Our September 25 Beach Sweep represents the 25th anniversary of the International Coastal Clean-Up efforts of the Ocean Conservancy. Through our local partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Sierra Club has adopted Montrose Beach for a number of years and our September events are always our biggest and busiest!
This is a wonderful event that this year will likely attract more than 350 people who will clean up Montrose Beach as part of International Coastal Clean-Up Day or work on habitat restoration.
This beach clean-up is different than the others hosted
by the Sierra Club -- this is a technical beach clean-up where we need to
document and weigh everything that is discovered and picked-up. We send
people out in teams, with clipboards and pencils, trash and recycling bags
-- to collect the data the Ocean Conservancy needs for its special Great
Lakes section in their annual report on the condition of the world's
beaches. Since the Sierra Club's Montrose Beach event is one of the
biggest in the Chicago metro area -- the data we collect significantly
determines the facts and totals of trash collected for Chicago's data point
in the report.
Nature tours of the dunes and the bird sanctuary will be given throughout the morning.
Come for all or part of the work period. Dress for the weather, wear a hat and sunscreen, bring a reusable water bottle and work gloves if you have them. We will wrap up the event at 12:00 p.m. and then clean up.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact
Christine Williamson, Chicago Group Chair of the Sierra Club, through email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773/935-8439 (evenings).
Directions to Montrose Beach House:
Take Montrose Ave. east of Lakeshore Drive into the park. Follow the park road and take the first right at the bait shop. After about 200 yards, look left/north and you should see the beach house and the walkway leading to it. You can park free anywhere along W. Montrose Harbor Drive or ride your bike directly to the Beach House. Note: Cars are not permitted on the walkway. CTA buses serve Montrose from Marine Drive. The Beach House is a 10-minute walk into the park.
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