Go sweep a beach

The annual Beach Sweep volunteer beach cleanup effort is set for Saturday in the Duluth area, this year with the Great Lakes Alliance leading the effort.

The event is set from 9 a.m. to noon along various waterfronts in the Duluth area, joining efforts across the Great Lakes.

The alliance is taking over the effort in Duluth from the Great Lakes Aquarium. In 2012, 348 people cleaned 3,947 pounds of debris from 27 miles of shoreline in the Twin Ports.

Anyone who wants to volunteer should contact Emma Wiermaa, local beach coordinator, at (218) 740-2070 or at ewiermaa@greatlakes.org to find out what section of waterfront to go to. Individuals are welcome and groups are especially sought.

The actual cleanup can occur this week, Saturday or any time until Oct. 5. For more information go to www.greatlakes.org.