Calling all volunteers for Clean the Bay Day, CBF's annual Virginia volunteer cleanup to remove litter and debris from the Chesapeake Bay watershed!
The June 7 event is among the largest, most successful volunteer events in the state every year, drawing thousands of citizens, students, businesses, and military personnel to help pick up litter along waterways in Hampton Roads, Central and Northern Virginia, the Eastern Shore, and Shenandoah Valley.
If you haven't signed up for this year's event, please do so on our website and sign up to volunteer at a cleanup site near you. It's easy, it's fun, and you can make a difference in the health of the Bay in just three short hours. Bring the whole family, your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Everyone can help improve the health of the Bay!
Last year, some 6,000 volunteers, including elected officials, enlisted men and women, Scout troops, churches, businesses, and thousands of individuals and families, scoured more than 500 miles of shoreline on foot and in boats, picking up more than 135,000 pounds of harmful debris.
The event also raises public awareness about other pollution issues.
"Marine debris remains one of the most visible and pervasive reminders that the Chesapeake Bay is in need of restoration," says Tanner Council, Clean the Bay Day coordinator. "Rainwater running off streets and parking lots washes litter and debris into storm drains and into nearby waterways. When volunteers remove this litter, they're doing a tremendous service to their local communities and the Bay. They also learn there is much more we can all do to be better clean water stewards."
Clean the Bay Day could not be possible without the help of our local government partners and the generous support and participation of Virginia's corporate and business community, including CSX, Northrop Grumman, the Port of Virginia, Dixon Hughes Goodman, River Network/Budweiser, Farm Fresh, HelioSage, and our media partners Inside Business, AltDaily, 101.3 2WD, and 94.9 The Point.
They're making a difference. You can, too. Register today for the 26th annual Clean the Bay Day on June 7!
--Chuck Epes, CBF's Assistant Director of Media Relations