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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.

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 during the field season. 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. Weekly Clean will be canceled if conditions are deemed unsafe due to weather or if the temperature is below 20°F. The schedule and locations of clean-ups are updated on a monthly basis. Make sure to check this schedule, social media, and your email to keep up to date with the latest Weekly Clean info. Cancellations will be announced 24 hours prior to the event on our website and social media whenever possible. Inclement weather can roll in without notice though. Please call the CRWC office (248) 601-0606 if you have questions about Weekly Clean


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Clinton Clean-Up

The Clinton River Watershed Council’s 22nd annual Clinton Clean-Up rallies volunteers, businesses, local governments, and organizations throughout the watershed to clean up the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.


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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 October. 
  • 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.







Keeping-It-Clean 2023 Results   

1,300 lbs
Trash Collected

286 Volunteers

10 Teams

September 2023


Clinton clean-up

Clinton Cleanup is an annual event at which volunteers and community organizations participate in clean-ups throughout the Clinton River Watershed on the same day. Clinton Clean-up 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.

Click here to register your team to clean up our watershed!

2022 Clinton clean-up results

17 Teams
2,124 lbs of trash collected
237 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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