Ready for 2013!
Welcome to the Allegheny River Clean-up website! The 2013 clean-up, September 7-14th, is right around the corner. If you're looking for specific dates of the clean-up, sections of river covered, meeting times, etc, please visit our "Volunteers" page. Have a questions? Try our FAQ page, or Contact Us. We look forward to another great time this year at Warren's "extreme cleaning event of the year!"
First and foremost, an enormous thanks must go out to all the businesses, organizations, clubs and volunteers that came out to support the clean-up effort. Without your support, this would not be possible.
The 2011 team of 403 volunteers donate more than 3,224 hours over 5 days to clean two tributaries and a 31-mile stretch of the Allegheny River. We've removed around 50 cubic yards of "trash", and recycled 12,600 lbs of metal, 237 tires, 24 buckets of glass, and dozens of bags full of glass, plastic and aluminum recycled.
You can't beat wrapping up this effort with a delicious chicken barbecue and great live band at Buckaloons campground. Making my way around the crowd, it was fun listening to stories of everyone's adventure on the river over 5 days.
Wondering what it looks like to have an entire community come together? Check out the photo galleries to the left. Please keep in mind that these pics are only of folks I ran into, and although I tried to mix up my duties to have a well-rounded collection, there were so many other people not pictured that worked very hard. If you see someone wearing a river clean-up shirt or hat, please remember to say "Thank You." Take a look at all those sponsor logos above and let them know how much you appreciate them getting involved!!
It's a great feeling to live in a community that believes in giving back, and amazing what we can accomplish as a team if we put our minds to it! Thanks so much for all you do!
Work doesn’t feel like work when you’re having fun, so to that end we brought you the 2nd Annual Most Treasured Trash Awards. The 2010 awards went to:
Top of the Heap Award, "The Man that can make ANYTHING Happen": John Beard (The clean-up would not be what it is without this man, period.)
"Trashiest Person" Award: Dick Klancher (We didn't even know Dick prior to the clean-up, and he came out and worked so hard EVERY DAY, I'm talking start to finish.)
Top of the Heap Award, "Best Find": Amanda Battko and Jessica Roudybush - A Harley Davidson!!
Top of the Heap Award, "Best River Shopping Cart Maneuvering Technique": Joe Colosimo (This one speaks for itself. Awesome job out there, Joe!)
"Most Abnormal Trash" Award: Grandpa Dave Wargo ("The Scariest Baby Doll Ever!!!!!")
Top of the Heap Award, "Volunteer from the Furthest Distance": "New Mexico Mike", or Mike Chapel (Mike just walked into town and onto jet boats as if he'd been living here for years. We know we'll be seeing him again.)
Top of the Heap Award, "Best Toilet Seat": Bonnie Dinger (Go Bonnie!!)
Top of the Heap Award, "Best Private Boat Brought to the clean-up": Tom Hryvniak (Tom had so much energy when he contacted me on day three from Rochester, super enthusiastic about volunteering. He also brought down a beautiful 15' hand crafted boat, with sail if needed, and filled it with trash two days in a row... wow!)