September is CT Cleanup Time

CT River Conservancy 2020 Source to Sea Cleanup: Learn more about volunteering with the CT River Conservancy at
Save the Sound 2020 Connecticut Cleanup: Learn more about volunteering with Save the Sound at

Did you know that stormwater and combined sewage overflows are among the primary ways that litter is carried through our local waterways to the Long Island Sound? Litter and trash can be harmful to the health of our ecosystems and wildlife, and can be an eyesore, nuisance, or hazard to the people and organizations that enjoy or rely on the Sound. It’s important to maintain our local and regional ecosystems and waterbodies, and there are several ways you can help:

  • Avoid littering and encourage family, friends, and peers to do the same. To help spread awareness and educate others, share helpful tips, research, and facts about our waters from organizations like the Long Island Sound Study.
  • Help clean up by picking up litter, trash, and debris. The Connecticut River Conservancy launched their Source to Sea Cleanup Month, and you can participate independently while safely socially distancing. Save the Sound has also started organized Connecticut Cleanup events for September and October.
  • Reduce stormwater inputs and sewer overflows by using green infrastructure. If you participated in Retain the Rain, your trusty rain barrel, downspout elbow/diverter, and tree can help intercept or slow stormwater. These materials can also have additional co-benefits such as water conservation, reduced urban heat island effect (cooling and energy savings) and improved water quality (fewer sewer overflows).

Every action, big or small, counts. So let’s keep it green and clean!

Sources: Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut River Conservancy, Save the Sound

The Retain the Rain program is supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Hartford Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is funded in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund. The views contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.