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Now is the perfect time to get involved with protecting our freshwater resources with volunteer events, free training and education classes and family-friendly activities throughout the year!

what is the keeping-it-clean program?

The Keeping-It-Clean Program encourages watershed residents to directly get involved in improving the health and natural beauty of their watershed by participating in regularly scheduled trash cleanups.

when are cleanups and who can help?

From spring through early winter, Keeping-It-Clean coordinates cleanup projects and events throughout the Clinton River Watershed. 

This program engages residents of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels with activities ranging from on-land garbage collecting to paddling and water trail cleanups to invasive species removal and native plant installations.

virtual weekly clean

We are launching our virtual weekly clean program! Weekly Clean is our weekly cleanup program where volunteers gather to collect trash from local parks, green spaces, and other areas along the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. 
During this time of social distancing, we encourage watershed residents to take a few minutes to collect trash around their home, along their favorite trail, or at a local park. Post a photo of what you collect using the hashtags  #crwc #virtualwc #weeklycleanwhy. Please share your "why", as in why you volunteered to pick up trash and why it is important to you. This stewardship initiative is ongoing (not just Wednesdays), so feel free to post and tag us any day of the week!


cleanup waiver

Click here to download our volunteer waiver.
Please fill out this waiver if you are a new volunteer with us and bring it to the next cleanup you attend!

upcoming cleanups 

Weekly Clean

Weekly Clean occurs every Wednesday from April-November. Locations will be posted online in advance (prior registration is not required, unless a large group plans on attending). Weekly Cleans are open to individuals of all ages and skill levels.


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Clinton Cleanup

The Clinton Cleanup is an annual event where volunteers and community organizations participate in cleanups throughout the Clinton River Watershed on the third Saturday in September. To learn more about the upcoming Clinton Cleanup, click here.


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Trash Runs

Join CRWC and Clinton River Canoe & Kayak for a paddle down the Clinton while we pick up trash! Trash runs are intended for individuals 14 years of age and older, and registration is required.


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Weekly Clean is our ongoing watershed cleanup program! Join us every Wednesday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm as we clean up a designated location within the watershed or along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair. 

  • Cleanups take place in April through December. There is no clean up the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly. Closed-toe shoes are required (unless operating a kayak). 
  • We continually update the schedule of clean up locations on our web site. Make sure to check in with this schedule periodically, as sometimes we need to shuffle locations due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • For some cleanups, there will be opportunities to kayak parts of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair and clean up debris while you paddle. Kayaks are always first-come, first-served, or you are welcome to bring your canoe or kayak. Our friends from Simple Adventures and Oakland County Parks will be providing kayaks to support our cleanup efforts.
  • If a cleanup specifically says “BYO kayak” it means that no boats will be provided, but there are opportunities to kayak if you have your own and would like to bring it.




  • We do our best to announce cancellations 24 hours before the event on our website – if unsure, call CRWC office (248)601-0606.
  • Weekly Clean will be canceled if the temperature is below 20°F or if conditions are deemed unsafe due to weather.
  • Kayak cleanups will be canceled within 24 hours of scheduled start time if the weather forecast predicts that there will be thunderstorms at the time of the event.





September 18, 2021

Click here to download the clinton cleanup guide!


Keeping-It-Clean 2020 Results



Clinton cleanup

Clinton Cleanup is an annual event where volunteers and community organizations participate in cleanups throughout the Clinton River Watershed on the third Saturday in September. To learn more about the upcoming Clinton Cleanup, click here. Clinton Cleanup is made possible through the combined effort of hundreds of individuals, businesses, local governments, and community organizations. We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors and community volunteers.

Clinton cleanup results

15 Teams
4,660 lbs trash collected
230 Volunteers




Interested in starting your own cleanup? CRWC can help! CRWC is happy to provide assistance and lend out
cleanup equipment for groups who want to get out in the watershed and organize their own cleanup.

After your cleanup, please fill out this cleanup evalutation!




  • Leave your phone number on the sign in sheet.
  • Do not enter any fast or swift moving water.
  • Do not work alone. Use the buddy system.
  • Use caution when picking up sharp objects such as glass.
  • Do not lift heavy items alone.
  • Do not pick up needles unless a “hazardous sharps” container is available.
  • Leave all wildlife alone.
  • Please respect any equipment that was loaned out for the clean up.
  • Be aware of time, and adhere to timeframe of the clean up.


  • Wear a safety vest if near a road or parking lot.
  • Do not collect yard waste such as broken limbs, leaves or sticks.
  • Use caution on steep river banks.


  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD), and clean up with a partner.
  • Never walk, stand, or crawl on woody debris or log jams.
  • Know your location in case of an emergency. The Clinton River has location markers.



  • Closed toe shoes (boots always recommended)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Sunglasses or hat
  • Cell phone in case of emergencies


  • Work gloves if you would like to use your own
  • Kayak, life jacket, and paddle when applicable
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dry bag to hold cell phone, keys, or other items that need to stay dry










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