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Riverkeeper Sweep 2012

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June 2, 2012
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This page is for the 2012 Riverkeeper Sweep. For this year’s Sweep, please visit

The 2012 Riverkeeper Sweep engaged 450 volunteers in projects that removed 7 tons of trash, planted 125 trees and more – all in service to the Hudson River. Thank you, volunteers! Click here for details.

The Riverkeeper Sweep is a day of service for the Hudson River. Every day we benefit from living near the Hudson River – we benefit from its beauty, its wildlife, its recreational uses, its inspiration. The Riverkeeper Sweep is one day to give back. On June 2, 2012, volunteers are organizing cleanups and other service projects throughout Hudson River region. Use our interactive map or download a list of volunteer sites to find a local Sweep, and register now for a cleanup in your community!

View Riverkeeper Sweep – Cleanup Sites in a larger map. Red dots indicate cleanups volunteers can join; blue dots indicate sites in need of cleanup but without planned events.

Scenic Hudson created and led the Great River Sweep from 1998 – 2007, and removed 400 tons of riverside trash with thousands of volunteers, who continued the event’s award-winning achievements in subsequent years. Scenic Hudson remains a supporter of the initiative while maintaining its focus on saving land, creating parks and revitalizing waterfronts along the Hudson.

In 2012, Riverkeeper adopted the Sweep to respond to trash deposited by historic flooding in 2011, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a law that is foundational to Riverkeeper’s work, and that requires citizen leadership to succeed in achieving its goal of fishable, swimmable and drinkable water. In 2012, the Riverkeeper Sweep coincides with National Trails Day, providing the public with another powerful impetus to become good stewards of the river and valley.

Sponsors of the Riverkeeper Sweep include Keeper Springs, Ironshore, Whole Foods, Pleasant Valley Stone and American Rivers. Thank you! (For sponsorship information, please contact Dan Shapley at [email protected] or 914-478-4501 x226.)

The day of service on June 2 culminates with an evening of celebration on the Ossining waterfront. Volunteers are invited to join Riverkeeper members and the community for music, food, awards ceremony honoring Clean Water Champions and river-based activities like seining, kayaking and sailing. The party is free, food will be for sale, and some activities will be for members only. Come early at 3 p.m. for river seining, and stay for the party from 4-7 p.m. More About the Party

Riverkeeper is supporting volunteers who organize Sweeps in their communities. Use our resources for leaders to get started, and email [email protected] for more information.

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