Franciscans Unite with Alliance for the Great Lakes and Friends of Manitowoc River Watershed

Paul Keggington

September 15, 2012

Something was different about this year’s September 15, 2012 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt a Beach event  on Manitowoc, WI’s Lake Michigan shoreline.

Since last year a new group of concerned citizens was established who are seeking to increase awareness of the Manitowoc River, its history and ecosystem, and show that people care about it and desire to enhance the watershed. This new initiative, Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed encourged over 100 people to beautify not only beaches, but river beds on the yearly Alliance for the Great Lakes September Adopt a Beach date. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity  are happy  to unite with more individuals, schools and other organizations in preserving Sister Water for future generations of people and wildlife.

In addition to our Franciscan Memorial Drive Wayside Middle location where volunteers collected trash and accounted for debris, these nearby places also received special attention from trained and dedicated volunteers:

  • Silver Creek Park Beach
  • University Beach
  • Red Arrow Park South of Traintracks
  • Red Arrow Park
  • Lincoln High School
  • Warm Waters and Ferry
  • YMCA
  • Blue Rail
  • Memorial Drive Wayside South (Waldo)

The Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed welcome new members. This group isn’t just for adults; kids and teens are encouraged to join, and are involved with the meetings and community events. Beach cleanups count as community service, and if you’re not counting time, it is still a great way to show pride in our local community of Manitowoc. All necessary equipment is provided.

For those who are not acquainted with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, its mission unites an incredible community of water enthusiasts who are all about policy, education and local efforts in conserving and restoring the world’s largest freshwater resource. This year Lake Ontario was added to the Great Lakes served by this program. Click here to learn more.

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