Recently our staff have assisted at two clean up efforts - the Lansing Parks Leave No Trace Event and the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program.
At the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program, NTH staff from our Cleveland, OH office volunteered at an event sponsored by the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Northeast Ohio Chapter.
The beach cleanup event included over 20 other professionals in the area helping pick up trash and debris along the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach, located in lower Edgewater Park. NTH, along with the other volunteers, were excited to dedicate their time to protecting Lake Erie.
The litter collected during Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach events is used to prevent pollution and make positive changes to protect our beautiful beaches and coasts. WTS is an international association advancing women in transportation, and this program was the local chapter’s first annual volunteer event. Edgewater Beach is one of the Cleveland Metroparks most visited beaches featuring over 1000 feet of swimming access and panoramic views of downtown Cleveland from the shore. NTH was proud to have staff participate in the event and support our vision of engineering a sustainable tomorrow for our clients, our communities and ourselves.
At the Lansing Parks Leave No Trace Event, Harry Price and his wife Mary participated in the clean-up activities at the City of Lansing’s Moore’s Park. The park, located along the Lansing River, provides outdoor recreation opportunities for Lansing residents. On Saturday June 16th the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation in conjunction with a team of Traveling Trainers from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics sponsored the Moore’s Park Clean Up. Mary and Harry were joined by approximately 20 individuals that spread across the park to remove accumulated debris and micro-trash from multiple users. Part of what they did was to remove ashes from the vicinity of several charcoal grills. Water leaching through the ashes was lowering the pH of the soil and killing the grass.
Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider, the Traveling Trainers, indicated that studies sponsored by Leave No Trace have shown that once trash has been removed, park users tend to be more careful about disposing of new trash. All together over 100 pounds of trash and debris were removed from the park.