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Volunteers make Maumee Bay State Park barefoot friendly

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One bag of trash at a time, volunteers continue to keep Maumee Bay State Park ‘barefoot friendly.'

For the last six years, the UT Lake Erie Center has been teaming up with Barefoot Wine for a beach clean-up tour.

"[Lake Erie] has something of a bad reputation," said Meredith Gray of the UT Lake Erie Center. "We want people to be able to come here and feel comfortable, feel like the beach is clean, like they can enjoy it. So cleaning up the trash that people might encounter goes a long way, I think, into improving the image of Lake Erie and the beach."

Every summer, the tour makes stops at over 300 beaches. Twelve thousand volunteers pick up more than 42,000 pounds of trash. At Maumee Bay State Park alone, volunteers will collect over 200 pounds of garbage.

"Bottom line, it's nice to see the community coming together, coming out," said Brent Bowen of Barefoot Wine. "We've picked up needles, we've picked up any kind of waste you can think of. Cigarillo tips everywhere. So it's nice. You want to be able to go outside to the beach and enjoy yourself, and that's why this is great."

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