The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090 service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to a multi-District plan to focus Rotarians’ attention on all five of the Great Lakes and the streams and waterways feeding them.  Our goal every year is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned, coinciding with Earth Day (April 22).
The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet. 
It borders eight states and two provinces and has 9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline. 
So far, 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands of Rotary volunteers have agreed to participate. 
We will be joining over one billion people worldwide working on projects together in their communities on Earth Day.
We urge all Clubs, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends, to plan and organize an event to take place on or around April 2.
Support will be available to each Club to help to organize the event.
Correspond with the District contacts to provide cleanup event date(s), location, and lead contact person for each event.
Frank Adamson (, PDG (Fonthill)
Dave Alexander (, DGE (Welland)
District Governor Nominee, District 7090
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Trash, plastics, and other litter items plague our waterways.  This trash poses a threat to terrestrial and aquatic life, often becomes micro-plastics and harmful toxins, and pollutes one of the most precious and limited natural resources.  Shopping carts, tires, furniture, trash, foam cups, plastic containers, and aluminum cans contaminate our waterways and green-ways.  More than 22 million pounds (10 million kilograms) of trash and plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes each year.
Cleanups from numerous NGO’s, community groups, and individual volunteers are critical to reducing the amount of garbage that collects in our watersheds each year.  In order to track our success, the second goal will be to tabulate the amount of debris collected from each of the individual cleanup events.  And the final and most important goal will be to educate the public about the importance of protecting our waterways and to instill a sense of stewardship towards our Great Lakes.
This collaborative work project has generated much excitement and enthusiasm among the planners and is reflective of The Environment as the newest area of focus of Rotary International.  It also reflects our desire to be People of Action and to promote the good work of Rotary.
Rotary/Rotaract Objectives:
Improve the aesthetics of the Great Lakes by removing garbage from public areas and roadsides.
Reduce the amount of plastic and litter on our lands and in our waterways.
Remove waste that could potentially be ingested by pets and other wildlife.
Provide an opportunity for public participation in collaborative activities.
Educate the public about the effects of littering, the importance of recycling, and instill a sense of stewardship.
Collect and report back to the District organizers on cleanup numbers to track the impacts of all the cleanups.
Engage as many Districts, Clubs, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and other community groups and volunteers around the Great Lakes Watershed as possible.
Each Club should find out what is happening in their community regarding other spring clean-ups.  Engage with local Conservation Authorities, Watershed Groups, and local non-governmental organizations to see what is already planned in your area and to coordinate or partner with them. If there is not an event, plan to organize your own.