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September 20, 2018

‘Canal Clean Sweep’ Celebrates Earth Day


MINETTO – Saturday (April 22) is International Earth Day.

The NYS Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks and Trails NY, is sponsoring the beginning of 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Volunteers, Minetto Clean Sweep 2016

Volunteers, Minetto Clean Sweep 2016

“Canal Clean Sweep is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and volunteer efforts will help to prepare the canals for the 193rd consecutive navigation season, scheduled to begin May 1, weather permitting,” said Jamie Meerdink, Parks and Trails NY.

Locally, the town of Minetto has participated since 2007 with Clean Sweep.

This year, Minetto’s clean sweep will be on Saturday with volunteers meeting at 9 a.m. by the Town Hall, Route 48.

A litter pickup along the Oswego River will be done from the north end of River View Park to the south end of the Dugway.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Minetto Clean Sweep 2016 volunteers

Minetto Clean Sweep 2016 volunteers

On Sunday (April 23), Friends of Great Bear will sponsor a Clean Sweep project with trail repair and flower plantings along the historic tow path section of the Oswego River and Canal.

Meet time, 9:30 a.m. at the park entrance. Tools provided.

On May 7, allowing for normal water levels, a Clean Sweep of the historic Battle Island area of the Oswego River will be done by volunteers paddling canoes and kayaks, collecting any debris along the shorelines.

A limited number of extra canoes, kayaks and PFDs will be available.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Clean Sweep completed. Historic lock at Battle Island

Clean Sweep completed. Historic lock at Battle Island

Paddlers will launch from near  Battle Island, meeting at 10 a.m.

For those interested in volunteering with any of these three Clean Sweep events, contact Dick Drosse at 315-343-4565 or [email protected]

Limited complimentary event T-shirts are provided as supplies allow.

For other Canal Clean Sweep events in Oswego County, those interested, should visit www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

New log bench at the guard lock, Great Bear

New log bench at the guard lock, Great Bear

Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, “Canal Clean Sweep is a great way for community groups and individuals to show their pride in our magnificent Canal System and Canalway Trail by pitching in with their neighbors.”

Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks and Trails NY, said, “Canal Clean Sweep is an event that keeps growing, while still retaining its local flavor. This year’s events have a special significance as they’ll kick off a season of celebration of the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial and its recreational and cultural significance.”

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