The 24th annual Source to Sea Cleanup during the entire month of September 2020 was a wonderful success!
The first-ever month-long Source to Sea Cleanup continued the tradition of cleaning up rivers despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of volunteers with masks, work gloves, and trash bags gathered in small groups across all four Connecticut River states. Groups covered nearly the entire length of the Connecticut River from Stratford, NH near the Canadian border all the way to Old Saybrook, CT near Long Island Sound, and included many tributaries along the way.
Your hard work removes some amazing junk from our rivers. Plastic (bottles, bags, styrofoam) 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. 2020 results are still being tallied and will be published soon in the 2020 Cleanup Chronicle newsletter. In the meantime, you can read about all the wonderful accomplishments, the list of groups that participated, the tally of trash pulled from the river, and unusual items found in the 2019 Cleanup Chronicle.
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. THANK YOU!