Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Do everyone a favor and help ‘Clean the Bay.’ This organization has been doing it for 30 years

In 1989, a group of Hampton Roads residents concerned about litter launched Clean the Bay to clean up trash and debris from the areas waterways.

A number of years later, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation took over organizing the even to generate more community involvement. This June will mark its 30th anniversary.

Each year on the first Saturday in June, about 6,000 volunteers pitch in at hundreds of sites across the state to remove many thousands of pounds of debris from Virginia parks and waterways.

The event will include litter cleanup on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, remarks from the founders and CBF on the beginnings and growth of this phenomenon, and vintage Clean the Bay Day materials from the 1980s and 1990s.

Kenny Fletcher of the CBF said “this grassroots cleanup has made a big difference in improving our waterways by engaging Virginians to tackle litter, a very visible and pervasive form of pollution that often is a sign of other problems.”

Clean the Bay Day frequently springboards participants into citizen action and advocacy to address other dangerous forms of pollution.

Since the event started in 1989 volunteers have picked up more than 6.5 million pounds of debris. This year Clean the Bay Day will take place on June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration is available on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation website.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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