Save the Sound, Connecticut coordinator of the annual International Coastal Cleanup, recently partnered with the Darien Land Trust for a cleanup event along the Noroton River.

Volunteers gathered to remove and catalog trash from the river bank as part of a global effort to rid the world's waterways of unsightly debris, which is dangerous to wildlife and degrades the ecosystem.

For the past four years, Darien High School's EcoCitizen Club members have been working with Land Trust stewards to improve the Noroton River habitat by also planting native trees and shrubs along its banks, and supporting efforts to restore migratory fish runs.

"These Connecticut volunteers are amazing," said Kierran Broatch, volunteer coordinator for Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. "Community efforts in our little state, joined by the hundreds of thousands others across the globe, have a tremendous impact on the overall health of our planet."

Referring to the many bags full of plastic bottles, wrappers, balls of every sort, lawn furniture and assorted debris, Darien resident and Land Trust volunteer Bob Arrix said, "Today's cleanup was a success. It's amazing how much trash ends up in our streams, and preventing all this junk from being carried out to the Sound is a good thing."

Nearly 9 million volunteers from 152 countries and locations have cleaned 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and the ocean on just one day each year. In 2011, Save the Sound volunteers picked up more than 29,000 pounds of trash from 54 miles of Connecticut shoreline.

For more information on statewide cleanups, visit For more information about Save the Sound's Coastal Cleanup program or to organize a project, visit or call Save the Sound's volunteer coordinator, Kierran Broatch, at 203-787-0646, ext.113.

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