Clean the Bay Day

30th Annual Clean the Bay Day


9:00 am-Noon

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Thirty years strong, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.

*Some locations have different clean-up days or times

  • Town of Shenandoah: April 21, 2018
  • High Bridge Trail State Park: June 2, 2018  1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Windsor Castle Park: June 2, 2018  8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Find a location near you!

This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged over 152,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 6.4 million pounds of debris from nearly 7,390 miles of shoreline in Virginia!

Signing up for Clean the Bay Day is easy. Look over our interactive map or list of areas with clean-up sites, choose your locality, and then register yourself or your group. From there, your information is sent to a Clean the Bay Day partner near you. You will then be assigned to a specific clean up location. When you show up that day, just come prepared to help pick up litter and debris! All clean-up supplies will be provided on site.

We Need Zone Captains
Want to be a Clean the Bay Day Zone Captain? These volunteers help to organize a specific location and ensure a safe and successful cleanup. Zone Captains arrive to their sites earlier than volunteers, meet and gree volunteers, collect signatures and other pertinent documentation required by CBF, answer questions, provide guidance, and phone-in/upload data collected to their local representative.

If you would like to be a Zone Captain, just select the option on the registration form. If you are registering by email, just include your interest in your message.

While litter is easily prevented and can be picked up by anyone on any given morning, tackling the major unseen threats to the Bay watershed, like habitat loss, sediment,  and nutrient pollution, requires broad and focused support. Clean the Bay Day often serves as a gateway program through which children and adults embrace environmental stewardship of their waterways. We hope you will help us in our mission to Save the Bay by learning more about the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, our best and perhaps only chance to finally restore and protect the Bay and her rivers and streams.

Clean the Bay Day is a model for cooperation: The program is built on lasting relationships between dozens of cities and counties, non-profits, military installations, small businesses and large corporations. On Clean the Bay Day, we all come together with families, individuals, church groups, and elected officials from local, state and federal levels for a common cause: clean water.

We are always welcoming new partners and sponsors to share the limelight with us! If you'd like to know more, please send an email to or call 757-622-1964.

Clean the Bay Day is a big day for the Bay each year; but it shouldn't be the only day. Check out more ideas for what you can do every day to help Save the Bay.



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