Riverkeeper shoreline sweep clears "tons" of trash

May 27, 2016

When area residents say they’re going to pitch in to help keep the environment clean, they mean it. More than eight tons of litter, trash and debris was collected during the Spring Shoreline Sweep hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on April 23.

The annual event took place at 43 sites in both Erie and Niagara Counties. Riverkeeper officials say it was one of the largest events so far, attracting 1,500 volunteers from around the region. 

Among the tons of trash collected there were some interesting finds.  

“A refrigerator door, more than one television was found in the Scajaquada Creek. There were lots of tiny toys, household objects, just a wide range of stuff,” said Susan Kornacki the communications and development manager for Riverkeeper.

The organization has been working to keep shorelines and the area watershed clean since its inception in 1989, but has been holding the formal clean up event for about a decade.

Video by Lynne Bader, Senior Producer, WNED-TV

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