Connecticut River cleanup brings hundreds together to improve water quality

Hundreds of volunteers have come together along the Connecticut River for the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup.

HARRINGTON PARK, NJ, Oct. 18, 2013 -- Hundreds of volunteers have come together along the Connecticut River for the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup.

Hosted by the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), the program is an annual trash clean up of the Connecticut River and its tributaries along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA and CT). Volunteers clean along rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, and trails.

United Water sponsored the event along with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, Lane Construction Corporation, NRG Energy, TransCanada, and others. The company also announced that its Holyoke and Springfield employees have joined the project.

"Some really unbelievable things have been pulled from our rivers, such as a cement mixer, parking meters, propane tanks, and junk cars," Jacqueline Talbot, CRWC Cleanup Coordinator. "Without their dedication, this would not be possible. They inspire others to get involved and help form lasting connections to the river, while also sending the message that trash doesn't belong in nature and that our rivers and trails are worth protecting."

Nearly 100 million tons of debris was collected during the 2012 Source to Sea Cleanup. This year's haul has not yet been tallied as of yet. In 2013, more than 65 registered groups are organizing over 2,000 volunteers to clean up trash along the 410-mile river, from northern New Hampshire and Vermont to the Long Island Sound.


United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.


Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 97 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 66 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, reported sales turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2012.


The Connecticut River Watershed Council has been an advocate for the 11,000 square-mile watershed of the Connecticut River since 1952. CRWC is a non-profit organization supported by individual members, public and private foundations, corporate sponsors and government grants.


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