Clean the Bay Day, 2013!
The 25th Annual Clean the Bay Day (CTBD) will be held on Saturday June 1, 2013, between 9:00 a.m. and noon at hundreds of sites throughout Virginia. This ‘silver anniversary’ represents a big year for the CTBD Program—and for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). The CBF and their partners are working at making it a big splash. They are taking on new partners in new locations, adding new features, and honoring the work of the many and varied groups that help CBF make it happen year after year.
Clean the Bay Day is a massive Virginia-wide stream and bay cleanup running 25 years strong. This three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact: Every year since 1989, thousands of volunteers of all ages have dedicated their time to clear debris from Virginia’s urban, suburban, and rural shorelines and waterways. 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. The 2012 event involved more than 22 cities and counties, 11 military installations, 20 independent organizations, and 11 state parks. 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 in Virginia alone.
Clean the Bay Day also sets the stage for moving beyond the visible pollution and tackling the major unseen threats to our fragile environment. Clean the Bay Day solicits intense community engagement and embodies a broad-reaching rally for clean, healthy waterways. The long term success of the CTBD program is a testament to the strides our society has made in environmental awareness and sounds a call of optimism and support for the work to come.
To join Bobby Sharon’s team and help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, please click on the link below: