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Source to Sea Cleanup  just around the bend

GREENFIELD — The 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup is gearing up to be one of the biggest river cleanup events along the Connecticut River yet.

Hosted by the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the cleanup is an annual event along the Connecticut River and its tributaries in the four-state watershed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. Registration for the cleanup is under way. Twenty-five groups and about 1,400 volunteers have already signed up for Oct. 4 and 5.

“Some really unbelievable things have been pulled from our rivers, such as a cement mixer, parking meters, propane tanks and junk cars,” said Jacqueline Talbot, cleanup coordinator. “This is human-produced trash that becomes river trash and then ocean trash, while making our natural spaces less safe and less welcoming for people and wildlife. We can do something about that and give a cleaner river to our neighbors downstream. To date, volunteers have prevented more than 806 tons of trash from flowing downstream.”

To report a trash site in need of clean up or to participate in the cleanup event, visit www.ctriver.org and click on “Source to Sea Cleanup.”

Those not interested in picking up trash can still support the cleanup by attending a benefit concert featuring Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Band from NPR’s Prairie Home Companion Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Memorial Hall tickets can also be purchased at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls.

For more information, to join a group near you, register online or to report sites in need of cleaning visit www.ctriver.org and click on “Source to Sea Cleanup.” Anyone with questions or a trash tip may contact CRWC’s Cleanup Coordinator Jacqueline Talbot at cleanup@ctriver.org or by calling 860-704-0057.

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