Part design competition, and part boat race, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float is an annual event to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on our environment.
The sixth annual Great Lake Erie Boat Float will be held on Saturday, September 6 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. Boats made out of post-consumer recyclable materials compete by floating 300 feet into the lake and back to the beach. In years past, participants have included students, families, nonprofit organizations and individuals.
Trophies will be awarded in several categories including: Fastest Boat, Best Use of Recyclable Materials, Most Artistic Style, and Li'l Sailors. This year the judges are Diane Bickett, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, and Hyle Lowry, Ohio Coordinator for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Judging begins at 9 a.m. with the boat launch scheduled for 10 a.m.
RES Polyflow, a Northeast Ohio-based advanced technology company that converts plastic and other petroleum-based products into energy in the form of crude oil, will take the boats at the end of the Boat Float.
Immediately following the trophy ceremony, Drink Local. Drink Tap. will organize an Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-A-Beach beach cleanup.
Micro-and macroplastics, or small and large bits of plastic, have a serious impact on our land, water, wildlife and public health. Recent research in the Great Lakes has found concentrations of microbeads in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario higher than what is found in the oceans. Microbeads are small, spherical bits of plastic typically found in cosmetics that are manufactured to be washed down the drain and end up in our lake.
Some simple steps everyone can take to reduce plastic pollution include buying less plastic products, recycle or reuse items made of plastic and pick up litter before it is washed into local watersheds.
The Boat Float is sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the City of Cleveland's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative. Funding has been generously provided by the Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy.
For more information visit the Boat Float website at lakeerieboatfloat.org or contact Cathi Lehn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-664-2421.
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