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9th Annual Canal Clean Sweep
Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014

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The NYS Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks & Trails New York, is once again planning Canal Clean Sweep in recognition of Earth Day 2014 and in advance of the 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System. As in previous years, the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation is also sponsoring the event. Kid With Wagon

Last year over 150 communities, not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, and social clubs took part in nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

Check out some 2013 event pictures. See the list of 2013 events.

Organize a cleanup event in your community

Whether it’s picking up litter and brush on lock grounds, helping to remove debris from a local Canal park, or preparing a section of Canalway Trail for the thousands of visitors that arrive each year; your event will give volunteers an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with their neighbors and Canal Corporation employees to enhance and preserve this tremendous environmental, cultural and historic resource. Register today!

Benefits of registration

To recognize your group’s participation, the Canal Corporation and its partners will promote your event with statewide press releases and will provide you with a template to tailor to local media. Parks & Trails New York will also provide up-to-date event information and maintain a comprehensive listing of events taking place throughout the weekend on its website.

Organizing groups will also receive free Canal Clean Sweep T-shirts and the Canal Corporation will provide trash bags and arrange for the disposal of collected and bagged trash. Each group will be expected to provide their own tools (if needed) and work gloves.

How to register

We recommend you use our online registration form, but if you prefer you can also use our hardcopy registration form. All registrations must be received no later than March 15, 2014.


If you have any questions or would like further information on coordinating an event in your community, please contact Drew Pollak-Bruce or James Meerdink at or (518) 434-1583.







29 Elk Street * Albany, NY 12207 * (ph) 518-434-1583 * (fax) 518-427-0067 *
Parks & Trails New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as defined by the IRS.