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The Connecticut River Conservancy - formerly known as Connecticut River Watershed Council - works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, we celebrate our four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve the health of the whole for generations to come. Our work informs our vision of ecological and economic abundance.
Since 1952, we have worked to protect your rivers from source to sea so everyone can enjoy them. During the first decade, CRC focused on raising consciousness about what was then described as "America's best landscaped sewer", through publication of an atlas of natural resources and by holding conferences, planning boating trips on the river and helping to create watershed associations in the tributaries. Today, our work on the river includes finding environmental problems and fixing them, across all four river states. We run community river cleanups, we remove deadbeat dams, we plant trees and we protect and restore wildlife.
The annual Source to Sea Cleanup began in 1996. Thousands of participants of all ages and abilities join this event. Each fall, volunteers and local participants spend hours picking up trash around the river. In 2017, 46 tons of trash was picked up by 2,530 volunteers across 249 miles. The American Rivers awarded CRC’s Source to Sea Cleanup the "Most River Miles Cleaned" by a large organization.
We're guiding development, preventing erosion and making sure hydropower and industrial permits are aligned to protect our natural resource for future generations. We’re working on the restoration of the Brook Floater mussels, by surveying streams and collecting data on their habitat. We control the spread of the invasive plant Water Chestnut. We work every day to make this great river valley a better place to call home for over 2 million people and 5,000 watershed species, and you - as a volunteer - can help us!