4th Annual

Black River Clean-Up

Lorain, OH

May 7 & 8, 2016


We are thrilled to say that FIRST STUDENT has joined forces with the Black River Cleanup this year and will be providing transportation for our volunteers heading to the Cromwell Park cleanup site. FIRST STUDENT continues to show its growing and ongoing commitment to not only our community's students and their safe and efficient transport, but to the betterment of the community itself. Thank you FIRST STUDENT for stepping forward as a leader in the city of Lorain!


The Lorain County Metro Parks not only meet the high standards of their own stated mission: The Lorain County Metropolitan Park District was established for the responsible use, enjoyment, and accessibility of every citizen of Lorain County.

The Park District acquires land to promote and demonstrate the wise use of our natural resources.

The Park District strives to preserve and create a diversity of ecosystems while providing educational and recreational opportunities which are compatible with and promote conservation of these resources.

They, as we all know, do so, so much more. A true jewel of our county, The Lorain County Metro Parks are an invaluable asset to our community and our environment. We are proud to not only call them partners in the Black River Clean Up efforts, we are proud to call them dear friends! Thank you for all that you do LCMP!!!

CLICK HERE to Register for Saturday, May 7th. No, You don't HAVE to signup early, but it sure does help plan for supplies, food & H2O! Thanks!!

Saturday, May 7
9am - 2pm

Wear Hiking Shoes
Dress For The Weather
*Don't forget the sunscreen!


Bring Your Kayak
Rent a Kayak On-site

Want to donate, volunteer, or need more info?? Email us...


420 Volunteers

546 Tires totaling 11.17 TONS

13.75 TONS trash & debris

1,060+ lbs. Scrap Metal

=  >25.42 TONS 

removed from the Black River, her banks & adjacent land.

2014 had 283 volunteers 

Taking Back The Black.

Families, friends, youth groups & strangers, 

even a displaced city resident,

joined forces and worked together. 

Along with very generous donations, 

including a backhoe & bobcat, they managed to gather ...


19.29 Tons trash

 + 660#s Scrap Metal


+ 125 Tires 

+ one 7.5' heavy equip. tire

for a Grand Total of:


21.995 TONS debris removed.

All in  less than 10 hours over 2 days.

AmaZinG what happens when great people come together for great things!

We are unstoppable!! 

....... for anyone keeping track -- 

that's 28.5 TONS in 2 years.

Thank you to everyone who helped in even the smallest way - every penny, pair of gloves or trash bag adds up and helps! 

We appreciate all of you!!!

Want to help NOW?
Donate HERE!!

We are a tax deductible 501(c)3.

BRCU is a cooperative initiative between LoCo 'Yaks and our generous sponsors:

A David Anthony Salon

Lorain Port Authority

City of Lorain

Republic Services

American Canoe Association


Jackalope Lakeside

Firestone/Bridgestone Corporation

Great Lakes Kayaking

West River Paddlesports

Coldwater Consulting

FireFish Arts

Henceroth Construction

Sunrise Construction

Lorain Lighthouse Foundation

Lorain County Community Development

Black River AOC Committee

Spaulding Home Solutions

Leinenkugel's Canoes For A Cause

Muzik Bros. Auto Care

Calypso Pictures

Backpackers Shop

Home Depot


Lorain 365

Vasu Communications

Sierra Club