2022 Clean the Bay Day

Clean the Bay Your Way

Clean the Bay Day has been an annual Virginia tradition since its inception more than three decades ago. Year after year, thousands of Virginians work across the state to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by removing litter and debris from its rivers and streams. When the pandemic prevented us from gathering, we adapted and created Clean the Bay Your Way to allow our beloved tradition to continue.

Get Started

Step 1: Registration

There is no cost to participate in Clean the Bay Day but donations are always welcome.

There are two types of DIY registrations this year.

  • Virtual Team Registration: Schools, families, companies, localities, individual groups, or communities are encouraged to create a virtual team to help clean up their portion of the Chesapeake Bay's watershed. Team litter cleanups will be conducted separately and their litter pounds will be aggregated in the teams' dashboards. This allows for participants to be united but still remain safe in the midst of the pandemic.
  • Individual Registration: Individuals are encouraged to register as a single participant.

Step 2: Clean the Bay Your Way and Logging Your Data

  • The data collection form will be available to all registered participants at the start of the DIY event on May 30.
  • Each registered participant will have their own link to the data collection form. Please do not share your link with anyone.
  • Links to your data collection form will be available from your Participant Center.
  • There are no assigned cleanup areas for DIY week and you are not required to register for specific time slots.
  • Participants have the flexibility to do a cleanup at any public location or private property where permission has been given.
  • If you know of a site that is in need of a cleanup, you have permission to be on that property, and are taking the proper safety precautions, and disposing of the trash yourself, clean away.

Participants must adhere to all current Virginia COVID-19 guidelines and will be asked to sign a waiver during registration.

About Clean the Bay Day

Every day, each of us can do our part to make the Chesapeake even more beautiful by preventing and picking up litter. Clean the Bay Day—a long-standing Virginia tradition more than three decades in the making—inspires us to do just that. This annual event also introduces participants to some of the greater, unseen problems the Bay watershed faces such as degraded habitat and polluted runoff, including nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. Clean the Bay Day shows us that we all can be environmental stewards of our waters.

Clean the Bay Day is predicated on strong, lasting partnerships with municipalities, non-profits, the U.S. military, businesses, and corporate sponsors. We are grateful to our supporters and always welcome new partners and sponsors!

If you'd like more information about becoming a Clean the Bay Day partner, please email ctbd@cbf.org.

We would like to send a special thank you to the below sponsors who are helping make the 2022 Clean the Bay Day possible.

Blue Crab Sponsors

Ulliman Schutte - Alberici Joint Venture
River Network - connecting people saving rivers
Ball Corporation

Oyster Sponsors

Avangrid Renewables
HighLiner Foods
The Port of Virginia
PRA Group

In-Kind Support

Dumpsters.com - Clear the way for what's next.
College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving

Event Information

For additional event information and resources, visit the below links:

Remember to Stay Safe

All participants should follow Virginia's guidelines for COVID-19 precautions.

Questions? Contact us at ctbd@cbf.org.

2021 Highlights

Check out these highlights from the 2021 event.

Main Photo: U.S. Representative Rob Wittman and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Director Rebecca LePrell clean up trash along the James River in Richmond, Virginia as part of Clean the Bay Day 2016.
Photo Credit: Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

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