What It’s All About
CRWC’s 20th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be on September 23 & 24, 2016.
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.
What’s been accomplished in 20 years of cleaning our rivers? Check out this infographic for a fun overview.
Hard Work, Real Fun, True Impact
In 2015, more than 2,300 volunteers pulled over 50 tons of trash from over 169 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 2015 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 wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl Scout 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.
PHOTO CONTEST IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! Grab your camera and submit your best cleanup photos in our photo contest. You could win some great prizes! Click here to learn more.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS! CRWC is hosting two after-parties. All Cleanup participants are welcome to join us for refreshments and give-aways. Beer provided by Cleanup sponsor Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co.
Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill – 9/24, 11:30am-2pm, 222 Main St., Wethersfield, CT
Green River Swimming Area – 9/24, 12-3pm, Nash’s Mill Rd., Greenfield, MA
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 Alicea Charamut at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!