OSSINING, N.Y. – More than 1,000 volunteers are set to clean up the Hudson River as a part of Ossining-based Rivekeeper’s second annual sweep set for May 11.
Scenic Hudson ran the volunteer cleanup effort from 1998-2007 and Riverkeeper decided to sponsor the event for the first time last year. The organization is set to continue the tradition at more than 70 locations along the Hudson River on May 11. The sweep will culminate with celebrations throughout the river towns.
Riverkeeper's Dan Shapley said he is excited for the event that has more than doubled from last year's sweep across 30 locations.
"We grew to 75 locations from the 30 last year and it's stretched out across 150 miles of river from Albany to New York City," Shapley said Thursday. "This is Riverkeeper's biggest volunteer event and it's a great opportunity for people to do something tangible that actually cleans the river."
Riverkeeper’s Paul Gallay previously praised the cleanup as one of the most important efforts to keep the Hudson River clean.
“It’s been an inspiration to see so many volunteers step up to organize cleanups in their communities,” Gallay said prior to last year’s sweep. “We hope to continue working with these volunteers, not only to keep the Hudson River beautiful, but also to make it safe for swimming, fishing and drinking.”
There are dozens of local sites open for registered volunteers including the Dobbs Ferry waterfront, the Pocantico River in Sleepy Hollow, the Tarrytown waterfront, Croton Point Park, Kinnally Cove in Hastings-on-Hudson, the Sing Sing Kill in Ossining, Scarborough Park in Briarcliff Manor and Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill.
Those who register and participate are eligible for raffle prizes and a freebie at one of the participating breweries and nightclubs including the Peekskill Brewery in Westchester, according to a press release from Riverkeeper. Those looking to register are asked to visit the Riverkeeper Sweep website.