Source to Sea Cleanup celebrates 20 years

  • In this photo from 2014, Aliza Fassler of Greenfield removes trash from the Green River during the Source to Sea Cleanup. Recorder file Photo/Micky Bedell

  • A huge pile of trash accumulates at the Green River Swimming and Reacreation Area in Greenfield on Saturday following the Source to Sea Cleanup. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/21/2016 10:55:07 PM

GREENFIELD — Residents interested in creating cleaner local waterways are invited to participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 20th annual Source to Sea Cleanup Friday and Saturday.

According to a map of cleanup efforts on the council’s website, nine cleanup groups have been organized in Franklin County and have arranged to meet in Greenfield, Sunderland, Turners Falls and Northfield. If previous cleanups are an indication, volunteers will remove tons of trash from rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, trails and more.

Five of the groups invite additional volunteers to join in their efforts, or volunteers can also form their own groups at

The Source to Sea Cleanup involves all four states in the Connecticut River basin — New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In the past 20 years, 25,643 volunteers have removed more than 947 tons of trash from the Connecticut River watershed. In 2015 alone, more than 2,300 volunteers pulled over 50 tons of trash from 169 miles of waterways, according to the council’s website.

“The Source to Sea Cleanup strengthens community and gives people an opportunity to improve their neighborhoods,” Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Andrew Fisk said in a press release. “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.”

To make the cleanup fun, participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and take photos to submit in the Source to Sea Cleanup photo contest. According to the release, photos must be submitted through the council’s website by Monday, Oct. 3.

The public will vote on the photos until noon on Oct. 11 to determine People’s Choice winners, and judges will select Judge’s Choice winners. Ibex Outdoor Clothing, Cabela’s, Confluence Outdoor and other businesses have donated prizes, according to the release.

In addition, there are two post-cleanup parties featuring refreshments and giveaways. The Massachusetts cleanup party will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, located at 1 Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield.

For more information, to organize a cleanup effort or to join an existing cleanup group, visit


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