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Source to Sea Cleanup registration under way

Registration for the 17th annual Source to Sea Connecticut River watershed cleanup is under way. The cleanup is a two-day event coordinated by Connecticut River Watershed Council in all four states of the 410-mile Connecticut River watershed, home to more than 2.5 million people.

This year’s cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5. CRWC is asking all interested watershed residents to register for the cleanup and to report trash sites in need of cleaning up on its new website, www.ctriver.org.

Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. Volunteers clean along rivers, streams and stream banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Individuals can register to start a cleanup group, register to work solo or join an existing group by visiting www.ctriver.org. Businesses are also encouraged to get involved by starting a volunteer cleanup group, making a donation of supplies such as gloves and trash bags, or by becoming a sponsor.

In 2012, more than 2,000 volunteers pulled over 99 tons of trash from river banks and waterways in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions, refrigerators and junk cars. To date volunteers have prevented more than 806 tons of trash from flowing downstream.

For information, to 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.

The non-profit Connecticut River Watershed Council has been an advocate for the 11,000 square-mile watershed of the Connecticut River since 1952.

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