MI and WI. The role of state coordinator for Minnesota is a natural fit for their organization, and the transition enables the Aquarium to focus more energy and resources on our growing community outreach and education programs.

The Aquarium will serve as home base for an Alliance staff member to coordinate what will be known from now on as the Minnesota September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event. As we look forward to another great event, we hope that we can count on your continued participation and support.

Historic data:

  • 2008 data can be downloaded here
  • 2009 Minnesota Beach Sweep data can be downloaded here. International results can be found here.
  • 2010 data was published in the ICC 2011 report (PDF). Minnesota specific information can be found starting on page 39.

Curriculum related to marine debris:

Cooperative Clean-up kit for grades 3-5 available for lend free of charge from Great Lakes Aquarium. Call 218-740-2027 to find out more.

Center for microbial oceanography: research and information: Lesson plans, powerpoint presentations, activities and kits.

NOAA Marine Debris Program: Fact sheets, posters, activity sheets and links to other resources for all ages.

Video produced by Heal the Bay at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium