Saturday September 18, 2021

10:00 AM EST

Confederation Park


The Cause

Trash, plastics, and other littered items plague our waterways.  This trash poses a threat to terrestrial and aquatic life, often becomes microplastics and harmful toxins, and pollutes one of the most precious and limited natural resources.  Shopping carts, tires, furniture, trash, foam cups, plastic containers, and aluminum cans contaminate our waterways and greenways.  More than 22 million pounds (10 million kilograms) of trash and plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes each year.

The Start

Environment is one of Rotary’s Area of Focus.  Frank Adamson, the Past  Governor for District 7090, composed of clubs  in both Southern Ontario and Western New York State.  A District that borders parts of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River.  Frank set a goal to challenge his 72 Rotary Clubs and 1,900 Rotarians to have a Waterside Cleanup as part of Earth Day/Week in April 2021 involving Clubs on both sides of the border.

The Idea Grew

The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090 service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Erie to a multi-district plan to focus Rotarians’ attention to all 5 of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them.  The goal is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned and coinciding with Earth Day 2021 on the Great Lakes Watershed.  The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet.  It borders 8 states and 2 provinces and has 9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline.  So far 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands of Rotary volunteers have agreed to participate.
A drone in the sky.
Phil & Ed enjoying the sun.
OK, Paul did get sidetracked.


Congratulations to all the Hamilton Clubs who helped make the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup a success despite the delay.
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