It is again the source of the Sea River cleanup | Local News

Pack your paddles and wear your waders – it’s time for the community’s annual effort to remove litter from local waterways.

The Connecticut River Conservancy’s 25th annual Sea River Spring Cleanup will take place at three locations next week: Keene, Swanzey and – for the first time – Winchester.

Each year, the association organizes a collaborative effort in four states – New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut – to clean up its namesake river.

Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers picked up nearly 35 tons of trash along the river, covering a total of about 260 miles, according to the Connecticut River Conservancy.

In the Monadnock area, about 45 volunteers collected 1,585 pounds of trash, according to Amanda Littleton, district manager for the Cheshire County Conservation District. The district is one of the sponsors of this year’s local cleanup.

Littleton has been involved in cleaning the river since 2007, and around that time she experienced volunteers removing everything from local tributaries, from household water heaters to flat-screen TVs.

“It’s shocking to see what ends up in our waterways,” she said.

The organizers will provide garbage bags and gloves. For those who have them, small boats – like kayaks, canoes and pedal boats – and life jackets are encouraged but not necessary, according to the Cheshire County Conservation District.

Venturing on foot and by boat, area volunteers will come together to clean up locals from tributaries of the Connecticut River.

The weekend effort will begin Friday, September 24 at Ashuelot River Park in Keene, with a cleanup scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During those same hours on Saturday September 25, volunteers will have a few options. Participants with boats can meet on the river near Martell Court in Keene or by the Cresson Covered Bridge on Sawyers Crossing Road in Swanzey. People who still want to help but don’t have boats can meet at Beaver Brook on Water Street in Keene.

The effort will conclude this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a meeting of volunteers at Winchester Town Hall where maps will be distributed, directing participants to different areas along the Ashuelot River.

“We really encourage our neighboring towns to get involved with Winchester,” said Natalie Quevedo, member of the Winchester Conservation Commission and the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee.

As this is the city’s first time participating in the cleanup, she said she expects there will be a litter buildup that volunteers can dig into.

“I can’t wait to see how much waste we can pull out – years and years and years of waste,” she said.

But beyond cultivating a healthier environment for wildlife, she said she looks forward to the benefits the event will bring to residents as well.

“It’s a community development event where people can come out and be proud of their community by cleaning up the place where they live. “

The event is open to anyone who wants to get a little soggy and dirty, Littleton said.

“I love the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the fact that such a wide range of our community is coming forward,” she said. “It’s such a collaborative effort of individuals, families and organizations.

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