Tonawanda News — "It's a way for all of us to give back not only to the community but to help take care of of the earth and pass it on to the next generation," Davis said.
While the importance of the waterfront to both communities is evident, the economic impact of the canal has been estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
North Tonawanda has seen an uptick in boating numbers in recent years, which in turn influences the impact of areas like Webster Street. Smolinski said in past years, the volunteer corps combs the shoreline with garbage bags picking up litter, but the majority of their efforts come from Mother Nature.
"I'd say 95 percent of it is stuff that washes up from the river and the creeks," he said.
Both cities will meet with volunteers at 9 a.m. on April 26. North Tonawanda residents will congregate at Mayors Park, while the City of Tonawanda will start the clean-up at Gateway Harbor. Interested volunteers need not register in advance, only show up at the at 9 a.m. at the meeting points in the respective cities.