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2015 Canal Clean Sweep Scheduled for April 17 - 19

Registration is open - please fill out the online registration form to register your event.


Help us to make the 10th Annual Canal Clean Sweeep the most successful yet!


9th Annual Canal Clean Sweep
A Great Success!

On April 25-27, the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York hosted a weekend of volunteer events along the New York State Canal System as part of the 9th annual Canal Clean Sweep. This year's Sweep has been most successful to date. All together, more than 150 community groups will hold 105 events, with an estimated 3,000 participants across the State. Volunteers donate their time to prepare the Canal for the upscoming navigation season, the 190th consecutive on the Canals, and to ready the Canalway Trail for increased summer use. As in previous years, the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation is also sponsoring the event.

This year's volunteers have shown their dedication by coming out despite chilly temperatures, overcast skies and rain - conditions that have become a hallmark for the annual spring cleanup. On Clean Sweep weekend, however, the weather never dampens spirits, as demonstrated one of this year's enthusiastic participants, “Why waste a nice day picking up trash? When the sunny days decide to come, we’ll be ready, and the trail will be clean.”

Another way to show your appreciaton for the Canalway Trail is by adopting a trail section through the Adopt-a-Trail program. Contact James Meerdink at or (518) 434-1583 for more information.

A huge thanks goes out to all Clean Sweep organizers and volunteers! Your dedication helps this event to grow each year.

Check out a few 2014 event pictures below, as well as a full event summary. You can also view the full list of 2014 events and map.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara joins Clean Sweep volunteers at Riverfront Park in Canajoharie

People Inc. and Sweet Ride Rentals team up in Lockport.

Expert debris removal in Halfmoon.

The McQuaid Jesuit Crew team takes to the trail.

Event Summary

Click through the Prezi below for overall Clean Sweep statistics and reports from from many of our event organizers. You'll also find great pictures from each event within the reports. Events are organized by county, so you may have to flip thorugh a few pages to find your event. Thanks again to our great organizers and volunteers!



If you have any questions or would like further information on coordinating an event in your community or participating in the Adopt-a-Trail program, please contact James Meerdink at or (518) 434-1583.







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