Annual Clean the Bay Day (courtesy photo)


Each year thousands of volunteers will join together across Virginia this June to clean up litter along waterways from the Eastern Shore to the Blue Ridge Mountains in celebration of the 30th annual Clean the Bay Day. The City’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, Stormwater Management Division and Resource Recovery Division, in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will hold the pearl anniversary of this shoreline cleanup on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street. 
 
Storm drains are connected directly to our local streams and waterways. That means that litter thrown on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks can wash down storm drains to our local streams, the Potomac River, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, approximately 6,000 volunteers participated in Clean the Bay Day at 250 sites, on foot and in boats removing approximately 100,000 pounds of litter and debris along 450 miles of shoreline.
 
Early registration is advised. Volunteers interested in participating are asked to visit www.cbf.org/clean to register.