PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The annual Clean the Bay Day took a new and virtual form in 2021. Instead of one large event, volunteers took action at their own pace over a six-day period.
Overall, volunteers were able to pick up 52,306 pounds of litter. They also planted 512 native plants and installed nine rain barrels.
“We have a saying in our area that all things eventually lead to a waterway,” said Michael Moore, with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation.
That’s why Moore said it’s so important to get involved and help clean the bay.
“This was simply amazing. Despite not being together, everyone still worked together for a healthy environment,” said CBF Clean the Bay Day Coordinator Kristin Webb. “People cleaned up tens of thousands of pounds of litter everywhere from local parks, streams, and beaches to streets and playgrounds. So many pitched in, from families and friends to Governor Northam and members of Congress. What a wonderful week.”
Progress was registered through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s website. Moore adds the event is not only aimed at keeping the Chesapeake Bay beautiful, but all of our parks and waterways.
So, pick up trash wherever you see it.
“Park site, waterway, stream, Lynnhaven River, Chesapeake Bay, Elizabeth River anywhere. Just make a difference,” Moore said.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cleaned up litter along the James River with members of his cabinet and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Other officials, including US Representatives and State Delegates, participated.