CT DEEP cleanup 2013

first time in a canoe Violetta McClellan from the Phillipnes, photo by Steve Aikenhead Connecticut River near Weathersfield Bow, VT crop-w


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  • River Herring in your Backyard – Be a Citizen Scientist: CRWC is spearheading a citizen science program to learn more about river herring populations in the lower river and we need your help!  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Source to Sea Cleanup: The Source to Sea Cleanup is a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT). Each fall, volunteer group leaders coordinate local cleanup sites where thousands of participants of all ages and abilities spend a few hours picking up trash. CLICK HERE for more information. Questions? Contact us at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057.
  • Water Quality Monitoring: A collaborative of many different groups monitor E. coli bacteria at many locations throughout the watershed from April through October. E. coli bacteria is an “indicator” in the water for human pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and other diseases) that might make people sick if they use the water for swimming or boating. Volunteers collect water samples, typically each week, and deliver the samples to CRWC’s lab or a central drop-off location. CLICK HERE for more information. Questions? Contact Andrea Donlon at adonlon@ctriver.org or 413-772-2020 ext 205.
  • Eyes & Ears: It is a really big watershed – 11,000 square miles big. And CRWC staff cannot be in all places at all times to know when something has gone wrong. So we count on you as local volunteers to be additional EYES & EARS of the Council. The Eyes & Ears Network are volunteers throughout the watershed who are active on the river as anglers, boaters, bird watchers, hikers and other river users. CLICK HERE for more information. Questions? Contact the CRWC River Steward who lives near you.
  • Stopping an Invasive Species–Water Chestnut: Trapa Natans, commonly known as the Water Chestnut is an invasive species that clogs up waterways. Reproducing quickly and covering more of the water surface with the symmetrical rosettes, the water chestnut impairs recreation and damages other life in the CT River Watershed. To learn more about the Water Chestnut and how you can help CLICK HERE!


VOLUNTEER FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • I can’t volunteer right now. Is there still a way for me to make a difference? Yes. Our everyday activities can really add up. Everything we do in our watershed affects the health of our local water bodies. Here are some things you can do to help keep our rivers clean and healthy.
  • When are volunteer opportunities available? Volunteer opportunities with the Connecticut River Watershed Council are always changing. Spring, summer and fall tend to be times when we’re more active outdoors and could use volunteer help. But contact us any time to see if there are projects (indoors or out) that could use a pair of helping hands. We’re always happy to hear from you!
  • Who do I contact to volunteer? Contacting your local river steward to see what they are working on and may need help with is a good first step. You can also contact our main office in Greenfield, MA.
  • How much time do I need to commit? A few hours, a few days, a few months, a few years… Different volunteer opportunities require different amounts of time. We will do our best to work with you and whatever amount of time you have available to help our rivers.
  • Is training required to volunteer with CRWC? Some volunteer opportunities may require training. Information about training will be provided to you as needed. You will also receive a volunteer handbook when you start volunteering with us. It provides CRWC history and other useful information.
  • Who volunteers at CRWC? From a cub scout pack picking up trash for the Source to Sea Cleanup to retired volunteers collecting water samples. We work with people of all ages and abilities. We will do our best to work with your skills and abilities.
  • What are the benefits of volunteering with CRWC? Because it feels good! You are putting your skills to work for a local nonprofit organization and, more importantly, for our rivers. You are making your community a better place. AND you are learning new skills and gaining experience that is a great addition to your resume.