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Please join us for our newest volunteer program: Monthly Waterway Cleanups!

Riverkeeper is proud to announce our new program: Monthly Watershed Cleanups! Participants will have the opportunity to clean up litter in natural spaces and public parks, to reduce our impact on nature and improve our communities. On October 29th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, please pick a site and join us for our final Monthly Waterway Cleanup of the season!  We need volunteers to help at the following locations:

Mouth of Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo

Hyde Park Lake, Niagara Falls

Check back in 2017 for information about our Spring Shoreline Sweep on 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 let you know that at our July Waterway Cleanup we removed over 460 pounds of litter from Unity Island, and over 200 pounds of litter from Black Rock Canal Park – a total of 660 pounds that is no longer in our waterways!

Support our Waterway Cleanup efforts by pledging to donate when we pick up more than 250 pounds of litter!

Cleanup Site Alert Page:

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