Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will participate in the 30th annual Clean the Bay Day with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) on Virginia’s Eastern Shore the morning of this Saturday, June 2. After a brief visit to Kiptopeke State Park, the Governor will visit Cape Charles Harbor at 9 a.m. There Gov. Northam will give remarks and clean up litter and debris with CBF President William C. Baker, CBF Board of Trustees Chairman Harry T. Lester, Sen. Lynwood Lewis, Cape Charles Mayor-Elect Smitty Dize, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Director Clyde Cristman, and other distinguished guests and local residents.
A group of Virginians concerned about litter coordinated the first Clean the Bay Day in 1989. It has grown into an unparalleled cleanup event in which volunteers remove trash from land and waterways at hundreds of sites across the state. Last year, about 6,000 volunteers participated in Clean the Bay Day, on foot and in boats removing approximately 100,000 pounds of litter and debris along 450 miles of shoreline. Since 1989 Clean the Bay Day volunteers have removed more than 6.5 million pounds of debris from beaches, shorelines, and state and local parks. Virginia State Parks have been a key longtime partner in this effort to clean up and beautify our creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.