To increase awareness about the impact of litter in our park and waterways, and cultivate action by providing solutions to prevent littering behavior. 


Littering on Belle Isle costs the park time, money and resources that, should the problem be addressed effectively, could be reallocated to park improvements and other enhancements that will positively impact the park user’s experience.


To  create an anti-litter mindset on Belle Isle that cultivates a conscious behavior shift and generates a ripple effect that leads to healthier, litter-free neighborhoods throughout the Great Lakes region.

Keep Belle Isle Beautiful is an effort to shift social behavior through the creation of a campaign that relies on community, corporate and political support. Its purpose is to increase awareness through education about the impact of litter in our park and waterways, cultivate action and provide solutions. The Campaign’s goal is to reduce litter on Belle Isle while generating a ripple effect which leads to healthier, litter-free parks and neighborhoods throughout Detroit and the entire Great Lakes region.


For more information in supporting the campaign through donations, volunteering, hosting a park or canal clean-up, please contact Genevieve Nowak at nowakg@belleisleconservancy.org

  • Detroiters, Metro Detroiters, Michiganders, humans, animals and plants all need unpolluted water to survive

  • Between 10 and 20 million tons of plastic debris end up in our waterways each year

  • Chemicals that are already in the plastic and paper products that we purchase and use- when items are littered, those chemicals harm our soil, rivers and lakes

  • When plastic ends up in our water, it breaks down into microplastic which often becomes ingested by aquatic life. The same aquatic enter into the food chain and end up on our diner tables

  • A fishing line can take up to 600 years to disappear- unfortunately trash left behind from fishermen continues to be a problem.

  • Hooks can become stuck to or pierce the skin of not only our wildlife but also our four-legged friends visiting the island, causing injury and even death

  • Food scraps and other organic items that are disposed of improperly can increase algal blooms in water, which reduces the amount of available oxygen for other aquatic life, such as fish

  • The presence of litter in a community decreases property values by a little over 7%, according to the National Association of Home Builders pricing model

  • And lastly, littering kills 10,000 trees every year


In order to Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, the Belle Isle Conservancy is partnering with Riverside Kayak Connection and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to coordinate Detroit River and Canal Clean-Ups on Belle Isle. We know many of our paddling friends love Belle Isle as much as we do and also want to help keep our waterways clean.  This is a great opportunity to get together with other paddlers and make a difference. Click the box below for more information!

Belle Isle Conservancy | 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.331.7760 | info@belleisleconservancy.org

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