beach cleanups

Volunteers prepare for annual Great Lakes beach cleanups

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Volunteer groups are preparing to take part in cleanups of Great Lakes beaches.The nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes sponsors trash pickup events each spring. Many take place on or around Earth Day, which this year is April 22.Adopt-a-Beach volunteers joined nearly 1,400 cleanup projects in 2016. They gathered a combined 40,000 pounds of debris.