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Annual River Cleanup – September 2020

FRWA invites you to join us for our Annual Farmington River Cleanup.  As a part of the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source-to-Sea Cleanup, we challenge you to help clean up your river.

This year has been a year like no other. The Farmington River has seen so many more visitors, and so much more trash.  Bottle, cans, glass, disposable products and deflated vinyl floats.  We need your help this year more than ever – and that is why this year’s Farmington River Cleanup will be every day in September, from September 1 to September 30.  To reward you for your efforts we will be giving out prizes weekly!

But first, what are the changes this year?  This year, we urge you to use your own supplies.  To pick up trash along the river, you will need a few trash bags, gloves to protect your hands, and a face mask and hand sanitizer to keep you safe.  Pick a spot you know and love along the river and fill up your bag. If you need help choosing a spot for your group, please email and we will set you up.  Also, you may need to plan ahead before heading out. Do you know a spot that has large, unwieldy items such as tires and appliances? Contact FRWA or your local Town Managers office or Public Works to see if they will make a trip to pick up these items for you. If something is too heavy to lift, make a note of its location and contact FRWA and we can help determine what to do next. 

This year, FRWA will be handing out prizes weekly.  The winner each week can choose between a FRWA stainless steel cup and a Farmington River paddler map.  To enter the contest, take a photo of all the trash you cleaned up from the river, and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag @FRWA_org and #farmingtonriver, or email us the photo and location. We will be choosing winners Wednesdays in September (9, 16, 23, 30) for any posts from the week immediately prior to the Wednesday.  At the end of the month we will choose one lucky group to get free tickets to our live virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, this year on November 19th.

Questions? Contact Aimee Petras, Education & Outreach Coordinator via email
or leave a phone message at 860-658-4442 ex 201

Share this information with your friends and family! Each action may seem small, but collectively YOU can be a big part of cleaning up the Farmington River Watershed!

Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited

This project made possible with support from Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited, and the Werth Family Foundation.