SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. (AP) — More than 2,000 people are spreading out along the length of the Connecticut river for an annual fall cleanup of New England's largest stream.

The river that forms the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire and bisects Massachusetts and Connecticut is getting its 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup.

The effort is being called crucial to the health of Long Island Sound, which gets 70 percent of its fresh water from the Connecticut.

During the cleanup's 16 years so far, volunteers have removed about 806 tons of trash from the Connecticut River watershed.

This year's event began Friday and wraps up Saturday.