• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver

Green River Clean Up

DRWA is pleased to help host our own chapter of the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea Cleanup on the Green River!

The Source to Sea Cleanup is a yearly trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) – rivers & streams, shorelines, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, volunteer group leaders coordinate local cleanup sites where thousands of participants of all ages and abilities spend a few hours picking up trash (CRC).  The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) then uses trash data collected to support legislation and other efforts to keep the Connecticut River and it’s tributaries clean such as expanding bottle bills, requiring manufacturers to pay for disposal of items, and increasing access to recycling programs.

In 2018, more than 2,500 volunteers spanning from the Canadian border to the mouth of the river in Old Lyme, CT participated in the event.  School groups get the first crack at the river on Friday with everyone else joining the cleanup on Saturday.

The Green River watershed is one of the most pristine in southern New England. A pure source of grade-A water, the Green River supplies Greenfield with a significant amount of its water needs. Each year hundreds of river lovers from all walks of life come to the cleanup and enjoy hard work, friendship, food, and music and the great feeling you get from caring and making a difference.

For the second year in a row, LANE construction helped haul 800 tires from a tire dump near the Deerfield River, which were then hosed off with help from the Greenfield Fire Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and then recycled through the Bridgestone Tires4ward  program.


Sponser PV Squared Solar helped by removing large debris from the Green River.  Some items were so large that they had to be winched from the river.


If you would like to report a trash site, you can do so on the CRC website. 


The 2019 Source to Sea Clean Up will be held on September 27th and 28th.  Sign up to be a volunteer!


Green River Clean Up in the News

Fifth-graders work the Green River Cleanup – Greenfield Recorder 9/2017