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2017 Spring Shoreline Sweep

April 22nd 10am-12pm

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 and collected over 11 tons of litter.

Prior registration for the sweep is encouraged. Please use the map below to view cleanup locations.

Click on the Sweep sites below to register:

1. Amherst State Park
2. UB Bike Path
3. Ellicott Island Park
4. Bizer Creek

5. Black Rock Canal Park
6.Broderick Park
7. Cazenovia Park
8. Conway Park
9. Erie Basin Marina
10. Houghton Park
11. Hoyt Lake
12. Scajaquada Creek (Niagara Street)
13. Scajaquada Creek (West Avenue) SITE FULL
14. Scajaquada Creek (Tops on Grant Street)
15. Scajauada Creek (Wegmans on Amherst Street)
16. Seneca Bluffs
17. South Park

18. Tifft Nature Preserve SITE FULL
19. Times Beach
20. Unity Island

22. Cheektowaga Town Park
23. North Creek South Creek Drive Park

24. Cayuga Creek

25. Buckhorn State Park/Woods Creek Kayak Launch SITE FULL
26. Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area

27. LaSalle Waterfront Park

28. North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve

29. Chestnut Ridge County Park

30. Bond Lake Park

31. Niawanda Park SITE FULL
32. Ellicott Creek Park

33. Burchfield Nature and Art Center
34. Cazenovia Creek at Seneca & Ridge Rd.

35. Bergholtz Creek

Cannot attend?
Still want to offer support?

Consider donating towards our Cleanup Programs. Write “for cleanups” in the comment section of the PayPal form.


Funding for the 2017 Spring Shoreline Sweep Provided by Honeywell International Inc.



Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is grateful for generous support from the following sponsors: Lakeward Spirits, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Labatt USA, Royal Bank of Canada, Key Bank, Dunn Tire, Ecology and Environment, inc., Corr Distributor, and Praxair

A special thank you to the Buffalo Sewer Authority for their ongoing partnership in our water quality educational and outreach campaigns.

The Monthly Waterway Cleanup Program

shoreline sweep collageOur first year doing the 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!

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 or call 716-852-7483 ext. 26.