Litter hating people in the place to be. We need volunteers for Clean the Bay Day in the NEON.
Break out your yard gloves and eye for litter, it’s neighborhood clean-up day y’all.
As part of Clean the Bay Day we’ll go block to block picking up garbage. Why? Because trash is nasty, but also because much of that litter would end up in the Bay, polluting an important natural habitat.
Clean the Bay Day happens all over Virginia. Last year approximately 6,000 volunteers removed more than 110,000 pounds of harmful debris from the environment, a stellar impact on our fragile little world.
The event takes place at 9am on Saturday, June 6. It is scheduled for 3 hours but last year we did it in about half that time.
You can continue to save the Bay throughout the year by becoming a better Bay steward at home.
image | Nick Fornaro for CBF
Here are a few ideas, courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation:
- Speak out! Let your voice be heard regarding important legislation affecting our Chesapeake Bay and rivers. Write or call your senators and congressional representative, urging them to vote in an environmentally responsible way.
- Use natural cleaners—use natural, non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaners like baking soda or borax with hot water for most household cleaning tasks. You’ll be reducing toxic chemicals in wastewater while saving money.
- Reduce fertilizer use—always get a soil test first to be sure what your lawn requires; use fertilizer sparingly, and only when necessary. Excessive fertilizers contribute to nitrogen and phosphorous overload in rivers and the Bay, which can lead to low oxygen levels and dead zones.
- Remember “Only rain in storm drains”—allow only rain to go down the storm drain and use a broom not a hose or power blower, to clean debris from decks, patios and driveways. You’ll save water, reduce emissions, and curb stormwater runoff.
- Practice Bay-friendly car care—take your vehicle to a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface with phosphate-free soap so water soaks into the ground, not into the storm drain.
- Reduce rainwater runoff—direct rainwater away from paved surfaces; direct gutter downspouts onto lawn or flower beds, or into a rain barrel.