Does your town have a dirty litter secret?
Have you walked along a river or stream bank recently and found discarded cans and plastic bottles, fast food containers or other trash spoiling a beautiful natural place? If so, you can do something about it.
In the last few years, several cases of on-going pollution have been stopped thanks to reports from concerned residents of the watershed. And some decades-old violations have been brought to the attention of local authorities. These before and after photos tell a success story from 2010 when a concerned citizen reported this riverbank tire dump to us. We alerted Mass DEP, whose intervention resulted in the landowner restoring the river bank.
If you are uncertain about whether the trash site is in the watershed, take a look at this map.
While we cannot clean up trash sites ourselves, we will inform local volunteer groups about sites, and will inform Source to Sea Cleanup groups in the area about the trash. By helping us to identify sites early, you have taken a really important step toward an organized, dynamic and rewarding Cleanup.
If you have a photo of the site, you may email it to us as an attachment.
The Connecticut River Watershed Council appreciates you taking the time to report a site in need of help.
The US Environmental Protection Agency also has a webpage "Report an Environmental Violation" to report what appears to you as a possible violation of environmental laws and regulations. Information you submit will be forwarded to EPA environmental enforcement personnel or to the appropriate regulatory authority. ____________
Photo credits (above): Richard Shephard, CRWC Staff
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: Elisabeth Cianciola, John Stack, Kyla Bennett, CRWC Staff.