25th Annual Cleanup!
September 24-26, 2021

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The 24th annual Source to Sea Cleanup during the entire month of September 2020 was a wonderful success!

The first-ever month-long Source to Sea Cleanup continued the tradition of cleaning up rivers despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of volunteers with masks, work gloves, and trash bags gathered in small groups across all four Connecticut River states. Groups covered nearly the entire length of the Connecticut River from Stratford, NH near the Canadian border all the way to Old Saybrook, CT near Long Island Sound, and included many tributaries along the way.

Your hard work removes some amazing junk from our rivers. Plastic (bottles, bags, styrofoam) and tires are always the most commonly found items. Yet, volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to mattresses, televisions and refrigerators. 2020 results have now been tallied and ready for view.  You can read about all the wonderful accomplishments, the list of groups that participated, the tally of trash pulled from the river, and unusual items found in the 2020 Cleanup Chronicle.

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 Scout and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities, and community members who make the event possible. THANK YOU!

How To Get Involved

It’s never too early to start planning for the 25th annual Source to Sea Cleanup in 2021 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 2021, but please feel free to be in touch with any questions or to discuss your 2021 Cleanup plans. We love to hear from you! Contact us at cleanup@ctriver.org or 413-772-2020 x211.

  • Trash Scout – Do you know of an area that could use the help of Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers to clean up some trash? Report the site to us.
  • 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 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.
  • Sponsors offer critical support to the Source to Sea Cleanup. To learn more about how to become a Cleanup sponsor, contact us at 413-772-2020 x202.
  • Educators – Connect your students to the Source to Sea cleanup. Register a cleanup group (registration opens in late-spring 2020). 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.

Interested in leading a Cleanup group during another time of year?

Contact Stacey, Source to Sea Cleanup Coordinator, cleanup@ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 x211.

What is the Source to Sea Cleanup?

The Source to Sea Cleanup is a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system in NH, VT, MA, and CT – rivers & streams, shorelines, parks, boat launches, trails and more. 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. We all have a responsibility to solve this trash problem – individuals, manufacturers, businesses, and government. By participating in the Source to Sea Cleanup, you are part of the solution for cleaner rivers.

Watch this short video (3:20) to learn more about the Source to Sea Cleanup!

Read about this year’s event in the 2020 Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river.

CRC uses trash data collected during the cleanup to support legislation and other efforts of keeping trash out of our rivers. Learn more about how you can join us in calling on leaders and decision-makers to do their part to ‘Stop Trash Before It Starts.’

Sign up for CRC’s e-news to receive news about the Cleanup and other ways you can help protect your river.

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