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Thursday, September 15, 2016

14th Annual Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup Volunteers Dive into Action Saturday, September 17th

Meadville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Erie County, Erie Times News - Newspaper in Education, and Pennsylvania Sea Grant invite the public to improve the Lake Erie watershed by participating in the annual Pennsylvania-Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 AM until 12 noon.

Over the past 13 years, 15,854 volunteers have removed 122,239 pounds of debris and trash from the Lake Erie shoreline and watershed. This includes 239,781 cigarette butts, which remain the number one item that is littered.

“I am proud to be part of the ICC team,” said DEP Northwest Regional Director Jim Miller. “The success of this annual event shows the great pride and commitment from the public and the many partners that participate.”

This year’s effort will focus on 18 sites along the Lake Erie shoreline and watershed. 

The cleanups continue to serve as educational material for environmental programs in local schools as highlighted in the Erie Times-News - Newspapers in Education series. During the school year, the Erie Times-News publishes a page each Tuesday dedicated to environmental issues.

The ICC celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

For more information, visit www.coastalcleanup.org. To volunteer or view the Erie ICC statistics, visit www.goerie.com/coastalcleanup. For more information about watersheds, visit www.dep.pa.gov.

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