September is Vermont's River Cleanup Month

Watersheds United Vermont is partnering with Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup and American Rivers National River Cleanup to coordinate the 2016 September Vermont River Cleanup month. Many of Vermont's watershed groups and other community organizations organize events to clean up Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes.  Learn about your local watershed group.  Your participation will help make VT River Cleanup Month a success! Whether you're organizing or volunteering at a cleanup, don't forget to use #vtrivercleanup in social media posts. 

Click on the photos below to participate. 


See a list of registered Cleanups

Register a Cleanup Event

and Information for Cleanup Organizers

Outreach Toolkit

Clean Up a Lake





History of Vermont River Cleanup Month

For many years local watershed groups and others in the community have been organizing river clean ups across Vermont to keep Vermont's waters clean. In 2014, thanks to the hard work of many partners including Vermont Outdoor Guides Association, Lewis Creek Association, Friends of the Winooski River, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and Franklin Watershed Committee and Senate sponsor, John Rodgers, Vermont's legislature declared September to be Vermont's River Cleanup Month. In 2015, Watersheds United Vermont helped to coordinate this effort by providing resources to organizers and outreach about VT River Cleanup Month. Together we can make 2016 VT River Cleanup a success!

TV news clips from Vermont's 2015 river cleanup month.

Ann Ingerson – Introduction to River Cleanup Month and Watersheds United Vermont Role
Ann Ingerson – Memphremagog Watershed Association, Craftsbury Conservation Commission, Black River Cleanup
Richarda Ericson and Steve Libby, Vermont River Conservancy North Branch Cascades Cleanup

Ryan McCall and Scott Muller, Vermont River Conservancy Board members

Eric Nuse – Lamoille River Anglers, Lamoille River Paddlers Trail, and Lamoille River Cleanup
Shawn White – Friends of the Winooski River, Winooski River Cleanup
Tom Sabo – Montpelier High School, Winooski River Cleanup

Julie Moore, Stone Environmental, Inc. Staff, Winooski River Cleanup

Many thanks to our partner organizations:

And sponsors: