Canal Clean-Up

Canal Clean-Up is an Earth Week volunteer event organized in partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Every year since 2000, over 200 volunteers come annually to walk along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal and pick up hundreds of pounds of trash.

The Cape Cod Canal is the widest sea-level canal in the world! It is 480 feet wide and cuts through about 7 miles of land, and makes Cape Cod technically an island. It is maintained and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many people walk, bike, and fish along the Canal’s service roads and shores, and it provides many recreation opportunities for the Upper Cape community.

Canal Clean-Up is a great opportunity to serve the community, but it’s also a lot of fun!  Past events have featured live music, environmental education booths, face painting, tie-dyeing, and refreshments for volunteers.

The Bourne Bridge running over the Cape Cod Canal Canal Clean-Up The Bourne Bridge running over the Cape Cod Canal
Canal Clean-Up
Volunteers walked along the Canal and collected litter Canal Clean-Up Volunteers walked along the Canal and collected litter
AmeriCorps members made educational booths about marine debris and recycling Canal Clean-Up AmeriCorps members made educational booths about marine debris and recycling
Red Cross volunteers provided food and drinks for those cleaning the canal Canal Clean-Up Red Cross volunteers provided food and drinks for those cleaning the canal
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