I live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Today is the 25th annual Clean the Bay Day.
Last week I signed up online to volunteer in Norfolk, Virginia. The website said I would be contacted by the site captain and told when and where to go this morning. I never heard from the site captain, to my disappointment.
If I had gone to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation website I would have learned that there were overflow sites nearby where I could just show up to participate. But I didn't know about that.
So Toby and I did our part privately. We went to the wooded area next to Edinburgh Park (where Toby got his Park Day 2.0 Bingo). I figured two grocery bags was all I could carry, so that's what I took along. These woods are evidently used by teenagers and others, though we never see anyone during the day. This is our haul:
|Good boy Toby! All that junk can be recycled or disposed of properly so it doesn't leach chemicals into the soil or end up floating in the Chesapeake Bay.|
|I saw another bottle on the way home, for a total of 20 water bottles recycled.|
|I picked up 3 more beer cans on the way home, for a total of 17 aluminum cans.|
|None of this is recyclable. I put it in the trash can at the park for the city to pick up. It will go to the landfill instead of the soil and water locally.|
|Our city recycles cardboard and foil.|
|Can you believe I found this? Way to go "responsible dog owner" - NOT! Putting the poop in a plastic wrapper and then dropping it in the woods does not make it more environmentally friendly!|
*It's more than "just the bay!" Click here to learn whether and how you might impact the Chesapeake Bay by living in the watershed.