Be a #RiverWitness

Protect & Connect

Example of a #RiverWitness social media post. Join CRC as a #RiverWitness by sharing your own social media post & tag CRC!

#RiverWitness is your way to protect and connect with your rivers. #RiverWitness brings us together, despite the need to be physically distant this year, in taking action for and showing appreciation of our rivers. 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. What are you seeing? How does it make you feel? Your images will be added to a beautiful mosaic showing our community of river witnesses (see below).

Show the dirty truth of trash in our rivers and the need for trash solutions. Help show the problem to help solve the problem. This year, the Source to Sea Cleanup will take place throughout the month of September. Use the #RiverWitness hashtag when you post on social media about helping clean up trash in and along your rivers. Share your #RiverWitness posts during the Source to Sea Cleanup month (September) or any time of year. You can use the #RiverWitness hashtag even if you aren’t right by the river, because no matter where you clean up trash, you are helping to keep our rivers clean. Not on social media? No problem. Submit your images below. Not sure where to clean up? Check out this map of trashy sites in need of adoption

Your #RiverWitness posts will be shared by Connecticut River Conservancy to a wider river community. Select images will be used to call on decision-makers to enact trash solutions to keep trash out of our rivers. Show them this is important to you. Speak up for your rivers.

Your rivers need you and your voice makes a difference.

How does it work?

There are no limits on the ways you can be a #RiverWitness. Get creative! Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Get outside and connect with your rivers (or other outdoor spaces)! Take a photo or a video about your time at the river, either enjoying the river or cleaning up trash. Post on social media – use the hashtag #RiverWitness and tag the Connecticut River Conservancy. Let us know where you are, what brings you to the river, and what sort of river beauty or river pollution you see.
  2. You can also create art that is inspired by your time at the river or inspired by the trash you see along your rivers. Share a photo of your art and tell the story – use the hashtag #RiverWitness and tag the Connecticut River Conservancy.
  3. Not on social media? No problem. Submit your images below.

It is as simple as that!

What should I do if I see trash?

  1. Sign up to participate in the Source to Sea Cleanup and clean up the trash! We have guidelines for safe collection.
    • Know you’re planning to clean up trash when you head to the river? Then register for the Source to Sea Cleanup before you head out. Use the Clean Swell mobile app to tally the trash as you collect it! Clean Swell is available in the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android devices.
    • Found trash while you were out there? Submit a Trash Tally to tell us what you found.
  2. Document it! Take a photo and post it. Use the hashtag #RiverWitness, and tag the Connecticut River Conservancy on social media. If you see plastic trash or trash tires, add #PurgethePlastic or #TiredofTires to your social media post as well.

Submit your entries here for our Cleanup Contest: Most Unusual Object and Dirtiest Kid! 

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT, MON 9/28
(Entry form at bottom of this page)

Winners will be announced at our Source to Sea Shindig on 9/30.

Find Connecticut River Conservancy on social media:

Tag CRC on social media:
Facebook: @connecticutriver
Instagram: @ctriverconservancy
Twitter: @CTRiverH2Oshed

Here is a mosaic of images from the 2019 Source to Sea Cleanup.

You can be part of our 2020 mosaic! Submit your images as part of #RiverWitness by midnight 9/28 to join in.

The 2020 mosaic will be posted here by September 30. Join us at the Source to Sea Shindig on 9/30 at 5pm to celebrate all you’ve done to clean up our rivers. The mosaic will be ‘unveiled’ as a fun video! Join us to see if your submission gets highlighted.

#RiverWitness has been developed in partnership with the Collaborative Community Art Response Team (CCART) and The Art Garden, and is supported by a grant awarded by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts with funding from The Barr Foundation.

River Witness

  • Let us know where you are, what brings you to the river, and what sort of river beauty or river pollution you see.

    You may also submit your entries here for our Cleanup Contest: Most Unusual Object and Dirtiest Kid! Winners will be announced at our Source to Sea Shindig on 9/30.
  • Please submit up to 3 images. File size 5MB maximum.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png.
  • What are you seeing in your rivers? How does it make you feel? What are your hopes and dreams for the future of your rivers?
  • Thank you!

    By submitting this form you grant permission to CRC to use your photos.