WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Volunteers from across the region spent the day cleaning up at various points on the Connecticut River and its tributaries.
It was all part of the source to sea annual event clean up event. Cities and towns along the Connecticut River remove trash and debris from the shoreline. Multiple municipalities participated in western Massachusetts, including Westfield.
“Every year we pull out dozens and dozens of tires out of the river. At the grand scale, pulling out cars. Dozens of bags of trash, tons of trash,” Jake Lehan, Secretary of the Westfield River Watershed Association said.
The Source to Sea event is organized by the Connecticut River Conservancy. This weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the event. Over the years, over 1,200 tons of trash has been collected.
“I know it can be really intimidating, because it’s such a big problem, but if you look at the smaller issues all around is you can get involved and help,” volunteer Brynn Friedhaber said.
Mark Damon, 1st Vice President of the Westfield River Watershed Association, a lead organizer of the event, reminding people that you don’t have to be apart of an event to help clean the environment.
“If you’re just walking alone, bring a trash bag along the River, even that makes a difference.”
Other local areas involved in the cleanup, included Springfield, Northampton, Hadley and Turners Falls. All efforts combining to make the Connecticut River safe and enjoyable for all of western Massachusetts.