Spring Sweep with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Date(s) - Saturday, Apr 23, 2022


Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will hold its 2022 Spring Sweep on Saturday, April 23.

It’s their largest cleanup event of the year where they engage thousands of volunteers to remove trash from our shorelines. Register here. 

The Sweep is also part of the Great Lakes CleanUP, a week long trash removal effort created in partnership with 15 other groups and organizations from around the Great Lakes basin. In WNY, cleanup sites will be available throughout the Niagara River Watershed for volunteers to work collectively with folks around the basin to stop thousands of pounds of litter from polluting our waterways. The Great Lakes is the drinking water resource for over 40 million people and we are excited to lead this region-wide stewardship event.

In 2021, they officially launched their digital data collection efforts by using the Clean Swell App, which directly connects the information they collect here locally to the Ocean Conservancy’s largest marine debris database in the world, TIDES. This allows our data to be instantly accessible and helps to support our work to address the root causes of litter pollution here locally and globally.

And remember you can always participate in a solo sweep. Take a look at our Solo Sweep page to sweep any day that works for you!

Cleanup pro tip: bring your own bucket to save on a trash bag and make data collection a breeze!

To learn more about our waterway cleanups, refer to our frequently asked questions here.