Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week Begins June 4

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual Clean the Bay Day affords residents the chance to give back to local waterways by cleaning up shorelines. (Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

ANNAPOLIS — The seventh annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week takes place June 4-12, with events taking place throughout the watershed to raise awareness about a valuable economic and environmental resource that directly connects over 18 million residents.

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week has been officially designated in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In 2022, Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week will celebrate restoration projects throughout the region with celebratory events spanning the watershed from Virginia to New York.

Events may be found on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Attend an Event calendar, and organizations may also submit their own events to be added to the calendar.

Some of the notable activities that will be held during the nine-day celebration:

  • Clean the Bay Day: Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on June 4 at a true Virginian tradition! This annual opportunity affords families, businesses and civic or church groups the chance to give back to local waterways by cleaning up shorelines.
  • Lancaster Water Week: Celebrate the unique waterways of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and learn about its challenges and opportunities with events running from June 3 to June 12.
  • Patuxent River Wade-In: Celebrate the legacy of Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler on June 12 at the 35th Patuxent River Wade-In! Mr. Fowler started the “white sneaker” test as a means of checking water clarity.

This year’s theme highlights the ways communities, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are working to restore the health of their local ecosystems, with each day focusing on different types of restoration.

Participating groups and individuals can promote their interests and offerings as well as how they rely on clean water over social media. Follow #BayAwarenessWeek on social media during June 4-12 to see the work being done to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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