In FY2018, DoD installations hosted many volunteer-based events, such as Clean the Bay Day, Clean the Base Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Public Lands Day. Through these events, installations provided opportunities to engage in stewardship activities that contribute to the physical restoration of the Bay.
Learning about Agriculture
In April 2018, the ARNG in VA participated in the 3rd Grade Agriculture Awareness Days at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Blackstone, Virginia. More than 400 students, teachers, and parents visited during the two-day event. The event included 15 learning stations and covered topics like soil erosion and the water cycle. ARNG had a station that demonstrated the importance of worms to enhance soil health and composition.
Keeping our Nation’s Capital Clean
In 2018, Arlington National Cemetery (VA) along with the National Park Service held its second annual clean-up of Memorial Avenue in Arlington, Virginia. In total, eight volunteers removed 17 pounds of trash and debris from the road and nearby greenspaces. The event successfully reduced the chance for pollutants to enter storm drains and subsequently, the Potomac River.
Providing Recreation at MCB Quantico
MCB Quantico (VA) expanded public access by extending the Breckenridge Bike Trail in FY2018. The Quantico Mountain Bike Club volunteered 1,000 hours to build 15 miles of dirt trails for bicyclists and pedestrians. In August 2018, the trail opened to the public, creating new opportunities to experience and enjoy the extensive natural areas found at the installation.
DoD Installations Cleaning the Bay For the 30th anniversary of Clean the Bay Day, 1,291 military service members and their families at DoD installations Bay-wide joined with local communities to show their commitment to a cleaner and healthier Bay. They cleaned 33 miles of shoreline and removed 28,035 pounds of trash and debris from waterways.
Coming together for a cleaner Bay
Camp Peary partnered with their 4-H Club to celebrate Clean the Bay Day. During the event, 40 adult and children volunteers collected litter and debris from three miles of shoreline along the York River. Together, the group removed approximately 750 pounds of litter and debris.
Working together to reduce stormwater pollution impacts
On National Public Lands Day, Fort George G. Meade engaged volunteers to provide needed maintenance for stormwater BMPs and educate event attendees about stormwater pollution. Volunteers also replaced plants that died due to weed proliferation with new Black-eyed Susan and switchgrass.
Protecting the Potomac waterfront Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling hosted an Earth Day event, during which volunteers collected 84 bags of recyclable material, 86 bags of trash, and approximately 45 pounds of bulk trash from six different zones along the Potomac waterfront. Sponsors included the Anacostia Watershed Society and DC Water.
Engaging the public through recreation U.S. Army Garrison Adelphi Laboratory Center Blossom Point Research Facility hosted a Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) White-tailed Deer Hunting Workshop. This two-day event gives women introductory experiences and instruction on deer biology, tracking, and tree stand and fire arms safety, helping to increase the connection between the surrounding land and the event’s attendees.
Brainstorming solutions for tomorrow
The Pentagon hosted an Earth Day event, bringing together more than 75 DoD employees, guests, and speakers from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. Attendees discussed climate change and its potential impacts on mission accomplishment, including rising sea-levels threatening coastal installations and rising temperatures affecting our troops’ safety and ability to perform.
Working together to beautify Virginia’s Patton Park Fort Lee partnered with the City of Petersburg to celebrate Earth Day by beautifying Patton Park along the Appomattox River. Approximately 100 volunteers came together to clean multiple park sites, plant wildlife and pollinator plants, and install two raingardens that capture stormwater runoff and reduce the amount of pollutants discharging to the river.
Celebrating Arbor Day at one of the Nation’s most sacred places
On Arbor Day, Arlington National Cemetery hosted visitors for a ceremonial tree planting, and a walking tour of trees within the cemetery and the Memorial Arboretum.
Advancing students’ environmental awareness
In partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, NAS Oceana hosted the first-ever STEM outdoor laboratory for local grade school students from approximately 60 schools. More than 6,500 fifth graders experienced hands-on instruction in STEM subjects and participated in engineering design challenges. The DoD CBP and Naval Fleet Forces Command also supported the event with exhibits on pollution prevention and sustainability.
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