Clean the Bay Day


Rose Ramsey (left) and her mother Angela get in some practice for a COVID-safe 2021 Clean the Bay Day along a local stretch of shoreline.

Kelly Ramsey


Mark your calendar for the 33rd Annual Clean the Bay Day, May 30–June 4, 2022.

Clean the Bay Day has been a staple for Virginia's Chesapeake Bay community since its inception 33 years ago. Each year, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. The event is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic and church groups to give back to their local waterways.

Even though the pandemic prevented us from gathering together as we have done in the past, last year's participants still collected more than 52,000 pounds of trash, planted hundreds of native plants, and installed several rain barrels during the expanded six-day event. Check out the Clean the Bay Day dashboard for details.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact April Strickland at 757-644-4115 or

For information about partnering with a cleanup location, call 757-644-4122 or send an email to

What You Can Do the Rest of the Year

While we pull some pretty bad stuff out of our waterways each year, we always encourage our volunteers to "go beyond litter" and address the less visible factors and behaviors that threaten the health the Bay. Check out more ideas for what you can do every day to help save the Bay.

To learn about ways you can improve water-quality and environmental awareness within the parameters of social distancing, check out this article on Keeping the Volunteer Spirit Alive at Home.

For even more ways to save the Bay from home, please consider taking our Save the Bay Pledge and/or register for our Walk the Watershed second annual virtual fundraising event.

About Clean the Bay Day

Every day, each of us can do our part to make the Chesapeake even more beautiful by preventing and picking up litter. Clean the Bay Day—a long-standing Virginia tradition 33 years in the making—inspires us to do just that. This annual event also introduces participants to some of the greater, unseen problems the Bay watershed faces such as degraded habitat, polluted runoff, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. Clean the Bay Day shows us that we all can be environmental stewards of our waters. We hope you will join us in our mission to Save the Bay by learning more about the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and work to restore and protect the Bay and it's rivers and streams.

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. 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! If you'd like more information about becoming a Clean the Bay Day partner, please email or call 757-644-4122.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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