2012 Connecticut River Cleanup Set for Sept. 29

Gill Elementary (MA) during Source to Sea Cleanup, 2011 (MA). Photo/Connecticut River Watershed Council.

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual 1-day coordinated cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the vast Connecticut River system.

On Saturday 29, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities are expected to head out to waterways of their choice all along the 4-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary (CT) during Source to Sea Cleanup (2011). Photo/Connecticut River Watershed Council.

In 2011, about 1,500 volunteers pulled over 51 tons of trash from about 60 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators.

The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and the fish are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities, and community members who make the event possible. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event.

For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at cleanup@ctriver.org or (860-704-0057).

For online volunteer sign-up, CLICK HERE.

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