SAXTONS RIVER >> The Connecticut River Watershed Council's 20th annual Source to Sea Cleanup started Friday and continues through today.
Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers remove tons of trash along rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, trails and more in all four states of the Connecticut River basin.
"Thousands of volunteers from across four states come out on a single weekend to help clean up our rivers," said Alicea Charamut, CRWC River Steward and Cleanup organizer. "They literally remove tons of trash every year. To date, volunteers have kept more than 947 tons of trash from polluting our rivers. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring and makes a real difference for our rivers. We want to do everything we can to make this effort fun, too."
During the Cleanup, participants are encouraged to keep their cameras handy and snap lots of photos to submit in the Source to Sea Cleanup photo contest. You must submit your photos by Monday, Oct. 3, through CRWC's website: www.ctriver.org/cleanup. Then the public votes until noon on Oct. 11 to determine the People's Choice winners. A panel of judges will select Judge's Choice winners as well. Ibex, Cabela's, Confluence Outdoors, and more each donated great prizes in support of the Cleanup.
After the Cleanup, CRWC invites Source to Sea Cleanup participants to join two post-Cleanup parties for refreshments and giveaways. Beer provided by sponsor Leinenkugel's Brewing Co. CRWC will be recognizing local cleanup groups and awarding fun prizes. Join CRWC in Connecticut on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill, 222 Main St., Wethersfield, Conn. Join CRWC in Massachusetts on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Green River Swimming Area, Nash's Mill Rd., Greenfield, Mass.
Source to Sea volunteers will be in Newfane and Dummerston from 9 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance's efforts to spruce up a favorite stretch of the West River. To volunteer, meet at 9 a.m. at the West Dummerston Covered Bridge along Route 30. Wear mud boots and clothes that can get wet, and bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.
In Keene and Swanzey, N.H., volunteers will clean up along the banks of the Ashuelot River and Beaver Brook from 9 a.m. to noon. To get involved, call Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988; or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Woodstock, volunteers will be cleaning up Riverfront Park from 9 a.m. to noon.