Rochester community cleans the Erie Canal Trail

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PERINTON, N.Y., and PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local community groups and students showed their environmental concern with some springtime sprucing up along the Erie Canal Trail on Sunday.

Students from Pittsford Mendon High School and Pittsford Sutherland High School combed the area starting from Schoen Place along the Erie Canal path.

Pat Mallery, an advisor for the Pittsford Rotary Interact Club said, "We’ll have a group of interact club members from the Pittsford High School, Pittsford Mendon, and Pittsford Sutherland here with us today and we’ll be cleaning the canal path picking up debris and bottles and paper and whatever people have dropped from here into Schoen place today."

The students cleared out accumulated wintertime debris and trash along the canal.

Meanwhile, volunteers cleared the pathway at Route 31f in Perinton near the village of Fairport.

Elizabeth Agte, a Fairport resident said, "Because the canal is so well-loved, we took a walk down there the other day just to scope it out and see what it was going to look like. There’s really not that much garbage because people really do care about this resource that we have.

The 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep started on Earth Day, April 22.