2015 Spring River Cleanup

Each year Milwaukee Riverkeeper mobilizes thousands of volunteers that work to remove several tons of trash from rivers in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Come be a part of the action and participate in our 20th Annual Spring River Cleanup!


Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 9:00am-Noon with the Trash Bash to follow!


Come out to one of our 50 sites throughout Greater Milwaukee. See our LIST OF SITES or our MAP OF SITES to find out where you can get involved.


We provide the bags, gloves, and FREE T-SHIRTS and YOU provide the hands and energy to pick up trash, litter, and the interesting and sometimes bizarre pieces of garbage that find their way into our beautiful river system. Grab a garbage bag and let’s clean some river!


Click here to go to the registration page! Registration for your site is not required, but it helps us plan for how many supplies to distribute.

Become a River Rock Star!

On April 18th you are helping us to clean up our rivers but we need your help to continue this work all year long. We are asking you to collect pledges for every bag of trash you collect during the cleanup! Every dollar you raise for Milwaukee Riverkeeper goes directly to our work of restoring streambanks, identifying pollution, and fighting for strong policies and enforcement of laws to keep our water clean. Together we are working to ensure a future where all people in the Milwaukee River Basin can enjoy clean drinking water and fishable, swimmable rivers.

Send your collected pledges (pledge form) or self donation and personal contact information to Milwaukee Riverkeeper by May 2nd, 2015. If you raise or give over $100 you will be entered in a drawing for a Milwaukee Riverkeeper Prize Package. This includes a ride on the Milwaukee Riverkeeper vessel for you and five of your friends with your own tour guide, Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn!

Trash Bash

Celebrate the success of the cleanup with drinks, raffle prizes, food, and more. This year, we will have locations on all three rivers from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm!

Milwaukee River: Estabrook Park – Picnic Area 5 near the Beer Garden. More details soon!

Menomonee River: Jacobus Park – Picnic Area 2 inside the Pavilion on the lower level. More details soon!

Kinnickinnic River: 6th and Cleveland – where the concrete channel meets the naturalized portion of the River. At 11:50 am and 12:15 pm UW-Madison Limnologist Peter Levi and his team will be dyeing the river red for scientific studies! More details soon!

Need More Information?

Please email at rivercleanup@milwaukeeriverkeeper.org or call 414-287-0207 ext. 6.


Thank you to our sponors!

Site Sponsors

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Creek Sponsors

Bob Boucher
Clark Dietz

Rotary Club of Milwaukee


Natural Resource Technology

Riverbank Sponsors

Godfrey & Kahn
Kuhl Family Charitable Fund
David & Diane Wolfson