Volunteers prepare for upcoming Clean the Bay Day


by Joe Flanagan, 13News


Posted on May 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 6:41 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH--Orgainizers of the 25th annual Clean The Bay Day hope thousands of  volunteers turn out Saturday, June 1 to help clean up debris along our shorelines. 

Many people think of the Chesapeake Bay when they hear about the event, but tributaries and rivers are also littered with debris that flows into the Bay. Organizers say the event covers 70 sites around the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere in Virginia. 

“365 days a year, the Bay works for us. We feel that this one day, for just three hours, people can do their part and work for the Bay. And it is very rewarding when you are finished, knowing you played a part in preserving a part of the all important ecosystems here in Hampton Roads,” said Tanner Councilman of The Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

During the 2011 Clean the Bay Day, more than 6,500 volunteers removed more than 200,000 pounds of debris along more than 500 miles of shoreline.

The following locations can handle additional volunteers:

In Gloucester:  Crown Point Marina
Details: Crown Pointe Marina, 9737 Cooks Landing Road, Hayes, VA
Contact: Kimmarie DaSilva (Kim), office@crownpointemarina.com, (w) 804-642-6177, (c) 804-832-3684

In Norfolk:  Ocean View Walk-Up Site.
Details: This large zone runs between Capeview Avenue and 11th Bay Street. Meeting time is 8:15 a.m. Meeting location is 4th Bay Street and East Ocean View Avenue
Contact: John Deuel with Keep Norfolk Beautiful, 757-441-1347

In Northern Virginia:  Mason Neck State Park
Details: Participants will meet in the park's Visitor Center parking lot at 7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079.
Contact: Colin Riley, 703-200-3994, fairfaxwatershed@yahoo.com

In Poquoson:  Messick Point
Details: The end of Messick Road, Poquoson
Contact: Mel Insley, minsley@poquoson-va.gov 757-868.3580

In Portsmouth:  City Park
Details: Arrive and search out the Zone Captain (there will be multiple, all in white Clean the Bay Day shirts). They will direct you to your clean-up site.
Contact: Anika Williams, anika.williams@portsmouthva.gov 757-393-8085

On Tangier Island:  Tangier
Details: Since Tangier is so small, it's easy to find any of our sites, marked by the presence of big orange bags.
Contact: John Pruitt, tangierpride@yahoo.com 757-934-1368

In Virginia Beach:  TriCampus Area
Details: Volunteers should meet at Diamond Springs Elementary School, 5225 Learning Circle, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Ryan Ruzic will be the Zone Captain there. Please be sure to check in and register with Ryan.
Contact: Anne Marie Studds, amstudds@vbgov.com, 757-385-0472