Clean the Bay Day

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9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since it began in 1989, this Virginia tradition has engaged more than 170,066 volunteers who have removed approximately 7.30 million pounds of debris from more than 8,595 miles of shoreline.

Mark your calendar for our next annual Clean the Bay Day, Saturday, June 1, 2024. Sign up for CBF emails to ensure you get the latest event updates.

We would like to thank each and every one of our litter collectors, zone captains, and partners who worked together to make our 2023 Clean the Bay Day event possible. Watch our video to see why so many people participate.

Clean the Bay Day could not be the huge success that it is without everyone joining together and lending a hand. See our numbers and map of cleanup results.  Check out our photo album.

Find out more about what you can do to help save the Bay the rest of the year.

Clean the Bay Day 2023 Cleanup Map

Click on a circle for information about clean up efforts at that site.

In addition to the about 3,700 volunteers and 106,000 pounds of debris collected by community volunteers, we are thankful for our military partners who throughout the month of June had 853 volunteers remove 10,455 pounds of debris through their installations as part of Clean the Bay Day.

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, plan to restore and protect the Bay and its rivers and streams.

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. 

2023 Photo Album

Posted by Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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