Pennsylvania Sea Grant helped organize the Pennsylvania Lake Erie ICC) by recruiting volunteers and leading some of those volunteers at various sites along Lake Erie and its tributaries. Pennsylvania Sea Grant also coordinates school cleanups for students, manages the www.nie.goerie.com/coastalcleanup website and publishes newspaper articles that advertise the results of past cleanups and information about participating in current cleanups.
Data collected at the local event are combined with the school cleanups and shared with the Ocean Conservancy to be added to the worldwide total. For the 2014 ICC Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff helped to recruit 660 adults and 120 student volunteers to clean up and collect data at 18 locations including 12 along the lakeshore, and 6 inland sites along tributaries on the day of the cleanup. In addition Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff coordinated school neighborhood cleanup/data collection events at 12 schools and after school programs that included an additional 882 students and 39 teachers/adult helpers.
Results: In total, 1,662 volunteers collected and documented more than 5,168 pounds of trash from over 41.5 miles of streams, inland areas, school neighborhoods and the Lake Erie shoreline in PA. Independent Sector volunteer time in PA is worth $21.25/hr. This adds up to at least $69,216.00 in volunteer time (780 volunteers x 3 hours x $21.25 for the day of the ICC and 921 student/teacher x 1 hour x 21.25 for the school/after school cleanups.)
Partners: Erie Times-News, PADEP Coastal Resource Management program, Erie County School Districts, PA DCNR, Erie County municipalities, universities