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VSECU Sponsors 18th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup

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BRATTLEBORO, VT—VSECU, a statewide credit for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, is proud to sponsor the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual cleanup of our rivers and streams. For more than 60 years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council has been the leading environmental group working for the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of the Connecticut River watershed – from Vermont and New Hampshire to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

With VSECU’s financial support of $2,500, more than 2,000 volunteers will set out to remove tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries on September 26 & 27. Working on foot or by boat, they will remove debris ranging from litter and bottles to large trash items. They will prevent injury to wildlife, stop pollution from entering rivers and streams and help to maintain a clean environment for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers have removed more than 850 tons of trash from the river since the Cleanup began.

“We have been a longtime supporter of Green Up Vermont and this similar initiative is another example of people working together to preserve the beauty and health of our environment by cleaning up trash,” said Yvonne Garand, Senior VP Business Development, VSECU.

Lisa DiBernardo, market manager of VSECU’s Brattleboro Branch and Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council gathered for a photo with “Connie,” the star of a children’s book about the Source to Sea Cleanup. The giant fish and The Fish in the Polka Dot Dress grew out of a student project about trash in the river. An electronic version of the book and information about school projects integrating science, art and environmental advocacy can be found at