Clean The Bay Day
To mark Clean the Bay Day’s 30th anniversary, families, military installations, businesses, and residents gathered at sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to pick up trash, litter, and debris. This year, 1,291 military service members and their families joined the community to show their commitment to a cleaner and healthier Bay. Thanks to some great organization by DoD coordinators and zone captains, the number of DoD volunteers increased 13% from last year. Volunteers cleaned 33 miles of shoreline and the number of pounds of trash and debris removed doubled to 28,035 lbs. (or approximately 14 tons)! The usual culprits that made up floatable marine debris were well represented including cigarette butts, plastic bags and bottles, aluminum cans, and pieces of wood. Participants also recorded unusual items found during the cleanup including a STOP sign, a Dora the Explorer stuffed head, a skeleton face ball, a 350-lb. piece of workout equipment, half a fence, and a message in a bottle. Thanks to all our DoD volunteers for stepping up and taking personal responsibility for the Bay’s health and for demonstrating why the DoD is such a valuable partner in Chesapeake Bay restoration!
See you in May 2019 !
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