Save the date for our Spring Cleanup! April 22, 2017

Join our 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup this Earth Day!

Come volunteer and have a blast at Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup! We are so excited that our 22nd cleanup falls on the 22nd of April this year, which is Earth Day! This spring, be one of nearly 4,000 volunteers joining together across the Milwaukee River Basin to pick up trash, get outdoors, and help us achieve swimmable, fishable rivers. Don’t miss out!

Event Details:


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00pm

2017-04-22 09:00:00
2017-04-22 12:00:00
Milwaukee Riverkeeper 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup
Join Milwaukee Riverkeeper on Earth Day in cleaning up the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers!
Milwaukee River Basin
Milwaukee Riverkeeper


More than 50 locations across the Milwaukee River Basin!


Milwaukee Riverkeeper provides the gloves, trash bags, and amazing FREE T-SHIRTS. YOU provide the hands and energy to pick up the interesting and sometimes bizarre trash that finds its way into our beautiful river system. Afterwards, come to the Trash Bash, an after-party we hold for our volunteers, location to be determined. Register, clean up, and celebrate!


Join us at noon for a free celebration in partnership with Rock the Green at Estabrook Park, Picnic Area #8. Music, food, and fun await our volunteers!


Click the map to explore our different locations, then select a site and follow the registration link to sign up. Register as an individual or as a group!

Every volunteer receives one of our awesome, unique, FREE Spring River Cleanup t-shirts!

For a full list of sites, click the full-screen icon in the top right corner the map.

Map Legend

Class III: These locations have a ton of trash and need lots of help! You will be busy all morning!

Class II: These locations typically have plenty of trash, but not as much as a Class III location. You may have a more moderate intensity cleanup.

Class I: These locations still need your care and attention, but the workload may be lighter and less intense.

Volunteer this Earth Day Map PinBring Your Own Boat: Participants bring their own canoes. Registration is required!

Show Us Your Trash Contest

    Take a picture of any unique or unusual item(s) you find during our 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup.
    Post your photo(s) to any one of Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s social media channels.
    Include the hashtags #MRKCleanup22 #ShowUsYourTrash in the photo post.
    Enter to Win!

Become a River Rockstar!

On Earth Day, you’ll be cleaning up our rivers, but for us to continue this work all year long, we need your help! We are asking you to collect pledges for every bag of trash you fill during the cleanup. Send your pledge form with your collected pledges and personal contact information to Milwaukee Riverkeeper by May 12, 2017. Or, you can set up your own fundraiser for Milwaukee Riverkeeper on Facebook!

If you raise or give over $100, you will be entered to win a ride on the Milwaukee Riverkeeper boat for you and five of your friends with your very own tour guide, our Riverkeeper, Cheryl Nenn!

Documents and Resources:

Want to know more?

Send questions or concerns to Aviva Glassman at or call 414-431-0907.

Interested in Becoming a Milwaukee Riverkeeper Business Member?

Check out all of the great benefits your company or organization will receive as a Milwaukee Riverkeeper business member here.

Or email or call 414-431-0897.