Allegheny River Clean-up

Allegheny River & Watershed Clean-up

Welcome to the Allegheny River & Watershed Clean-up website!

Since 2005, almost 5,000 volunteers have donated more than 40,000 hours and have removed almost 900 cubic yards of trash from the watershed. They have pulled out television sets; microwave ovens; lawn chairs; refrigerators; 55-gallon drums; more than 16,900 tires and more than 152,000 pounds of recyclable metal (that's more than 76 tons!). Countless bags have been filled with recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.

2022(14th Annual) Allegheny River Clean-up!

We have it on very good authority that the local waterways are in need of some focused and loving attention.
The good news – the Allegheny River Clean-up is, indeed, going to happen this year. The even better news, you ARE invited!!

We will be on the water three days this year:

• Thursday, Sept. 15th - Allegheny River from Buckaloons to Wildwood

• Friday, Sept. 16th - Allegheny River from Wildwood to Tidioute

• Saturday, Sept. 17th - Allegheny River from Allegheny Outfitters to Buckaloons

All of this followed by a great Volunteer Appreciation Party (River Riot) at Allegheny Outfitters/Bent Run Brewery on Saturday evening beginning at 6:00pm. Of course, we'll have great music, great food and beverages (at least for the first 80 attendees) and a great time. As always, we'll have our annual "Trashy Awards" presentations. Hope you'll be there, but please let us know for sure when you register.

Remember, this is all subject to change based on current weather and river conditions. We'll do our best to keep folks posted of any changes.

Each day will be limited to 40 participants.

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  • Coffee and donuts will be provided at the registration point

  • Allegheny Outfitters will be shuttling volunteers and hauling boats. We will meet each morning at 8:30 for registration at the downstream take-out point and then be transported to the top (put-in point). At the end of the day, volunteers will get out of the water, sign out with event organizers, and walk to their vehicles

  • For the van shuttling portion of river clean-up, masks are currently optional, and will be provided for anyone that would like to wear one. We're hopeful this policy remains, but as has been the case over the last year, if guidelines change, AO will have a mask on hand for anyone that may need one

  • Regardless of how you feel about masks, please be respectful of the choices that others make

  • Gloves, garbage bags, etc. will be provided. Bring a lunch, snacks, water, rain gear, and all the personal items you wished you had brought with you last time!

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

Participants MUST register (required!) by visiting

Don't forget, 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!!!

Hope we'll see you out there!

Ever wonder what a River Clean-up might look like? Take a look!!

(Thanks Grace!)