26th Annual
Source to Sea Cleanup

September 23 – 24, 2022

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 the 25th annual Source to Sea Cleanup in the 2021 Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river.

Speak Up for Cleaner Rivers

Stay involved in Trash policy work year-round. Visit our Take Action page to learn what you can do.

Watch a recording of our fall 2021 Trash Talks:

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Enjoy Photos from Cleanup 2021 – our 25th year!

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DIY Cleanups

Going out another time of year? We encourage volunteers to read through our Cleanup pages for tips and best practices.

For your safety: Keep in mind that water temperatures and currents are cold and fast in the spring. Please plan accordingly.

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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.

Save the dates: 9/23-9/24, 2022

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:

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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.