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10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

May 1, 2021
Locations from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks

We welcome you to participate in the 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, our annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries by joining a shoreline cleanup or tree planting project at a location near you. Over the last eight years, Riverkeeper volunteers have completed 704 projects along hundreds of miles of shoreline during our annual day of service for the Hudson, where volunteers have removed 275 tons of debris, and planted or maintained 4,490 trees or native grasses.

As we look toward our 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep this spring, we hope to reach new communities and new volunteers, and restore additional stretches of shoreline. Is there a location in your community in need of cleanup, removal of invasive plants, or another type of restoration project? Check out the 9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep locations, and if the location you have in mind is not on our 2019 map, suggest it using our Sweep 2021 Prospective Community Cleanup Locations Survey.

Ways to get involved:

    • Organize a project: Is there a park or shoreline in your community in need of a cleanup? Submit the Sweep Leader Interest Form and we will reach out with more information about organizing your own project for Saturday, May 1.
    • Submit a prospective Community Cleanup Location. Let us know of any locations you are aware of with significant litter or that is overrun with invasive plants on your local shoreline, in your local park, or in your neighborhood
    • Volunteer: Interested in pitching in? Submit the Volunteer Interest Form to receive updates about volunteering on Sweep day. A full list of Sweep projects will be available on Thursday, April 1, 2021 when registration opens.
    • Sponsor Sweep: Do you own or work at a business interested in helping restore the Hudson River? E-mail for more information about sponsoring the 2021 Riverkeeper Sweep.
    • Apply for the 2021 Sweep Assistant position. The Sweep Assistant will work with the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator to plan the May 1st Riverkeeper Sweep. The position will run from February 15-May 7, and applications are due on January 15. For more information and to apply, visit the Riverkeeper Jobs page.

Given the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared to once again implement social distancing requirements for the 2021 Riverkeeper Sweep to ensure safety for all participants. Small event capacity and social distancing will likely be necessary in May 2021. Social distancing requirements:

  • Pre-registration is required to participate.
  • All participants must bring their own masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and reusable water bottles.
  • All volunteers must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet and wear masks that fully cover nose and mouth at all times – no exceptions.
  • When announcements are being made, a distance of 15 feet should be maintained.
  • Volunteers should carpool only with members of their own household.
  • Volunteers should not participate if they have ANY signs of illness or if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous two weeks.

For updates, please check back to this page over the next few months as planning gets underway. A full list of Sweep projects will be available on Thursday, April 1, 2021 when registration opens. Learn about the results of the 2020 Riverkeeper Sweep.

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