What is this Initiative

The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090 service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Erie to a multi-district plan to focus Rotarians’ attention to all 5 of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them.

The goal of this initiative is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned and coinciding with Earth Day 2022 on the Great Lakes Watershed.

Who we are

Two of the Rotary Clubs situated in West Niagara are coming together with several community organizations, Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln municipalities, Niagara Region and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and organizing a clean up event focusing on the Lake Ontario watershed.

The Great Lakes contain almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet.  It borders 8 states and 2 provinces and has 9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline.  So far 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands of Rotary volunteers have agreed to participate.  We will be joining over one billion people worldwide working on projects together in their communities on Earth Day.


• Improve the aesthetics of the Great Lakes by removing garbage from public areas and roadsides.
• Reduce the amount of plastic and litter on our lands and in our waterways.
• Remove waste that could potentially be ingested by pets and other wildlife.
• Provide an opportunity for public participation in collaborative activities.
• Educate the public about the effects of littering, the importance of recycling, and to instill a sense of
• Collect and report back to organizers cleanup metrics to track the impacts of all the cleanups.

Special thanks

An initiative such as this takes a lot of planning, organization and logistics to bring it all together.

We want to thank in particular Frank Adamson, who was the Rotary District 7090 Governor in 2020/21, for inspiring this effort.

The steering committee members include:

Elizabeth Fisk
Sue Foster
James Howden
Phil Goodwin
Joan Whitson

Website design: Sue and Rob Foster