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Snapper2 Last Friday, Bay Daily looked forward to another successful Clean the Bay Day in Virginia. It turned out to be a huge success indeed.

More than 6,000 volunteers endured hot and humid weather Saturday to remove more than 179,000 pounds of trash from Chesapeake Bay tributaries as part of the annual Clean the Bay Day.

One of the most disturbing pieces of trash found was a tire around a dead snapping turtle.

The turtle, found by volunteers in Virginia Beach, was a reminder that keeping trash out of waterways is not just an aesthetic concern, but also a matter of protecting wildlife, said Sharon Smith, Clean the Bay Day coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Snapperintire “We have to keep this kind of pollution away from wildlife,” said Smith.  “In cleaning up, people develop a sense of stewardship over their rivers and streams and start to make the connection between what they do every day and how it impacts our waterways.”

Among the many rivers and streams across Virginia on Saturday were the James, York, Elizabeth and Lynnhaven rivers.  Click here to read the Virginian Pilot article on the cleanup.


By Tom Pelton

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

(Photos by Tuan Nguyen)



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Ohh.. Sad. Poor turtle.

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