2nd Annual
Great Lakes CleanUP
April 22 - May 6, 2022.
PartnerUP & Volunteer!

The Great Lakes CleanUP is a collaborative single week trash removal event to protect habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin

Join Our CleanUP Community

The 2021 inaugural Great Lakes CleanUP was a sweeping success! Nearly 3,000 volunteers helped clean up the shorelines of our Great Lakes. We collected over 72,350 pounds of litter across 4,500 acres. Among the trash, we prevented tens of thousands of cigarette butts, plastic bags and pieces of styrofoam from entering our Great Lakes.

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Great Lakes Communities

15 Great Lakes Communities are working together to lead volunteers to act.

Coordinated trash CleanUP events & awareness campaigns.


Coordinated Cleanups

This 2nd Annual Great Lakes CleanUP being held April 22 - May 6, 2022 is led by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper with funding by EPA/GLRI.

Nearly $300,000 through the EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Grant Funded by GLRI

Support For Our Efforts.

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“EPA’s new, innovative Trash-Free Great Lakes program underscores the administration’s commitment to protecting and preserving these binational treasures,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede. “EPA is proud to support Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and all of our partners through this inaugural round of grants as we work to address the issue of litter and debris in the Great Lakes.” Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, said, “Many of our most critical environmental success stories have been driven by community activism. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has a long tradition of success and service in restoring and protecting Western New York’s waterways. This federal investment supports a great coordinated effort to safeguard and cleanup the largest source of fresh water on the planet.”

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The Great Lakes as shown on Google Earth app.

Globally significant resources...

New York is a Great Lakes state, and protection of our globally significant resources often falls on the shoulders of frontline communities and organizations. Join us as a partner or a volunteer in The Great Leakes CleanUP!

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Our CleanUP Partners will be hosting CleanUPs in communities in and around the Great Lakes Basin.

Meet Our CleanUP Partners

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