GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of people will line the banks of the Connecticut River Saturday to clean up the river.
It’s the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual “Source to Sea Cleanup”, but they’ll focus on more than just the Connecticut River; they’ll also work to clean up tributaries, like the Green River, which flow into the Connecticut.
David Boles has been cleaning up the Green River for the past 12 years. “I think people need to be well aware of how lucky we are to have rivers that you can still swim in and eat the fish from and I happen to be lucky enough to live on the Green River. People in the community, we really want to make sure that this river get’s respected,” said Boles.
Students at Greenfield Middle School wanted to do their part, so they went to the Green River and collected garbage. Angela Mrozinski from the Connecticut River Watershed Council told 22News, “A lot of people think that with just a handful of people in my group, what difference can we make? Well, you make a huge difference when you combine yourselves with the 80 plus other groups that are registered all up and down our river.”
The Connecticut River Watershed Council told 22News, they remove about 45-tons of debris from the rivers and the surrounding areas. Last year, “Source to Sea Cleanup” volunteers removed more than 745 tires.
If you’d like to get involved and participate in Saturday’s cleanup operation, cl