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Date:
September 28, 2019
Time:
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Time Details:
9:30 AM - Noon: Help clean up the Fort River Watershed Noon - 2:00 PM: Celebrate our wonderful river with food, games and displays!
Location:
Groff Park
Address:
146 Mill Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Email:
Cost:
FREE
Several young people walking through wooded area cleaning up environment
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River Cleanup and Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019

9:30 AM - Noon: Help clean up the Fort River Watershed Noon - 2:00 PM: Celebrate our wonderful river with food, games and displays Anyone interested in joining us can meet at 9:30 AM at Groff Park. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bring your boots, long pants, and a water bottle. Everything else will be provided! Brought to you by the Fort River Water Shed Association and Town of Amherst: The Fort River watershed falls within the towns of Hadley, Amherst, Pelham, Belchertown, and Shutesbury in Massachusetts. It is an amazing resource to this region, home to endangered species and fish that migrate up from the Atlantic Ocean.

Rain or shine - all are welcome!

The Fort River Watershed Association is hosting a FREE community event in Amherst to clean-up and celebrate the Fort River. We’d be grateful to have you join us!

RiverFest will offer food and fun for people of all ages. There will be many opportunities for interactive learning about our rivers and the animals that call it home – demonstrations include live birds of prey and preserved sea lamprey! There will be a raffle, games and prizes! 

Before we celebrate the Fort River, we are going to clean it up! The Fort River Cleanup, part of the Connecticut River Conservancy’s 23rd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup, will take place before the festival. Anyone interested in joining us can meet at 9:30am at Groff Park in Amherst, MA. All ages and abilities are welcome! Bring your boots, long pants, and a water bottle. Everything else will be provided! Please register online by following this link and selecting 'Join This Team. -

https://www.ctriver.org/our-work/source-to-sea-cleanup/join-a-group/join-a-group-map/entry/2469/

We are excited to partner with the Connecticut River Conservancy and thousands of volunteers across Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut to remove trash from our neighborhoods and enhance the health of the rivers and streams that sustain us – cleaning the Connecticut River and its tributaries from source to sea.

“Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers have worked hard to combat litter and illegally dumped trash,” says Andrea Donlon, CRC's Massachusetts River Steward. “In the past 22 years, volunteers have removed over 1100 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries, preventing it from reaching our oceans and becoming a global trash problem. Many areas are cleaner thanks to the efforts of volunteers." 

Please consider joining us in contributing to this impressive and impactful regional effort!

If you're interested in volunteering as a cleanup site leader, festival logistics wrangler or being an event sponsor - please email us directly at: fortriverwatershed@gmail.com. Thank you!