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22nd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup

September 28 & 29, 2018

2017 Cleanup Champion for Most River Miles Cleaned

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!

Help Stop Trash Before It Starts

  • We need your help to tell legislators and corporate decision-makers that we’re sick of trash in our rivers.

  • Register a Source to Sea Cleanup group to get a welcome packet with information on how you and your group can get involved.
  • You can take and share photos of the trash you find and sign a petition to add your voice to CRC’s advocacy work.
  • Plan to 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.

More details coming soon!

The Source to Sea Cleanup In 3 Minutes

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.

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! CRC will again host an after-party. More details coming soon.

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!