SAXTONS RIVER >> The Connecticut River Watershed Council's 20th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, taking place this Friday and Saturday, will feature a number of fun activities for participants in addition to the trash cleanup. 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.
"The Source to Sea Cleanup strengthens community and gives people an opportunity to improve their neighborhoods," said CRWC Executive Director Andrew Fisk. "When people help clean their rivers, they make connections with each other and with their rivers. Those connections have benefits lasting well beyond the Cleanup. That's what it's all about. And if you can have a bit of fun while you're at it, then even better."
CRWC lead sponsors are NRG Energy's Middletown Generating Station, Pratt & Whitney, TransCanada, and Whistler.
In Windham County, the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance is hosting a river cleanup event Saturday 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. For more information, contact Gloria Cristelli at 802-365-7232 or email@example.com or visit www.sevwa.org. More information about events statewide is available at www.watershedsunitedvt.org/vtrivercleanup. For more information on Source to Sea, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.