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Published on March 24th, 2019 | by GrowWNYAdmin


15th Annual Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup

Author: David Snyder

The 2019 Allegheny Reservoir Clean-up will take place on Saturday, May 11th 2019 at Cattaraugus County’s Onoville Marina. This will be the 15th year for the Reservoir Clean-up!

The annual cleanup continues to be a cooperative effort involving the US Forest Service (USFS), US Army Corps of Engineers, Warren County Adult Probation and Parole, and numerous other agencies, organizations, and businesses.

The last several years, we’ve been joined by the Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus County’s Onoville Marina, who served as hosts for the activities and played key roles in making the event the smashing success that it was.

Registration is required (well, okay, highly recommended!) and can be done online at Just follow the steps at the website.

Since 2008, more than 3000 volunteers have donated almost 24,000 hours and have removed almost 475 cubic yards of trash from the watershed. They have pulled out television sets; microwave ovens; lawn chairs; refrigerators; 55-gallon drums; more than 1,650 tires and have filled many bags of recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.

Last year (2018) was the fifth year that the Reservoir Clean-up crossed north into New York State and it’s very apparent that our efforts are really beginning to show. Having said that, 2018 was not a banner year for Clean-up! To say it rained a little may be an understatement! The rain was amazing, thunder was awesome and the lightning was a thing to behold! We weren’t on the water for very long but, 78 volunteers and employees managed to collect more than 8 cubic yards of trash and 20 tires.

We find ALL kinds of things in the Allegheny Reservoir! Come join us!

The positive effects of the annual Reservoir Clean-up are very apparent. As a result of this annual “community conservation event” the shorelines and waters of the Allegheny Reservoir are much safer and cleaner places for the wildlife and recreationalists who use them.

You can learn more as well as sign up by visiting

Hope we’ll see you out there!

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