SAVE THE DATE for CRWC’s 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on September 26 & 27, 2014.

Thanks to everyone who got their hands dirty for cleaner rivers!

What is the Source to Sea Cleanup?

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. Volunteer group leaders coordinate specific cleanup sites where individuals and groups spend a few hours picking up trash. People across the watershed also help out by reporting sites in need of cleaning.

Hard work, real fun, true impact

In 2013, over 2,200 volunteers pulled over 45 tons of trash from over 135 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. Read about the 2013 event in the Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of trash pulled from the river. We hope you’ll enjoy this year’s expanded Cleanup Chronicle with even more group photos and stories, as well as projects and tips to make your cleanup even better next year.

The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and the wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities, and community members who make the event possible.

Below are just a few photos and videos from the 2013 Source to Sea Cleanup. Hover over the photos for more information.


How to get involved

It’s never too early to start planning for the 2014 Source to Sea Cleanup and sharing your plans with us. There are a variety of ways you can be involved in the event; take a look at the typical roles below. More information will be available when registration opens in late-spring 2014, but please feel free to be in touch with any questions or to discuss your 2014 Cleanup plans. We love to hear from you! Contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at or 860-704-0057.

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  • Group Leaders find sites in your area that need cleaning, recruit and organize local volunteers for your site, and arrange trash pickup for your site. Group leaders are responsible for registering your group for the Source to Sea Cleanup, gathering signed waivers for all volunteers and tracking the trash you collect. You don’t have to do it alone, but your leadership is invaluable.
  • Participants join a local Source to Sea Cleanup group in their region. Once registration opens in late-spring, a map and list of registered groups will be posted here to help you find a cleanup near you. You can help your local cleanup group in a variety of ways. There is a role for all. Come out for the day to help your river!
  • Volunteers are needed to help out leading up to the event. You can help us pack and/or deliver supplies to local groups, scout for cleanup sites and more. Ask us about how you can help.
  • Explorers who notice sites in need of cleaning can report potential trash sites to us.
  • Sponsors offer critical support to the Source to Sea Cleanup. To learn more about how to become a Cleanup sponsor, contact Dana Gillette at 413-772-2020 x202.


Do you know of an area that could use the help of Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers to cleanup some trash? Report the site to us.

Are you interested in educational resources to connect your students to the Source to Sea cleanup? Check out the video, book and poems created by K-6 students as part of the River of Words program to inspire their peers and engage their communities in the annual cleanup.

For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!


2013 Lead Sponsors


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See all 2013 Source to Sea sponsors.