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Beach cleanup planned for Friday afternoon

Alex Doty • Apr 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Save the Catwalk Committee is looking for volunteers to help them clean up rocks and other debris from the Grand Haven beach.

The committee’s Erin Turrell has organized the beach cleanup event for 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 20. Some members of the committee will attend the event, and Turrell noted that the public can also come out and make it an afternoon at the beach.

“If people want to come and help, that would be great,” she said. “Give an hour of your time and come and have fun at the beach.”

Volunteers are asked to meet in the channel parking lot and work south toward the pavilion at the state park.

Friday’s weather is forecast to be nicer than the past week, Turrell noted. According to the National Weather Service’s upcoming forecast, the day is expected to be sunny, with a high in the mid-40s.

“We still, as a community, help where it’s needed,” Turrell said. “Many hands make light work.”

An upcoming harbor dredging project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will result in the beach being covered with new material. Corps officials want to remove the rock and concrete debris from the pier repair project before the new, sandy material winds up on the beach, Turrell said.

“All of the stuff that is detritus from what they’re doing (on the pier) is washing up,” she said. “They need help picking it up, so let’s go do it.”

Turrell said she’s working on rounding up several wheelbarrows to help in the cleanup effort. A dump bin will be placed near the beach for people to deposit the rocks and concrete chunks.

Although the event is aimed at removing rocks and concrete chunks, Turrell said she wants to remove any other debris on the beach at the same time. 

“We’re going to do a beach cleanup, too,” she said. “So, I am going to bring a bunch of trash bags so people can pick up the rest of the stuff from the winter.”

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