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Volunteers Needed for River Cleanup

Springfield, Vt. — Groups and individuals are needed to help with an annual cleanup of the Connecticut River watershed.

Volunteers are needed to help out before, during and after the “Source to Sea Cleanup” on Oct. 4 and 5. Tasks include scouting potential trash sites, acting as a group leader and picking up garbage.

New this year, volunteers will also monitor invasive species in certain parts of the watershed.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council, which sponsors the event, is accepting donations of equipment, including rakes, shovels and buckets; work gloves, dust masks and safety vests; garbage bags; and ropes with grappling hooks. Rewards for volunteers and the use of Dumpsters are also needed.

In the past 16 years, participants have removed more than 806 tons of trash from riverbanks and trails throughout watershed.

To sign up as a volunteer or sponsor, contact Connecticut River Watershed Council at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. — Staff report