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  • Do Something for Our Waters on Clean the Bay Day

    May 30, 2017

    Our rivers, beaches, and parks are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals that survive in the river bottom, at the shoreline, and in the trees and shrubs. But there's another population, too — trash.

  • Gardeners Restore Reefs, Too

    May 25, 2017

    On a breezy spring day, Claire Neubert hauled a wire cage full of oysters onto her dock on Elizabeth Lake at the top of the Hampton River. This miniature oyster reef was full of life. Barnacles sprouted from shells. Little fish squirmed among the oysters. Tiny crabs crawled into the crevices.

  • Top 7 Reasons to Register for Clean the Bay Day

    May 24, 2017

    The big "Spring Cleaning" of Virginia's waterways—Clean the Bay Day, is less than two weeks away! With only one week remaining to register, there are plenty of reasons to sign up today.

  • 90-Year-Old Volunteer to Save the Bay

    March 28, 2017

    Though Walter Zadan recently celebrated his 90th birthday, the Williamsburg resident keeps up a schedule that is unusual for a nonagenarian.

  • Speaking up for Clean Water

    February 15, 2017

    Just eleven years after Captain John Smith led the original exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, the Western Hemisphere's oldest legislative body was founded when Virginia's House of Burgesses met in 1619.

  • Three Examples Show How Ripples Can Become Waves to Save the Bay

    February 13, 2017

    The saying goes: "It takes a village." To fully implement the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, governments, businesses, and citizens all must do their part.

  • Cuidando los R�os

    October 19, 2016

    Efra�n Carcamo y sus tres hijos cruzan rocas en la orilla del r�o James en Richmond, buscando basura que la corriente dej� entre piedras y ramas.

  • Healing Waters

    September 28, 2016

    Efrain Carcamo and his three children hop across boulders along the James River in Richmond, hunting litter lodged by the current among rocks and branches.

  • Underwater Beauty

    June 30, 2016

    The beauty and unmissable ecological value of underwater grasses drives hundreds of Virginians each year to grow wild celery at home, January through June, and then plant the vegetation at restoration sites in the late spring and summer.

  • Baltimore by the Numbers

    June 28, 2016

    111,000 oysters! 3,000 perennials! 250 paddlers! Read on for all that we've accomplished in Baltimore just in the last month . . .

  • This Week in the Watershed

    June 10, 2016

    This week for the Chesapeake is a time not only to celebrate the beauty, bounty, and recreation the Bay provides but also to remember that the fight to save the Bay and its rivers and streams is a marathon, not a sprint.

  • A Park Manager Looks Back on 27 Clean the Bay Days

    May 4, 2016

    In the spring of 1989, 16-year-old Cameron Swain went on an outing with her family in Hampton Roads to pick up trash on a beach. As a teenager, she didn't realize that the small informal cleanup would become the first everClean the Bay Day, now going stronger than ever as it enters its 28th year.

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