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Mercyhurst team aims for clean sweep of Presque Isle

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3,401 cigarette filters. Check.

818 plastic cigar tips. Check.

2,227 pieces of plastic. Check.

In all, Mercyhurst University volunteers collected nearly a quarter of the 40,000 pieces of trash at Presque Isle State Park during last year’s Adopt-a-Beach™ program. Beginning May 9, the university team, headed by David Hyland, Ph.D., of the Mercyhurst Biology Department, will set forth to do it all again at Budny Beach.

Transportation will be provided to and from the university, departing from the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at 8:30 a.m. Following is this year’s schedule:

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.– Noon

Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m.– Noon

Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.– Noon

Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.– Noon

Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – Noon

In addition to beach cleaning, the Mercyhurst group will also assess a diverse array of environmental parameters with data to be used by resource planners at the state and regional levels.

“Specifically, we will be collecting water samples, plating samples for bacterial counts, both E. coli and fecal coliform; separating recyclables and cigarette butts; taking water temperature; determining longshore current; and assessing a wide variety of cultural and environmental data;” Hyland said.

Volunteers are always welcome. Anyone wishing to join the effort is asked to contact Hyland at dhyland@mercyhurst.edu.

Adopt-a-Beach™ is an Alliance For The Great Lakes volunteer program, with some 10,000 participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses.

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