Family participates in Clean the Bay Day at Kiptopeke State Park. Photo by Kevin DuBoisA family participates in Clean the Bay Day at Kiptopeke State Park. Photo by Kevin DuBois

29th Annual Clean the Bay Day

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.-Noon
*Some locations have different clean-up days or times

Registration Now Open!
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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. 29 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.

This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged over 146,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 6.4 million pounds of debris from nearly 6,900 miles of shoreline in Virginia!

Signing up for Clean the Bay Day is easy. Look over the 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.

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, require broad and focused support. Clean the Bay Day often performs as a gateway program through which children and adults alike 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.

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. 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.


Rockfish Sponsor

Logo: CSX

Oyster Sponsor

Logo: Port of Virginia

Shad Sponsor

Logo: Old Point National Bank

Logo small: River Network
Logo: Budweiser


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.

CTBD 2016 in a clamshell:
Approximately 6,000 volunteers
Removed about 138,000 pounds of debris
From over 440 miles of stream and shoreline.
(All in just three hours!)
VIPs: A mix of 20 elected officials (federal, state and local), gov’t appointees + miscellaneous staff and aides, sponsors and press
Cities/Counties Represented: 18
Independent Organizations Represented: 25
Military Installations Represented: 13 (over 1,200 enlisted and their families)
State Parks Represented: 22
Total Sites: ~265

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