Crew Team Participates in Connecticut River CleanupSOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 3, 2007) - The Mount Holyoke College crew team waded into the Connecticut River on Saturday as part of the 11th annual Connecticut River Watershed Source to Sea Cleanup, a one-day community cleanup of the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The four-state event was coordinated by the Connecticut River Watershed Council, a non-profit advocacy organization working to conserve and protect water quality and quantity, habitat and recreational access within the entire Connecticut River watershed.
The team was responsible for the cleanup of the shore near Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley, Mass. Working on a volunteer basis, they staged the cleanup on Saturday monring. Meanwhile, thousands of other volunteers were also working on the watershed-wide cleanup project on the same day at various other locations.
Prior to the event, cleanup organizer Andrea Donlon explained, "Last year's volunteers hauled 45 tons of trash from 68 locations along streams and rivers in four states. We had over 1,600 participants, and this year we hope to have even more. The Cleanup is a great way to take care of your community and your favorite river."
This year's Cleanup was sponsored by New England Family Farms Milk. Lynn Barrett, spokesperson for New England Family Farms said, "Our sponsorship is designed to make a difference by helping to preserve the beauty and cleanliness of the Connecticut River watershed."
For more information about forming or joining a future cleanup crew near your home or to make a donation, see the Council's website at www.ctriver.org. The Connecticut River Watershed Council can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (413) 772-2020 x. 205.