Saturday, March 25, 2023

Calling all environmentalists: Volunteers needed for Clean the Bay Day

VIRGINIA BEACH — Last year, thousands of volunteers removed about 100,000 pounds of trash and litter from Virginia waterways.

This year, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is searching for more people who want to do the same at the organization’s 30th-annual Clean the Bay Day.

First founded in 1989 by a group of Hampton Roads residents who were concerned about the region’s waterways, the annual event has transformed into a state-wide initiative that cleaned up 450 miles of shoreline last year.

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Hosted at 250 sites across Virginia — including Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore — the June 2 event aims to strengthen the Commonwealth’s waterways. This year, volunteers will be asked to clean up from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Over the past 30 years Clean the Bay Day has become a true Virginian tradition. It’s so simple, yet so effective,” said CBF Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager Tanner Council in a news release. “Litter is the most obvious sign of pollution in our waterways. When thousands of people work together, they make an amazing improvement along hundreds of miles of shoreline.”

Interested in participating? Register here.

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