GREENFIELD, Mass. – Volunteers are being recruited for an annual effort to remove trash from shorelines in New England.

Advocates say the cleanup is needed even more this year because floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene left many shorelines and floodplains strewn with debris.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council is seeking help during its 15th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Oct. 1. The council is urging groups and individuals to register by today so that they can be supplied with bags and gloves.

The Greenfield-based council advocates for clean water and fisheries protection in the 11,000 square miles of Connecticut River watershed in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

For the past 14 years, thousands of volunteers have removed more than 650 tons of refuse from along waterways in those states.