Clean the Bay Day


31st Annual Clean the Bay Day

9:00 am-Noon

Several thousand volunteers across the Commonwealth made the 31st Annual Clean the Bay Day (CTBD) another great success. On Saturday, June 1, 2019, in just three short hours, they unburdened hundreds of miles of stream and shoreline of harmful debris and litter by the ton.

CBF dedicated the event to those affected by the May 30th shooting in Virginia Beach and held a moment of silence for the victims at many cleanup sites.

"This tragedy is heartbreaking," said CBF Hampton Roads Director Christy Everett. "Virginia Beach is the birthplace of Clean the Bay Day. Through the years the city has been one of our most important partners in restoring our waterways. Our colleagues and friends in that building worked tirelessly for clean water. We dedicate this Clean the Bay Day to the victims of the Virginia Beach shooting."

Approximately 3,500 volunteers gathered at nearly 200 sites all over Virginia, removing an estimated 45,000 pounds of litter and debris over an estimated 250 miles of shoreline. All those individual contributions have a massive cumulative effect:Elected officials from all levels of government and both sides of the aisle participated, many of whom took to social media (#CleanTheBayDay) to voice their support of CBF and the Bay. See our map of cleanup results.  Check out our photo album.

There was a great showing of elected officials, appointees, their staff, and press. For the second year, the "Omni-Cat," an innovative pontoon boat that collects trash floating in waterways, was hauled in from Illinois and to lend support in some areas in major need of cleaning.

    As usual, the most common items found during the cleanup were plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and cigarette butts. Participants also found many strange (and dangerous) items including appliances, car and boat parts, a 16-foot cattle panel, dozens of tires—including one weighing 57-pounds—half of a laptop, a keyboard, a car grill, a stadium seat, a cowbell, a gold watch, and a small amount of cash, and much, much more.

    Since the event began in 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged approximately 161,700 volunteers who have removed more than 7.1 million pounds of debris from more than 8,000 miles of shoreline.

    Find out more about Clean the Bay Day and what you can do to help Save the Bay the rest of the year.

    Mark your calendar for the 32nd Annual Clean the Bay Day, Saturday, June 6, 2020
    For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact April Strickland at 757-644-4115 or

    Clean the Bay Day 2019 Cleanup Map

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

    Photo Album

     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.

     About 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 degrading habitat, polluted runoff, 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.






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