The Great Lake Erie Boat Float

When: Sat., Sept. 11 2010

One of the scarier pollution stories going around these days centers on the enormous amount of discarded plastics ending up in the ocean. The folks behind the second annual Great Lake Erie Boat Float hope to get you thinking about recycling those plastics rather than dumping them. Participants have assembled watercraft out of plastic bags, water bottles, and anything else they've found lying around, and they'll launch them at 9 a.m. today. After the boats have floated out 300 feet and back, prizes will be awarded for the fastest and most artistic of them, as well as for best use of recyclable materials. It's free to watch and get ideas for next year, but the organizers want to put you to work: They're inviting observers to bring trash bags and help pick up discarded plastics from the beach. The whole thing is sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; go to lakeerieboatfloat.org for more information. — Anastasia Pantsios

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