In preparation for the 187th navigation season of the New York State Canal System and to mark Earth Day 2011, the New York State Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, announced it is seeking volunteers for the sixth annual "Canal Clean Sweep" scheduled for April 15 through 17.

In preparation for the 187th navigation season of the New York State Canal System and to mark Earth Day 2011, the New York State Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, announced it is seeking volunteers for the sixth annual "Canal Clean Sweep" scheduled for April 15 through 17.

The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the canal system as a major recreational and tourism destination in New York state by encouraging communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to engage in clean-up and beautification activities on Canal lands and along the Canalway Trail.

Last year, more than 90 groups participated in the Canal Clean Sweep weekend.

The Canal Corporation will provide large bags and trash pickup at each of the events. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and supplies, and to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

For more information, or to help coordinate an event in your community, contact Wally Elton of Parks and Trails New York at (518) 434-1583 or email canalsweep @ptny.org. To register events online, visit Parks and Trails New York's website at www.ptny.org.