Source to Sea Cleanup
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Photos by Cleanup Participants in 2012
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The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the vast Connecticut River system. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.
They work hard. In 2012, over 2,000 volunteers pulled over 99 tons of trash from over 91 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.
The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and the fish 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. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event.
Flowing from the base of Canada through New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound, the mighty Connecticut River contributes over 70% of the freshwater entering Long Island Sound. Inland debris can range from scattered litter and bottles to large trash items, and we want to remove it all before it becomes coastal litter. Our rivers face a number of challenges and by helping to remove trash, you will be preventing injury to wildlife, stopping pollution from entering rivers and streams and helping to maintain a clean environment where people want to come and enjoy the river.
You can make a difference.
Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council's annual Source to Sea Cleanup, either as a sponsor, a group leader, or participant will make an immediate impact on the health, beauty and vibrancy of your community. Volunteers are needed before the event to scout sites and prepare for the Cleanup.
Thank you for your interest in helping to protect the Connecticut River watershed.
For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at email@example.com
Read about the 2012 event in the Cleanup Chronicle (PDF .5MB), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river.
Photo credit (above): Steve Aikenhead, Alan Morgan
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: Elisabeth Cianciola, John Stack, Kyla Bennett, CRWC Staff.