Erie Canal cleanup events planned for Wayne County this weekend

Volunteers will spend their weekend cleaning up trails along the Erie Canal ahead of New York’s canal system opening on May 22.

The 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep will begin on Friday, April 22 and end on Sunday, April 24. Over 100 Clean Sweep events are planned along the Canalway Trail system, according to Finger Lakes Times. Friday’s volunteer event coincides with the celebration of Earth Day.

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How can you get involved?

There are a number of cleanups events planned for this weekend in Wayne County. Those events will take place in Clyde, Lyons, Newark, Palmyra, Palmyra/Macedon, Macedon, and Savannah. Events are also planned for Buffalo and Rochester.

The annual Canal Clean Sweep events are sponsored by non-profit Parks & Trails New York. To register for an event near you, check out the organization’s interactive map of all cleanup events taking place across the state.

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