Join us for the
25th Annual
Source to Sea Cleanup

September 24 – 26, 2021

Get dirty for cleaner rivers!

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Whether you are an individual, manufacturer, business, or government, we all have a responsibility to solve the trash problem affecting our rivers. To help do our part, the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) hosts the Source to Sea Cleanup, a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system in NH, VT, MA, and CT. Join us in our vital work for cleaner rivers!

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

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

Covid Safety

We are committed to keeping volunteers safe. All Cleanup groups should follow the latest local, state, and CDC guidelines.

If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

Submit Trash Tally

Submitting a tally of the trash you find is one of the most important parts of the Source to Sea Cleanup. Your data helps show the scope of the trash problem so we can focus solutions where they’re needed most.

Submit your Trash Tally within 1 week of your CleanupUse either the CleanSwell app or enter data in our online form. 

Submitting trash tallies is so important to CRC’s work that we’re giving a prize to the first 25 groups that submit! Be among the first submitters to get your very own CRC Source to Sea Cleanup tote bag. Limited edition!

SUBMIT TRASH TALLY

Climate-Friendly Cleanup

We encourage all of our Source to Sea volunteers to consider limiting the transportation footprint of their cleanup and taking other steps for a climate-friendly cleanup!

Get tips for a Climate-Friendly cleanup.

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How To Get Involved

Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities come together to do their part and spend a few hours making the water cleaner, the river banks safer, and the wildlife happier. The first step for all volunteers is to complete our registration form and waiver.

Register for Source to Sea Cleanup

Once you have completed the registration and waiver, you will receive an email with additional instructions for site selection. There are a few different ways to get involved:

Group Leaders

Group leaders serve a critical role in our annual Cleanup. With the support of our team, they:

  • Identify a cleanup site on our Adopt a Site Map or choose your own site in your area
  • Recruit, register, and organize volunteers — you can choose to keep your group private (just family and friends) or public (open to the wider community)
  • Prepare DIY cleaning supplies or order items from us
  • Oversee the tracking of all trash collected using our Trash Tally form or the CleanSwell app
  • Make a plan for trash and recycling disposal
  • Host a post-cleanup celebration with your team (optional)

Group Volunteers

If you’re most excited about cleaning, but less interested in organizing the details, you can join us as a Group Volunteer.

  • Visit the Registered Groups map and sign up with a group you know or find a group accepting volunteers
  • Stay in touch with your Group Leader to find out when/where to arrive and what to bring
  • Assist with Trash Tally and help your Group Leader dispose of all trash and recycling

Other Ways to Get Involved

Even if you’re not available during the Cleanup weekend, there are lots of ways to provide support:

JOIN THE CLEANUP

For more information about the Cleanup, contact Stacey Lennard, Cleanup Coordinator, at cleanup@ctriver.org or 413-772-2020 x211.

Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!

CRC’s Source to Sea Cleanup has teamed up with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup and American Rivers National River Cleanup, for cleaner waterways around the U.S. and the world.