Clean the Bay Day

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Kallie Vorobets/CBF Staff

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

This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since the event began in 1989, this Virginia tradition has engaged more than 165,500 volunteers who have removed approximately 7.18 million pounds of debris from more than 8,250 miles of land.

We would like to thank each and every one of our litter collectors, zone captains, and partners who worked together to make our 2024 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. Check out our photo album.

About 3,688 volunteers and more than 60 CBF partners gathered at more than 200 sites across Virginia on Saturday, June 1. While final results are still pending, so far more than 82,200 pounds of debris were removed from beaches, parks, shorelines, streams, rivers, and lakes.

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. 

2024 Photo Album

The Bay Needs You

The State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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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 advocating for a clean Bay, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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