Some of the many volunteers who took part in The Farmington River Anglers Association's river cleanup on Saturday, April 24. Photo by Chris Rabago.
Some of the many volunteers who took part in The Farmington River Anglers Association's river cleanup on Saturday, April 24. Photo by Chris Rabago.
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All photos by Chris Rabago

NEW HARTFORD — The Farmington River Anglers Association organized its first-ever river cleanup on Saturday, April 24.
According to organization vice-president Rich Strolis, the association held river cleanups in the past.
“But the past ones we had were pretty small and we were lucky to get six to 10 people,” Strolis said. “So both me and a few board members came up with the idea of having a group event to maximize numbers.”
To get groups of people, Strolis said that the association put out invitations to other organizations, including the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, the Connecticut Fly Fishers Associations, the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the local Wild and Scenic group.
The results: Strolis said that about 160 people volunteered to participate in the cleanup, with the volunteers grouped into 70 teams.
“We’re covering about 18 miles of the Farmington River today, and we’re going from Barkhamsted and Hartland, all the way down to the former Ax Factory in Collinsville,” he said. “We also have raffles and team awards for participants. Teams will get awards for most tires collected, most fishing line, biggest pile, most shopping carts, and the most strange item found while cleaning up.”

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