BRATTLEBORO -- Local cleanup group leaders all along the Connecticut River are busy planning for the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup to be held Oct. 4 and 5.
Hosted by the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash clean up of the Connecticut River and its tributaries in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Volunteers clean along rivers, streams and stream banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more.
"We want to recognize the many groups whose local efforts year after year are having a positive impact along the whole 410-plus mile Connecticut River and tributaries," said Jacqueline Talbot, CRWC Cleanup Coordinator. "Some really unbelievable things have been pulled from our rivers, such as a cement mixer, parking meters, propane tanks and junk cars. Without their dedication, this would not be possible. They inspire others to get involved and help form lasting connections to the river, while also sending the message that trash doesn't belong in nature and that our rivers and trails are worth protecting."
The Black River Action Team near Springfield has been helping to clean the river since 2000. Over 100 volunteers join this group yearly and have removed nearly 200 shopping carts, tires and thousands of pounds of scrap metal in their area. The Weathersfield Greenup Association near Cornish, N.H., has joined the cleanup for 12 consecutive years. The Cheshire County Conservation District has partnered with the city of Keene and Keene State College for seven years, gathering hundreds of volunteers in that area to clean up rivers.
"These are just a few of the many cleanup groups in New Hampshire and Vermont who do great work and leave the region cleaner over time," says Talbot.
This year, more than 65 registered groups are organizing over 2,000 volunteers to clean up trash from northern New Hampshire and Vermont to the Long Island Sound.
To find one of the many other cleanup groups, visit www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-seacleanup/join-a-group/.
For more information on the Connecticut River Watershed Council, visit www.ctriver.org or call 413-772-2020.