On Saturday, October 1, 2011, I participated with a group of folks from the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in an Adopt-a-Beach event at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach. Adopt-a-Beach is a program run by Alliance for the Great Lakes, which is the oldest independent citizen’s organization devoted 100 percent to the Great Lakes.
September 30th was an unusual weather day in Chicago, with high winds, cold temperatures, and big waves on Lake Michigan. Parts of the lakeshore were even shut down because of dangerous conditions. So I wasn’t sure on Friday night what to expect on Saturday morning.
When my two children and I arrived at Oak Street Beach at 9 am to meet our team, we found that conditions were safe to go forward. However, it was still pretty cold and windy, with some big waves on the lake.
Luckily, the Alliance had prepared our special projects coordinator, Joey Barnett, to help us clean up the beach. He told us that we would be separating the recycling from the regular trash, taking water quality samples of the lake, and filling out forms to record everything we picked up.
Yes…that’s right…water quality samples. Joey actually had to go into the water to get samples. I was a little worried for him at times, but he was able to get what we needed. (All in the name of science, right?) He even let my sons help out with the water testing.
By the end of our day, we had picked up 70.2 pounds of garbage and 19.6 pounds of recycling. Thanks to everyone who participated! To see photographs from the event, please go to the gallery on my Facebook page. While you are there, please be sure to “like” my Facebook page!
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