Orleans county communities prepare for the annual Canal Clean Sweep
Groups across New York are preparing for the 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep, and Orleans County is no exception.
There are five groups with different dates and times people can volunteer to join to help pick up the Erie Canal:
■ Canal Clean Sweep at the Tinsel
Join organizers in the village of Albion to clean and beautify along the Erie Canal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Interested parties should meet at the Tinsel at 160 North Main St. in Albion. The Tinsel is the event organizer and can be contacted at email@example.com.
■ Doherty Family and Friends
The Doherty family and their loved ones care about their village, county, and state. They’re showing their love for where they live by helping keep the canal clean and healthy for everyone.
They’ll be cleaning the canal from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. The meeting place will be at the Brown Street Bridge in Albion.
The event organizer is Meghan Coyle and she can be contacted at Meghancolleen@mac.com.
■ Medina Rotary Canalside Clean-up
People will be cleaning up trash and debris on the north side of the canal from the Fruit Avenue bridge to the Marshall Road bridge from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23.
The event is sponsored by the Medina Rotary Club. People will meet at the Marshall Road Bridge on the north side of the canal in the parking area. The event organizer is Gary L. Lawton Sr. who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Holley Earth Day Canal Clean-Up
The Holley Rotary Club and Holley Interact Club will gather with other community members to walk the canal the length it spans the school district (about 6.5 miles). The route covers an area from the public boat launch on County Line Road at Route 31 to Transit Road.
Teams will work from bridge to bridge picking up trash. If participation levels match 2021’s event, organizers said they will also have teams span the entire village to clean up. Meet at the Holley High School parking lot and disperse from there.
The effort is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. The event organizer is Craig Lane who can be contacted at email@example.com.
■ Village Environmental Clean-up Day (Lion’s Club)
Volunteers will meet at the Canal Lift bridge on North Gravel Road and then be assigned areas along the canal and village public areas to clean up trash and spread mulch. The event is 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The event organizer is Howie Gardner who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clean Sweep is scheduled to coincide with the annual Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 23.
Canal Clean Sweep will be one of a number of events around the state to recognize the ongoing commitment to improving the health of the state’s natural environment, in addition to being part of a nationwide celebration to encourage people to get outside and enjoy trails and trail systems.
The 2022 Canal Clean Sweep will take place following a full year of trail use since the completion and opening of the Empire State Trail, a 750-mile multi-use path spanning the state from Manhattan north to the Adirondacks and west along the historic Erie Canal corridor to Buffalo.
During the last few years, the Canalway Trail system has seen unprecedented use, according to state officials, reflecting significant investments made as part of the completion of the Empire State Trail, and increased interest and participation in outdoor recreational activities due to COVID-19.
To learn more about Canal Clean Sweep, and to view a map of scheduled events, visit: ptny.org/cleansweep.