June 1 Marks 25th Anniversary of a Virginia Tradition

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – Registrations are pouring in for the 25th annual Clean the Bay Day, a popular, successful statewide cleanup dedicated to helping restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. This year’s Clean the Bay Day is June 1.  Volunteers must register no later than May 29.

“The success of Clean the Bay Day exemplifies what can be achieved when local governments, businesses, and citizens work together to improve water quality,” said Tanner Council, CBF coordinator for the event. “We’re anticipating a tremendous turn-out for the silver anniversary celebration. Cleanup sites are filling quickly so we’re advising volunteers to register as soon as possible,” he said.

Each year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its numerous partners recruit thousands of volunteers to remove litter from waterways, roadways, and shorelines. In 2012, approximately 6,800 volunteers from communities throughout the Commonwealth removed more than 150,000 pounds of debris from nearly 500 miles of streams and shoreline. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged over 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of shoreline. 

The three-hour event involves volunteers from cities and counties, military installations, state parks, independent organizations, and numerous scout groups, businesses, churches, and civic organizations. This year, for the first time in Clean the Bay Day history, all Virginia state parks within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, from the Shenandoah Valley to the Eastern Shore, will host cleanup sites.

In recent years, organizers have noted a decrease in the overall quantity of litter, along with an increase in volunteer interest and involvement. Although much progress has been made, litter and particularly the less visible pollution in local waterways damages habitat for fish, crabs, and oysters. That pollution costs jobs and puts human health at risk. Clean the Bay Day, still going strong after 25 years, instills environmental stewardship in the thousands of volunteers who participate year after year.  That, and other water quality improvement efforts from the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, will have tangible benefits for future generations.

To volunteer, go to www.cbf.org/clean or call 800/SAVE BAY.

The 25th Anniversary of Clean the Bay Day is made possible by these Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsors:  CSX Transportation, Virginia Port Authority, Farm Fresh, River Network/Anheuser-Busch, HelioSage, Volvo Penta, 94.9 The Point, 101.3 2WD, and WVEC 13 News.