The 21st annual Source to Sea Cleanup on September 22 & 23, 2017 was a wonderful success!
More than 2,500 volunteers in more than 170 cleanup groups joined the 21st annual Source to Sea Cleanup. These groups spanned nearly the entire length of the Connecticut River from near the Canadian border down to the mouth of the river in Old Lyme, CT and included many tributaries along the way.
Your hard work removes some amazing junk from our rivers. Beverage containers 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. You can read about all the wonderful accomplishments in the 2017 Cleanup Chronicle, including the list of groups that participated, the tally of trash pulled from the river, and unsual items found.
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.