24th Annual
Source to Sea Cleanup

September 1 – 30, 2020

Get dirty for cleaner rivers!

Lead Sponsors:

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How To Get Involved

Sign Up to Clean Up

Participate as an individual, family group, or small non-family group.

SIGN UP

Tips & Resources

Everything you need to know about how & where to run a cleanup.

GET TIPS

Stop Trash Before It Starts

Sick & tired of trashed rivers? Take action to help put an end to trash.

TAKE ACTION

Report a Trash Site

Know an area that needs trash clean up? Tell us where.

REPORT TRASH

Be a River Witness

Get creative and speak up for your rivers.

River Witness

What is the Source to Sea Cleanup?

Hard Work, Real Fun, True Impact

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River and tributaries across the four-state watershed — NH, VT, MA, & CT. Thousands of volunteers like YOU help make the water cleaner, river banks safer and wildlife happier. This 4-state community event is possible thanks to the generous help of volunteers, sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities and community members. Thank you!

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.

What’s New This Year?

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: 

  • Cleanup Month – This year, the Source to Sea Cleanup has been expanded to the entire month of September. Participants can clean up any time during September to ensure safe physical distancing from others.
  • This year, the Source to Sea Cleanup will have smaller group sizes. Rather than finding a group near you to join, please create your own group and clean up only with people you already know. You can register as an individual, family/household group, or a small non-family group.
  • Due to limited capacity this year, we encourage individuals and small groups (5 or fewer) to consider a DIY approach and gather supplies from around your home. If you need to order supplies from CRC, first complete your registration form to receive a link to the supply order form. Please fill out the supply order form at least 2 weeks before your cleanup date.
  • We ask all participants to wear proper personal protective equipment, including gloves and a mask, practice safe physical distancing, and follow mandates provided by state and U.S. health agencies.
  • Read CRC’s detailed safety guidelines for more ways to keep yourself safe.

Clean Swell Trash App

  • NEW! This year, CRC is using a fun and user-friendly trash tally app (we’ll still have the paper option for folks who prefer).
  • More info about how to use the app is available on our Tips & Resources page.

River Witness

  • #RiverWitness is a new campaign that brings us together in taking action for and showing appreciation of our rivers, despite the need to be physically distant this year. It’s an opportunity for you to get creative and engage online by sharing your photos, videos, and stories of what you witness when you visit or connect with your rivers. Your images will be added to a beautiful mosaic showing our community of river witnesses.
  • As a #RiverWitness, you can help keep the rivers clean and lend your voice to the important advocacy work across the four Connecticut River states. Learn how you can get involved!

Source to Sea Cleanup Shindig

  • Join us for our first-ever online after-party — one culminating watershed-wide Cleanup Shindig (on Zoom).
  • Connect with others who got dirty for cleaner rivers across the four Connecticut River states.
  • Be the first to see a video of the completed River Witness mosaic. You can add your images to the mosaic!
  • Enjoy a photo slideshow, videos, awards and more! We’ll celebrate all that we’ve collectively accomplished – together yet apart.
  • Details coming soon.

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.