What It’s All About

CRWC’s 18th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup is scheduled for September 26 & 27, 2014.

We hope you’ll join us!

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system Рrivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of Source to Sea logovolunteers 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.

In 2013, more than 2,200 volunteers pulled over 45 tons of trash from over 138 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 all trash pulled from the river.

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.

How to get involved

Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup will make an immediate impact on the health and beauty of your community. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Here’s how:

  • Join a Group: Find a group near you accepting cleanup volunteers and spend a few hours picking up trash.
  • Lead a Group: Start a cleanup group in your town. Find a site in need of cleaning, organize volunteers and removal of trash. Here are tips on how to lead a successful cleanup.
  • Cleanup Volunteer: Help hang posters, pack cleanup supplies, or report a trash site in need of cleaning.
  • Cleanup Sponsor: Support the cleanup with a donation of funds, goods or services.

NEW THIS YEAR! You can use some of the trash you find during the cleanup to create trash art that may be displayed in the Great Falls Discovery Center gallery in Turners Falls, MA. You can also submit your best cleanup photos in our photo contest. Click here to learn more.

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 cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!

Lead Sponsors


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Click here to see all Source to Sea Cleanup sponsors