2019 River Cleanup Program

River Cleanup

Roll up your sleeves! Since April 2019, our River Cleanup Program has mobilized 1,252 volunteers to remove over 26,000 lbs. of garbage from our River! From April through November, from New York State down to Newark Bay, Hackensack Riverkeeper organizes monthly Community Cleanups in different towns along the watershed, providing stewardship opportunities and spreading the message of a clean Hackensack River. River Cleanups are an important part of our mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed, and we can always use more volunteers!

At River Cleanups, volunteers can either comb the banks of the river for trash, or board canoes to collect floatables (conditions permitting). Hackensack Riverkeeper brings all the materials needed to get the job done: bags, gloves, and pickup sticks; canoes, paddles, and PFDs (personal flotation devices); hip waders, nets, a water cooler, and pizza. Volunteers need only dress for the outdoors, wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug and sun protection. Reusable water bottles suggested!

To get started, review the list of upcoming River Cleanups, and consider registering for one (or more!). Individuals, families, and small groups are welcome. There is no minimum age to participate, however we do ask that all children be supervised, and that only adults paddle our canoes. Got a really big group? Consider coordinating a sponsored cleanup with our outreach coordinator, Caitlin!

If your group (Scout, school, civic group, company, etc.) would like to sponsor a cleanup on a date and location of your choosing, we are happy to coordinate one with you! We are also actively seeking Community Partners to sponsor our monthly cleanups with the community.

For more information on the River Program, sponsorship, a particular activity, or if you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to call Caitlin at 201-968-0808 or email Outreach@hackensackriverkeeper.org.

Thanks, and hope to see you at one of our river cleanups! See you on the river!

2019 Community Cleanups

Click through for more info and to register. More cleanups/registration coming soon!

Saturday, April 27, 9 am – 1 pm, Bi-State Watershed Cleanup at Lake DeForest Reservoir

Saturday, April 27, 10am – 2pm, Bi-State Watershed Cleanup at Woodcliff Lake Reservoir

Saturday, April 27, 9am – 1pm, Slam Dunk The Junk Cleanup: Hackensack, NJ 

Sunday, May 5, 10 am – 12 pm, Hackensack River Greenway, Teaneck, NJ

Saturday, May 11, 2 pm – 5 pm, Kenneth B. George Park, River Edge, NJ*

Saturday, June 22, 9 am – 1 pm, Solstice Cleanup: Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ*

Saturday, August 17, 9 am – 12 pm, Rutkowski Park Cleanup: Bayonne, NJ*

Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 am – 2 pm, International Coastal Cleanup: Oradell Reservoir 

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 am – 1 pm, Slam Dunk The Junk – October: Atlantic Street Park/Hackensack River County Park

Sunday, Nov. 3, 12 pm – 3 pm, Mitzvah Day: Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva: 243 Frisch Court, Paramus

Saturday, Nov. 17, 17 9:30am-1:00pm, Fort Flubert Demo + Cleanup: 30 Fred Street, Old Tappan


*Indicates canoes will be used at cleanup. All cleanups have a shoreline component.


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