Source to Sea cleanup underway along Connecticut River

About 2,000 volunteers taking part in 20th anniversary effort


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – From Vermont and New Hampshire, through western Massachusetts, and down to Connecticut, volunteers and state agencies are cleaning up the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup started Friday, and continues through Saturday.

22News spoke Friday with volunteer John Hook Davis of Chicopee, who was out at Jones Ferry Landing in Holyoke, cleaning up the bank of the river. He told 22News that there is all kinds of trash and debris left along the river, but the most unusual thing that he has ever discovered was a toilet. He said that he is concerned about what happens each year to this natural resource.

The cleanup is now in its 20th year, and an estimated 2,000 volunteers are taking part. They are being helped in their good work by agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Mass Wildlife, which have launched boats into the river to complement the work going on at the shore.

To find out more about the Source to Sea Cleanup, and how you can get involved, visit

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