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?Residents are invited to  join State Representative Robyn Gabel and State Senator Laura Fine from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 for an Adopt-A-Beach clean-up of South Boulevard Beach.

Masks are required, and registration is available at https://adopt.greatlakes.org/s/cleanup/a2o1L000000heeK/aab19086.

The legislators are partnering with the Alliance for the Great Lakes for this program, which mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year. Last year the Adopt-a-Beach volunteers cleaned up more than 53,843 pounds of trash. Other dates are available through the Alliance for those who cannot make it on Sept. 26.

Beach clean-ups are important because of the amount of plastic waste that is left on beaches. Once in the water, plastic can break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, toxic particles which can be mistaken for food by small fish and wildlife and make their way into drinking water.