Chicago Scuba Meetup will join the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers to sponsor our International Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 21st at Greenwood Beach in Evanston, (1401 Sheridan Rd.) in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ event. We will start at 9:00 and lunch will be provided. Although the beach will be officially closed, restrooms will be open. We will do shore cleanup, but there will also be an opportunity for shore diving and underwater cleanup, since this beach features the George Morley shipwreck, a wooden steamer which sank in about 20 feet of water 300 feet from shore (long swim) in 1897. All those diving will need to bring a "C" card, and we will need a dive flag for every pair of divers. Diving will be based on conditions at the time of the event. Also, it is not guaranteed that we will find the George Morley, since it may or may not be buoyed, but we can have a good time finding it!
Although this is a cleanup, what we really do is collect data on the changing conditions along this coastline in terms of trash pollution of all types. Data is collected on the type and quantity of trash collected and compared to data that is collected from previous years. This is important work.
This event is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup program and is sponsored locally by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Last year, more than 6,800 September Adopt-a-Beach™ volunteers cleaned up debris and recorded what they found at 260 sites around the Great Lakes. You can help make this year’s event even bigger.
This is a great late season event that is fun, and also contributes to a better environment. Hope to see you there!