Detroit River Coalition Earth Week activities kick off April 17th

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The Detroit River Coalition, a group of environmental organizations on the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Detroit River, invites community members to a week-long celebration and clean-up of the river and its banks. From April 17th to April 24th, individuals and groups will be invited to band together, clean up and win prizes, including a brand new Shinola bike.

Coalition activities on Earth Week include a photo contest, original art contest, educational seminars, online interactive bingo, individual and group cleanups on the US side. There will be no public clean-up operations on the Canadian side of the Detroit River due to differing health and safety regulations. The Detroit River Coalition consists of the following groups: Belle Isle Conservancy; Cleaning up the Detroit River in Canada; Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; Essex Region Conservation Authority; Friends of the Detroit River; Friends of the rouge; Green Living Science; and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Plastic in the Great Lakes waterways is a growing phenomenon. It is estimated that more than £ 22 million ends up in the Great Lakes each year and it never goes away – there is no such thing as “gone”. Single-use plastic breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastics, which have incredibly harmful effects on the environment and aquatic life. Genevieve Nowak, director of environmental initiatives and affairs at Belle Isle Conservancy, says: “Together we can clean up polluted pollution at the source and prevent it from flowing through our local waterways through the Great Lakes into the oceans where it is located this year Earth Week along the Detroit River is a great opportunity for people to care for the outdoors, safely enjoy the outdoors, and make a huge impact. “

General Motors donated money for the event, as well as personal protective equipment, including masks, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
The Earth Week initiative is made possible in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant for Litter-Free Waters. The scholarship was awarded to the Belle Isle Conservancy and supports the work of the Detroit River Coalition.

Detroit River Coalition Earth Week events:
April 17th to 24th:

Choose your own cleanup and log in to win! Individuals and groups can choose a day and location along the Iron Belle Trail from Belle Isle to Lake Erie Metropark. Rubbish bins and rubbish collection points are located in seven parks and stations across the region. Those cleaning up a section on the American side can also fill out and submit a form to win a Shinola Detroit Arrow bike. More information is available at

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