Adopt-a-Beach Clean Up Efforts

UWS professor and students helping to make beaches cleaner and safer for visitors

University of Wisconsin Superior chemistry professor Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza and several students will take part in Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, along Wisconsin Point.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes event, which takes place form 9 a.m. to noon, will help collect valuable data used by researchers, while also helping make area beaches and shorelines clean and safe.

The information gathered form the cleanup can be used to develop solutions to various pollution problems. Mendoza and the students will also be joined by the City of Superior Environmental Services Division.

Research work by Mendoza helped form and pass legislation banning microbeads. In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation that will ban the use of small plastic beads in soaps, scrubs, toothpaste, and other healthcare products that were found to be damaging the Great Lakes and other major waterways.

The bill passed in the U.S. House and Senate, phases out the manufacturing of plastic microbeads int he U.S. starting July 1, 2017, and bans the sale of beauty products containing plastic microbeads after July 1, 2018.

New and returning volunteers are needed for the Adopt-a-Beach event.

To assist with the clean up, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or plastic bag from home to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

To sign up or view other Adopt-a-Beach cleanups throughout the Great Lakes, visit

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