NORFOLK- Millions of pounds of debris have been kept out of the Chesapeake Bay thanks to volunteers who go on trash patrol - walking streets and shorelines and even going out on boats to pick up trash.
This June 1st marks the 25th anniversary of Clean the Bay Day – the statewide cleanup dedicated to helping restore the Bay and its rivers and streams.
Last year, nearly 7,000 volunteers across Virginia 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.
Cigarette butts, plastic bottles and bags, tires, paper, furniture, bikes, and construction materials, are just a sample of the types of debris that pollute our shorelines and waterways, kill marine and other wildlife, and degrade our communities and the water quality of the Bay, Foundation officials say.
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.
It's Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Website or call 1-800-SAVE BAY.