Trash Free River Cleanups

Since September 2020, Save The River has successfully planned and executed Trash Free River (TFR) shoreline cleanups along the St. Lawrence River. This program has been cleaning up the shoreline and boat slips for several years on both sides of the River in an ongoing effort to make the St. Lawrence River “swimmable, fishable, and drinkable now and for generations to come.”

These cleanups are:

  • – Community-based
  • – Volunteer oriented
  • – Focused on the shore, wetlands along the shoreline,
  •   and 10 feet into the River
Thanks to our 270 volunteers who helped with the 2023 cleanup season, over 5,000 of trash (including tires, lumber, and polystyrene) was removed from the shorelines and waters of the St. Lawrence River! Stay tuned for 2024 cleanups and other information. 
Our cleanup efforts are made possible thanks to the Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, Labatt USA, #TeamSeas, Project C by National Grid, Community Bank, N.A., and the Northern New York Community Foundation.
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Check out our Trash Free River website!

Want to sponsor a cleanup?

Our cleanups are a great way to volunteer with your team, get out on the river and promote your business. We are also looking for volunteers with boats, trucks and dump trailers to help make this event a success. 

Email Bridget, our Development Director, at to learn more!

Past Cleanups