Volunteers needed to Clean the Bay

Published 9:27 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Suffolk is calling on volunteers to participate in the 31st annual Clean the Bay, a regional waterway and shoreline litter cleanup sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The cleanup will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kayakers and canoers may register to clean the Nansemond River and Bennett’s Creek. Watercrafts will launch into the Nansemond River from the Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina located behind the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront hotel, or into the creek at the Bennett’s Creek Park boat ramp.

There will also be plenty of shoreline and land cleanups throughout the city, as well. Volunteers will receive bags, gloves and grabbers, plus extra-long grabbers for volunteers picking up trash in the wetlands.

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“Registering takes only seconds and helps us to coordinate all the cleanups across the city,” Suffolk Litter Control Coordinator Wayne Jones stated in the press release. “For parents, it’s a fun few hours with the kids and a great learning experience for all.

“I hope all the kayakers and canoers who came out last year return again. We are very fortunate to have a river running through the heart of our city, but we must be responsible for keeping it clean.”

More than 200 people registered for Clean the Bay Day in Suffolk last year, according to the press release. Anyone can volunteer — whether it’s individuals, families, civic organizations, business groups, Scouts or students.

“Clean the Bay Day is a great way for Virginians to do their part for the waterways we enjoy every day,” Tanner Council, CBF’s Clean the Bay Day coordinator, stated in the press release. “It’s really become a unique Virginia tradition. With so many people working together, in just a few hours we make a huge difference in cleaning up the bay, rivers, streams, lakes and beaches across the state.”

The cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Watercrafts will launch from the Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina, 100 E. Constance Road, and the Bennett’s Creek Park boat ramp, 3000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road.

Volunteers are also welcome to clean up on land at Constant’s Wharf Park and Bennett’s Creek Park, as well as Lake Meade Park at 201 Holly Lawn Parkway; Boston Park at 825 Lincoln Ave.; the Lake Prince boat ramp at 4324 Lake Prince Drive; and the Western Branch boat ramp on Girl Scout Drive.

All volunteers are welcome to participate. Register online at cbf.org/clean. Call Suffolk Litter Control Coordinator Wayne Jones at 514-7604 or email littercontrol@suffolkva.us for more information.