Cayuga Lake Watershed Network & partners invite you to EMBRACE THE LAKE 2024


9 watershed cleanup events announced across Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties!

From March to May the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network works with partner organizations, businesses, community groups, friends, and families to keep our watershed clean and beautiful. Everyone is encouraged to join or organize a litter cleanup to keep trash out of our creeks and lake. Don’t forget, roadside ditches and drainages are waterways, too! We can help you promote your event, provide cleanup materials including trash bags, gloves, trash pickers, and more. Read on to find upcoming events near you.


Ithaca Rotarians Spring Rt 13 Highway Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 9 - 11 a.m., Lansing

Calling all volunteers! The Ithaca Rotary Club is seeking volunteers from the community to join Rotarians to help clean a section of Rt. 13, from the Stewart Park to the Triphammer exits. The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 (Earth Day Weekend) and we will meet at 9:00 am at the Tops Triphammer Road parking lot. We gather as a group, then break into small teams and head out to clean the highway for about 2 hours. All necessary supplies needed for the cleanup will be provided including gloves, hard hats, vests, garbage bags and picker uppers. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. If rain is forecast, we will postpone to another date. This is a fun project and we encourage community volunteers to help us keep the gateway to our community free from trash and looking good. If you can join, please contact Ithaca Rotarian Bob Gravani,

Etna Nature Preserve/Fall Creek Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Freeville

Earth Day Celebration to follow at Hopshire Farm & Brewery, 2-5pm, all are welcome!

The Finger Lakes Land Trust and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network are partnering to clean up trash from along the banks and floodplain of Fall Creek. Please help both organizations to clean up an important waterway and beautify a scenic stretch of road. Cleanup supplies, including pickers, gloves, and trash bags will be provided. A good portion of the road frontage is along a rather busy state highway, but volunteers can stay inside of a guardrail for the vast majority of this stretch of road. Volunteers will be required to wear a Hi-Vis safety vest and signs will be placed along the road to alert drivers. Vests will be provided, but if you have a favorite one, please feel free to bring it. Sturdy hiking boots or sneakers are required. Parking directions and instructions will be shared before the event. This event will be capped at 20 participants, so please only RSVP if you know you can be there. RSVP for this work day by emailing or calling 607-275-9487.

Tru-Uly Earth Care Day & Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Trumansburg

Be sure to stop and say hello to Watershed Network volunteers at our table!
It's happening again! Come for the Trash Pickup, stay for the EVs, no-mow signs, hands-on activities, earth care information, and more. Music, Food & free Coffee! Rain for Shine. Gloves, vests, trash bags, and pickers will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. This is an outside event at the Trumansburg Farmers Market. Event details are posted on Facebook HERE.

Ludlowville Community Cleanup
Saturday, April 20th, 1 - 3 p.m., Ludlowville

Volunteers can meet at the Ludlowville Falls parking lot and work together to clean up Ludlowville Road and the roadside drainages and ditches that lead to Salmon Creek. Cleanup supplies including gloves and pickers will be provided. Everyone is welcome! Wear sturdy shoes. Contact Travis Kitch at for details.

Taughannock Blvd. Annual Cleanup with WSNA
Saturday, April 20, 9 - 11 a.m., Ithaca

Join the West Shore Neighborhood Association for fun and frolic during their Annual Trash Pickup along Taughannock Blvd! Meet at the Hangar Theater Parking Lot before spreading out along the route between Cass Park and just past the Glenwood Pines. Please RSVP to

Mynderse Academy Seneca Green Club Earth Day Community Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Seneca Falls

Meet at the Mynderse Academy, 105 Troy St. in Seneca Falls to pickup litter around the community! Gloves and bags will be provided. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Brab Reese Barb Reese

Cayuga Lake Waterfront Trail Cleanup with Greenstar
Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m., Ithaca

Join the Greenstar Co-up on Sunday, April 21 at 10:00 AM at 770 Cascadilla St. for a morning of outdoor spring cleaning and planting! We'll focus on our co-op's grounds and GreenStar's adopted section of the Cayuga Lake Waterfront Trail (towards the old store) to help make our watershed a little healthier and our Co-op environment a little lovelier. Dress for the weather, wear boots, and bring garden gloves, litter grabbers, shovels or clippers if you have them, or anything else that will help! Contact for more information, or sign up here!

Aurora Shoreline Earth Day Cleanup
Monday, April 22, 10 a.m., Aurora

In observance of Earth Day, The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cayuga Climate Action and Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting in Aurora NY are once again encouraging everyone to get outdoors and help clean up our shorelines. We will meet at the junction of Poplar Ridge Road and Route 90, Aurora. We would like to cover the area from Paines Creek northward to the Wells College boathouse. Bring your own gloves if you would like, safety vests, disposable gloves, and trash bags will be provided. Wear suitable shoes if the ground is wet. Contact David Eckhardt with any questions by email or mobile 315-224-2551.

Newfield Greenup Day 2024
Saturday, April 27, registration 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Newfield
Rain date: Saturday, May 11

The registration table will be set up in front of the Newfield Town Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 27th. At the registration table each person/group will register what strip of road they are covering, get a handout for guidelines, get black bags for trash and white bags for recycling, and borrow grabbers and any other equipment as available from the Cayuga Watershed Network. All borrowed equipment is to be returned to a bin in front of the Newfield Town Hall by the end of the day on Saturday, April 27th. This is so that the Cayuga Watershed Network can retrieve the equipment and make it available for other future cleanup events. All bags of trash and recycling will be left at/near the nearest intersection to the strip of road that each individual/group is registered at. Then the registry of the roads that we cover will be given to the Newfield Highway Department and they will pick up all of the Newfield Greenup Day bags on the following Monday, April 29th and deliver all that is collected to the Tompkins County Waste & Recycling Center. It is very important to register what road area that you are covering so that the Newfield Highway Department knows where to pick up what we collect. Any questions can be directed to Newfield Greenup Day Organizer, Mitch Raymond, at


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