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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Robotic Beach Cleaner, BeBot, Deployed To Tackle Great Lakes Plastic Pollution

Around 22 million pounds of plastic debris end up in the Great Lakes every year. A staggering 90 percent of these plastics, including water bottles, bags, silverware and straws, find their way onto beaches. In addition to the unsightly litter, the trash poses a danger to animals and plants that make their homes along the Great Lakes. To combat this environmental crisis, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has collaborated with the Great Lakes Plastic Clean-up Project to procure a robotic beach cleaning device aimed at removing plastic waste from Lake Michigan beaches and inland lake beaches. Our Chief Policy and Government Affairs Director, Jennifer McKay, comments on the BeBot, how it works, where it plans to be, and more.

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