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Clean up your rivers with Connecticut River Conservancy

‘Source to Sea’ cleanup is Sept. 22, 23

If your group wants to get involved but needs a cleanup site, if you have questions, or if you know of a trash site in need of cleaning, contact CRC’s Cleanup Coordinator Alicea Charamut at or 860-704-0057. Learn more about the event at

Registration is open for the Connecticut River Conservancy’s (formerly Connecticut River Watershed Council) Source to Sea Cleanup.

This annual event, now in its 21st year, has grown into New England’s largest river cleanup. CRC invites volunteers to continue the tradition of getting dirty for cleaner rivers on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23.

There are three ways for volunteers to get involved in the Source to Sea Cleanup this year: Report a trash site in need of cleaning; find a nearby cleanup group to join; or organize and register a local cleanup group. For more information or to register for the event, visit

“The Source to Sea Cleanup strengthens community and gives people an opportunity to improve their neighborhoods,” CRC Executive Director Andrew Fisk said in a news release. “When people help clean their rivers, they make lasting connections with each other and with their rivers.”

The annual Source to Sea Cleanup is a two-day river cleanup coordinated by CRC in all four states of the more than 410 miles of the Connecticut River basin — New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. Volunteers remove trash along rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, trails, and more. Volunteers remove everything from recyclables, fishing equipment, and food waste, to tires, televisions, and refrigerators. To date, volunteers have kept more than 997 tons of trash from polluting our rivers.

“The Source to Sea Cleanup is a great way for Tighe & Bond to give back and contribute to cleaning up our local environment,” said Tighe & Bond President/CEO Dave Pinsky. “We appreciate the opportunity to help achieve a cleaner Connecticut River, and protect it for future generations.”

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Originally published in The Commons issue #426 (Wednesday, September 20, 2017).

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