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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Registered: July 2010
City/Town/Province: South Euclid
Posts: 1
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My name is Stephen Love and I am a recent graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea Ohio with a Bachelorís degree in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish. This fall, I will be pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University as well as law school at Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. I hope to pursue a career in environmental regulatory law. A strong commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship is what inspired me to coordinate and lead a beach cleanup Apprentice Ecologist Project.
I organized a team of about 25 volunteers from several colleges across the Cleveland area to clean the beach at Euclid Beach Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources operates Euclid Beach Park as part of the Cleveland Lakefront State Park system. However, it faces numerous budget cuts and is unable to address the waste disposal issues confronting the parkís beaches. During our beach cleanup, volunteers split up into teams picking up trash and recyclables and tallying items along the way. By the end of the cleanup we had collected over 150 pounds of trash and close to 40 pounds of recyclable materials!
My project is important because Euclid Beach Park is a recreational park for thousands of people in the Cleveland area and home to diverse mammal, bird and fish species as it is adjacent to the Euclid Creek freshwater estuary. The spread of trash across the beach is a likely contributor to higher levels of bacteria in the surrounding sand and water, posing health risks to swimmers, beachgoers and wildlife. Visibly, trash communicates a lack of care for the quality of our beaches, encouraging even more littering and discouraging recreational use of the park. As a result of our project, both beachgoers and wildlife alike can enjoy a cleaner and healthier beachfront and hopefully, it will inspire community members and beachgoers to be more aware of the impact of trash on the quality of the beach.
As a result of participating in the Apprentice Ecologist Project, I feel empowered to make a significant and lasting impact in my community and the environment. Our team of volunteers has now decided to regularly clean Euclid Beach Park by registering as an Adopt-a-Beach team through the Alliance for the Great Lakes. We are now in the process of securing funding for cleanup tools and for the installation of recycle bins and new trash bins at Euclid Beach Park.
Date: July 29, 2010 ∑ Views: 2674 ∑ File size: 17.3kb, 30.1kb: 453 x 340 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 50
Volunteers: 25
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 21 & 18 to 25
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 68
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