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2016 Monthly Waterway Cleanups

Our new Monthly Waterway Cleanups program was a great success! From May to October over 400 volunteers prevented 5 tons of litter from polluting our waterways. Thank you to the many volunteers who supported our efforts to protect our waters and donated their time! Please check back in early 2017 for information about our Spring Shoreline Sweep, scheduled for Saturay April 22, 2017. 

IF / THEN UPDATE: thank you to everyone who pledged to support Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper through our If / Then campaign! We are excited to announce that our October Cleanup event was a huge success – we removed 1,900 pounds of litter, with the help of 131 volunteers.  Thank you for supporting our efforts!

Cleanup Site Feedback Opportunity: Do you have ideas for other locations that need a cleanup? To contact us about a site that would benefit from a cleanup effort, please follow this LINK.


If you have any questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page first.  If you still need assistance, please contact Wendy Paterson, Community Liaison, at wpaterson@bnriverkeeper.org or call 716-852-7483 ext. 26.


Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Cleanups are made possible by support from the HSBC Water Programme, Buffalo Sewer Authority, and Great American Cleanup.





History of our cleanup events:

Each spring, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper coordinates our Spring Shoreline Sweep, the largest single-day shoreline cleanup in Western New York. Targeting shoreline sites, hundreds of volunteers come out to engage in direct citizen action that makes our community a better place and reconnects the public with our region’s most valued asset — our water. Last April, over 1,500 volunteers signed up to help clean up shorelines in Niagara and Erie counties. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we removed litter from the following sites:


Amherst State Park
UB Bike Path
Ellicott Island Park


Cazenovia Park
Erie Basin Marina
Houghton Park
Hoyt Lake
LaSalle Park
Unity Island
Ohio Street Boat Launch
Red Jacket Riverfront Park
Riverside Park
Scajaquada Creek (Niagara Street)
Scajaquada Creek (West Avenue)
Scajaquada Creek (Tops on Grant Street)
Scajauada Creek (American Legion on Amherst Street)
Seneca Bluffs
South Park
Tifft Nature Preserve
Times Beach


Cheektowaga Town Park
North Creek South Creek Drive Park


Cayuga Creek

Niagara Falls

Bergholtz Creek
Gill Creek Park
LaSalle Waterfront Park

North Tonawanda

North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve


Ellicott Creek Park

West Seneca

Burchfield Nature and Art Center
Cazenovia Creek