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bag of trash at a time, volunteers continue to keep Maumee Bay State Park ‘barefoot
the last six years, the UT Lake Erie Center has been teaming up with Barefoot
Wine for a beach clean-up tour.
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."
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.
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