Rivanna Master Naturalists Help Clean the Bay Again!

large group of volunteers receiving instructions from the leader

Volunteers receiving instructions before heading out to pick up trash.

Note: Thanks to Rivanna Master Naturalist Pat Klima for submitting the photos and text for this post!

Clean the Bay Day is an annual event coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to engage volunteers in removing trash from Virginia’s streams, rivers, and other waterways.  The 27th Clean the Bay Day was June 6 2015.  As in many past years, Rivanna Master Naturalists Tex Weaver and Pat Klima were Zone Captains at Riverview Park in Charlottesville.  They were joined by 28 volunteers, 13 of whom were Master Naturalists. Together, they removed more than 300 lbs of trash and debris to improve Riverview Park and the health of the Bay.

three smiling volunteers next to a table with a display

Rivanna Master Naturalists had a booth at the event.

Other Clean the Bay Day events happened at 275 sites around Virginia.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports this final tally of impacts:

Clean the Bay Day 2015 in a clamshell:
Approximately 6,000 volunteers
Removed over 105,000 pounds of debris…
From over 450 miles of stream and shoreline.
(All in just three hours!)

Join us next year on the first Saturday in June for Clean the Bay Day 2016!

two volunteers with a cart of trash they collected

Real trash from our Rivanna River!


volunteers standing next to all the trash they collected

Rivanna Master Naturalists and Site Captains with the final haul of the day!

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