Project Overview

The Great River Cleanup is a collaborative effort between the River Institute, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Ocean Wise, the Great River Network, and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission to remove debris from 40 kilometres of shoreline and waterfront of Akwesasne. The partnership is focused to divert waste from the sensitive ecosystem of the St. Lawrence River and protect our natural environment.  

The cleanup aims to engage communities:

  • ecological stewardship
  • strengthen local and regional community conservation networks
  • contribute to the restoration and revitalization of local Upper St. Lawrence River environments.

Community Involvement

This initiative is built on the successes of previous Great River Cleanups, which have removed over 40 metric tones of debris from the St. Lawrence River in Akwesasne, Cornwall, and Lancaster, Ontario. 

St. Lawrence Parks Commission is committed to continuing our efforts to safeguard the environment, and would like to extend its appreciation to all the volunteers, community members, and organizations who played a part in making this event possible. The dedication and hard work of all involved has been an inspiration.


On May 4, 2023, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission staff and community partners joined forces at Mille Roches Beach to make a difference in the Great River Cleanup initiative. Together, we worked hard to clear debris and garbage from Long Sault Parkway's shorelines.