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Undo the Chemical Brew project wins Great Lakes Sea Grant Network award

Earlier this month, several Sea Grant programs were recognized for their outstanding work and collaboration on informing people about the dangers of unwanted medicines.

Undo the Great Lakes Chemical Brew: Proper PPCP Disposal was funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant from the U.S. EPA. By combining outreach and educational efforts, the project helps Great Lakes basin residents understand the correct use and proper disposal of unwanted medications and personal care products.

The project was awarded the 2012 Great Lakes Outstanding Outreach Programming Award, which is presented by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to recognize multi-program initiatives that have helped solve a problem of major importance in the Great Lakes basin. It recognizes exceptional leadership, teamwork, and accomplishments by Great Lakes Sea Grant personnel, and is the highest award the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network bestows.

Sea Grant staff provided research-based information to policy makers addressing this issue, as well as assistance in hosting community medicine collection events. Working together, the Undo the Chemical Brew team has collected almost 2.7 million pills and informed over 1,075,000 anglers, educators, students, 4-H youth, medical professionals, and community members.

Congratulations to these Undo the Chemical Brew team members who made this successful program possible:

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Marti Martz (principal investigator), Coastal Outreach Specialist

Anna McCartney, Communications and Education Specialist

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Robin Goettel, Associate Director for Education

Terri Hallesy, Education Specialist

Laura Kammin, Pollution Prevention Program Specialist

New York Sea Grant

Helen Domske, Senior Extension Specialist, NY Sea Grant; Associate Director, Great Lakes Program

Ohio Sea Grant

David Kelch, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist (retired)

Frank Lichtkoppler, Sea Grant and Extension Specialist

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