KEEP OHIO BEAUTIFUL NEWS
New Seabin Devices will Help Remove Marine Debris from Lake Erie
New partnership funds pilot project at four Lake Erie marinas
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) has partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Clean Marinas Program to provide a network of automated litter and debris removal devices across the Lake Erie region. The funding for installing and maintaining four devices, known as Seabins, came from several Keep America Beautiful grants.
“Our exciting new collaboration with KOB and Ohio Sea Grant enables ODNR to use new technology to continue our efforts to protect the waters of Lake Erie,” said ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Chief Glen Cobb. “Not only will boaters benefit by the removal of litter and debris, but cleaner waters are critical for all users.”
An Australian product, the Seabin works 24/7 to skim and collect marine debris from the water’s surface, as well as filter out gasoline, oils and microplastics from the water. Each device can remove up to 1,000 pounds of marine debris a year, which will mean that when all four devices are operational in the Lake Erie watershed, those devices will have the potential to remove 4,000 pounds annually, which is the equivalent weight of an average camping trailer.
“Until now, all of our work has only been able to prevent microplastics in our waterways, so we are thrilled to be making an effort to actually remove microplastics from the water,” said Michael Mennett, Executive Director for KOB. “We’re grateful to Keep America Beautiful and to our partners who will be maintaining and recording Seabin data to make this trailblazing project possible.”
As part of the grant, marina staff at four Seabin sites will document the amount and types of litter collected so that the data can be analyzed. Two Seabins will be located at the Geneva Marina in Geneva and Mentor Harbor Yacht Club in Mentor. An additional two will be placed at marinas located near Huron and Lorain.
Seabins have been used in Australia, Europe, and Asia for years. KAB selected three local affiliates to introduce the Seabin devices in the United States. KOB was chosen for its vicinity to Lake Erie as an inland lake pilot project. Keep Hanover Beautiful will be testing the devices along the ocean and Keep the Tennessee Beautiful program will be testing them along an inland river.
KOB will be compiling the litter data reported by each site and using the data to identify litter trends and sources so that steps can be taken to stop litter flow into Ohio waterways.
Keep Ohio Beautiful’s Paint Grant Program Winners Announced
Keep Ohio Beautiful is pleased to have announced the five grant winners of our eighth Paint Grant Program sponsored by The Sherwin Williams Company. Designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies, the program enables these groups to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease. This annual event is held in partnership with support from The Sherwin-Williams Company. During the months of June through September, the five (5) grant winners will transform their structure utilizing up to 40 gallons of exterior paints.
The five (5) grant winners are as follows:
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful – West Fourth Renewal Project
Keep Columbus Beautiful – The Olentangy Trail Mural Project
Keep Geneva Beautiful – City of Geneva on the Lake Crosswalks
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful – Village of Chauncey – Water Plant Building
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful – Wayne National Forrest Beautification
“Through our partnership with the Sherwin-Williams Company, Paint Grant Program of Ohio empowers community groups to take a direct role in community revitalization efforts,” explains Michael Mennett, executive director of Keep Ohio Beautiful. “Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on a public library or community center sends a strong message that we care about our communities.”
Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day in Ohio with ODNR and Columbia Gas of Ohio at Great Ohio Planting Day
This year’s tree planting held at Alum Creek State Park Beach
Keep Ohio Beautiful hosted its annual Great Ohio Planting Day, to celebrate Arbor Day in Ohio, on Friday, April 29, at Alum Creek State Park’s beach area. A variety of native Ohio hardwoods were planted around the park’s large beach area.
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) worked together with Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource volunteers to beautify and enhance the beach and parking areas at Alum Creek State Park by planting 22 large native trees in honor of Arbor Day. Funding for the project was awarded to KOB through the Columbia Gas Charitable Fund.
“Columbia Gas pleased to continue its partnership with ODNR and KOB this Arbor Day,” said Kristy Monk, Keep Ohio Beautiful board member and NiSource employee. “This partnership supports our mission of environmental stewardship while enhancing the visitor’s experience at Alum Creek State Park.”
“Adding healthy, native trees to our state parks restores shade and wildlife habitat,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Visitors to Alum Creek and other parks will enjoy the legacy of our partners, Keep Ohio Beautiful and Columbia Gas, for generations to come.”
Each year, Keep Ohio Beautiful celebrates Great Ohio Planting Day on Arbor Day to provide a hands-on educational program, which demonstrates how to properly prepare a planting site, plant, and care for a tree. In past years, KOB volunteers have planted more than 100 native trees at Deer Creek, East Fork and Mohican state parks.