Clean the Bay Day

  Lead Sponsor

Logo: CSX

27th Annual Clean the Bay Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Thank you for a GREAT turnout!

Lead Sponsor  

Logo: Norfolk Southern

The 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day will be held
Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Please check back March 15 for online registration details.

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, under beautiful, tranquil skies across the state, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descended on streams and beaches of the Bay to remove harmful litter and debris from our waters. From the dense sites of Hampton Roads, up to Northern Virginia, west to the Blue Ridge, east to the Shore, and all in-between, people from all walks worked by land and boats (and paddle boards) to give back to the Bay in what amounts to an enormous spring cleaning for our waterways every year.

Among the masses were elected officials rolling up their sleeves alongside constituents, over one-thousand enlisted men and women at several military installations, teams fielded by our many and varied sponsors and partners, non-profits, for-profits, government and private sector, scout groups, churches groups and thousands of individuals and families for this year's Clean the Bay Day.

Clean the Bay Day sets the stage for moving beyond the visible pollution and tackling the major unseen threats that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is designed to manage.

2015 Clean the Bay Day Preliminary Results:
Approximately 6,000 volunteers
removed roughly 105,000 pounds of harmful debris
from approximately 275 sites
along more than 450 miles of streams and shoreline…
all in just three hours.

Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged approximately 140,000 volunteers who have removed more than 6.2 million pounds of debris from more than 6,500 miles of shoreline.

A smattering of anecdotal evidence:

The Common: Plastic bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers and cigarette butts.

The Not-So-Common: A stolen burned-out car, a rusty safe, a 50-foot gill net, and a bride-and-groom wedding cake topper.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers, partners, and sponsors that make this event such a stellar success each year. On behalf of CBF, and all the Virginia waterways leading to the Bay,
Thank You.

Clean the Bay Day is predicated on strong cooperation and important, lasting relationships among CBF and dozens of partners, including municipalities, non-profits, the U.S. military, businesses, and corporate sponsors (see link to 2015 partners on the left). We are always welcoming new partners and sponsors to share the limelight with us! If you'd like to know more, please send an e-mail to or call 757-622-1964

You can continue to save the Bay throughout the year by becoming a better Bay steward at home.

  1. Speak out! Let your voice be heard regarding important legislation affecting our Chesapeake Bay and rivers. Write or call your senators and congressional representative, urging them to vote in an environmentally responsible way.
  2. Use natural cleaners—use natural, non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaners like baking soda or borax with hot water for most household cleaning tasks. You'll be reducing toxic chemicals in wastewater while saving money.
  3. Reduce fertilizer use—always get a soil test first to be sure what your lawn requires; use fertilizer sparingly, and only when necessary. Excessive fertilizers contribute to nitrogen and phosphorous overload in rivers and the Bay, which can lead to low oxygen levels and dead zones.
  4. Remember "Only rain in storm drains"—allow only rain to go down the storm drain and use a broom not a hose or power blower, to clean debris from decks, patios and driveways. You'll save water, reduce emissions, and curb stormwater runoff.
  5. Practice Bay-friendly car care—take your vehicle to a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface with phosphate-free soap so water soaks into the ground, not into the storm drain.
  6. Reduce rainwater runoff—direct rainwater away from paved surfaces; direct gutter downspouts onto lawn or flower beds, or into a rain barrel.

For more ideas visit the More Things You Can Do section of this website.

If you would like more information about Clean the Bay Day, including sponsorship opportunities, please send an e-mail to


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