Allegheny River Clean-up

Upcoming Clean-ups

Allegheny River

The 2017 (9th Annual) Allegheny River Clean-up will take place from Saturday, September 9th until Saturday, September 16th, 2017. This year we're planning to spend 2 days on the Conewango Creek (2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year) and 3 days on the Allegheny River (2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year). Just think of it, spending 5 days making these beautiful resources even more spectacular!

If you're interested in participating in one of Warren's "extreme cleaning events" first visit the FAQ page, and then head over to the Volunteer page to sign up!

Volunteers should bring:

  • Rain Gear-the cleanup will be completed rain or shine.
  • Layered Clothing-Individuals come prepared for a range of weather conditions, which can change rapidly in mid-May in northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Food & Water-Individuals are responsible for bringing their own lunch and snacks.
  • Refillable water bottle - you provide the bottle, we'll provide the water!

Getting involved as a volunteer is simple. Just follow these five easy steps:

STEP 1: Review the map below and read the corresponding descriptions. Choose the area(s) you'd like to focus on and head to the Volunteer page. You can also use the map to get directions to each of the beginning and ending points. You’ll need to know how many people are in your party in order to reserve your boats. Limited space is available so don’t delay. If you do not want to canoe, we still need shore helpers to help once the paddlers arrive. Please read below for more information.

STEP 2: Read through the "Safety" page and prepare for the clean-up accordingly. Everyone must complete a Release Agreement. You can download it here. Once you've downloaded it, print it out, complete it and BRING IT WITH YOU!!!

STEP 3: Be sure to show up on the right day and at the correct time and place designated for your trip. Please don’t be late as this can set off a wave of delays throughout the day. There is no cost for the shuttle or canoes. Volunteers will be provided with trash bags and gloves. Please be sure to bring a lunch and maybe even a snack (working and laughing tend to work up an appetite!)

STEP 4: Pick up trash as you paddle or walk to your designated pick-up spot downriver. Jet boat support will be provided when and where possible. When your boat is full of garbage, flag a jet boat to unload or land at a pre-arranged drop point. Be sure to document and nominate any interesting trash you find for the Most Treasured Trash Awards on Saturday.

Please note: All paddlers must be off the water by 3:00 pm so that the land crew can finish up their operations by no later than 5:00 pm.

STEP 6: As always, all volunteers are invited to our wrap-up party, the River Riot, complete with free food (for the first 80 attendees anyway!) , beverages, live music, and our annual "Trashy Awards" presentations. This free event will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:00 at Pellegrino's Italian Market. (look for the big tent!!). It's a great spot right along the Conewango Creek. You'll love it!

The gathering will feature music, food and refreshments, and the Most Treasured Trash Awards. Please bring a chair. Come join in the fun!

*** If you are planning to attend (and we hope you will!!) please let us know how many folks will be in your group - Thanks!

Note that while we aren't having the River Riot at Buckaloons Recreation Area, camping is still FREE at Buckaloons Recreation Area for all river clean-up volunteers!


View a Google Map of all of the launch points

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Conewango Creek/Upper - Larimer Park to Front Street - 5 Miles - Meet at Front Street launch site at 8:30 am for shuttle to Larimer Park launch site. The Front St launch site is directly at the foot of Hackney Meadows St/Lane--the street sign is clearly marked, and it is directly to the right of Davies and Sons on North Conewango Ave. The street sign is new, large, and easily visible from Conewango Ave. And the business, Davies and Sons is a great landmark for those who prefer landmarks to find their way. The launch site is literally directly downhill from Davies and Sons on that street (Hackney Meadows). Look for signs pointing the way. Volunteers will be briefed about trash hot spots and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. If you'd like to volunteer, but do not want to get on the water, shore helpers will be needed beginning at 11:00 am and until possibly as late as 5:00 pm.Click HERE to register.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Conewango Creek/Lower - Front Street to Point Park - 3.5 Miles - Meet at Point Park in Warren, PA at 8:30 am for shuttle to the Front Street launch site. Volunteers should plan for it to take 4 to 6 hours. Volunteers will be briefed about trash hot spots and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. If you'd like to volunteer, but do not want to get on the water, shore helpers will be needed beginning at 11:00 am until possibly as late as 5:00 pm. Click HERE to register.     

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Wildwood - Tidioute Boat Ramp - 7.5 Miles - Meet at Tidioute Boat Launch at 8:30 am for shuttle to Wildwood. This portion of the river clean-up includes Courson Island, the federally designated wilderness island. Volunteers will be briefed about island locations, trash hot spots and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. If you'd like to volunteer, but do not want to get on the water, shore helpers will be needed beginning at 11:00 am and until possibly as late as 5:00 pm. Click HERE to register.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Tidioute Boat Ramp - West Hickory - Miles - Meet at West Hickory boat launch at 8:30 am for shuttle to Tidioute Boat Ramp. Volunteers will be briefed about island locations, trash hot spots and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. If you'd like to volunteer, but do not want to get on the water, shore helpers will be needed beginning at 11:00 am and until possibly as late as 5:00 pm. Click HERE to register.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Point Park to Buckaloons - 7 Miles - Meet at Buckaloons Recreation Area (near the boat ramp) at 8:30 am for shuttle to Point Park in Warren, PA. Volunteers will be briefed about trash hot spots and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. If you'd like to volunteer, but do not want to get on the water, shore helpers will be needed beginning at 11:00 am and until possibly as late as 5:00 pm. Click HERE to register.