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22nd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup

September 28 & 29, 2018

Help Stop Trash Before It Starts

Tell legislators and corporate decision-makers that we’re sick and tired of trashed rivers! It’s time they do their part to stop trash, especially plastic and tires.

Sign The Petition

Show just how bad the trash problem is. Submit your Cleanup photos to CRC’s contest (NOW OPEN) and they’ll also be used to send a powerful message.

Submit Photos

Join us for Trash Talk events after the Cleanup to learn more about what you can do in your state to put an end to trash, especially plastic and tires.

Attend Trash Talk Event

Help us prove tire dumping is not just an ‘old’ problem. Decode the manufacturing date of tires your find. Watch this video to learn how. Then report your data to us.

How to Age a Tire
The Source to Sea Cleanup In 3 Minutes
2017 Cleanup Champion for Most River Miles Cleaned

How To Get Involved

Join A Group

Find a group near you accepting cleanup volunteers and spend a few hours picking up trash. Map updated weekly as new groups register. Check back often!

Register A Group

Organize 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.

Report Trash Site

Report a trash site in need of cleaning or volunteer to help hang posters, pack cleanup supplies, and more.

Submit Trash Tally

After your cleanup, report the amount of and types of trash you found. Collecting trash data over time helps advocate for laws to keep trash out of rivers.

It’s All About Hard Work, Real Fun, True Impact

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams, 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.

In 2017, more than 2,500 volunteers pulled over 46 tons of trash from over 249 miles of river banks and waterways. Read more about the 2017 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 YOU and 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!

PHOTO CONTEST IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! Grab your camera and snap pictures of the trash you find, especially tires and plastic bottles, bags, styrofoam, etc. Enter them in our photo contest and your photos will become powerful advocacy tools in the fight to stop trash before it starts. And you could win some great prizes too!

Photo Contest

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JOIN US TO CELEBRATE YOUR HARD WORK! CRC invites all Cleanup volunteers to join us at one of these after-parties.

  • Green River Recreation Area: 12-3pm, Nash’s Mill Rd, Greenfield, MA. Local food & soft drinks. Samples of our Source to Sea Pale Ale brewed and donated by the People’s Pint. Live music by The Equalites. Awards for Dirtiest Kid & Most Unusual Trash Collected!
  • Harpoon Brewery: 4-6pm, 336 Ruth Carney Dr, Windsor, VT. Join us for refreshments and fun!

Lead Sponsor

See all 2018 Source to Sea Cleanup sponsors

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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 Stacey Lennard, Cleanup Coordinator, at cleanup@ctriver.org or 413-772-2020 x211. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!