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The 2017 Spring Shoreline Sweep will be 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:


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



Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is grateful for generous support from the following sponsors: Great Lakes Brewing Co., Labatt USA, Lakeward Spirits, and Dunn Tire.

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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 wpaterson@bnriverkeeper.org or call 716-852-7483 ext. 26.