Haul in annual Lake Superior beach cleanup swamps previous record

This summer's floods carried all manner of garbage and debris into Lake Superior. And more than 3,000 pounds of it was removed by volunteers during the annual Beach Sweep of September and October. That triples the previous record in the event organized by the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Ocean Conservancy.
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This summer's floods carried all manner of garbage and debris into Lake Superior. And more than 3,000 pounds of it was removed by volunteers during the annual Beach Sweep of September and October. That triples the previous record in the event organized by the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Ocean Conservancy.

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