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Source to Sea Cleanup Celebrates 20 Years of Cleaner Rivers

GREENFIELD — The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) 20th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, taking place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, 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. The public is invited to join the fun and be part of the effort for cleaner rivers. For more information, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup. To find a cleanup group nearby, click on ‘Join a Group.’

“Thousands of volunteers from across four states come out on a single weekend to help clean up our rivers. They literally remove tons of trash every year. To date, volunteers have kept more than 947 tons of trash from polluting our rivers,” said Alicea Charamut, CRWC river steward and cleanup organizer. “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. Photos must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 3, through CRWC’s website, www.ctriver.org/cleanup. Then a public vote until noon on Tuesday, Oct. 11 will determine the people’s choice winners. A panel of judges will select judges’ choice winners as well. Many prizes have been donated in support of the cleanup from Ibex, Cabela’s, Confluence Outdoors, and more.

After the cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 24, CRWC invites participants to join two parties for refreshments and giveaways. Beer will be provided by cleanup sponsor Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co. CRWC will be recognizing local cleanup groups and awarding prizes. In Connecticut, join CRWC from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill, 222 Main St., Wethersfield, Conn. In Massachusetts, join CRWC from noon to 3 p.m. at the Green River Swimming Area, Nash’s Mill Road, Greenfield.

“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.”

Source to Sea Cleanup lead sponsors include NRG Energy’s Middletown generating station, Pratt & Whitney, TransCanada, and Whistler.

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