WHEREAS, the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia have a longstanding tradition of removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of harmful trash and debris from Virginia’s waterways and shorelines on a single day each year, demonstrating a true commitment to conservation and clean waterways; and
WHEREAS, the clean-up effort stretches from the hills and streams of Northern Virginia, to the Shenandoah Mountains, to the beaches of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore; and
WHEREAS, the first Saturday of June is one of the largest volunteer days in the Commonwealth, with over 7,000 Virginians participating at hundreds of cleanup sites annually; and
WHEREAS, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has led the efforts to Save the Bay for over 50 years, has dedicated itself to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, and serves as the host of the clean-up effort each year; and
WHEREAS, it is important to salute the outstanding partners in addition to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that help make the event possible, including Virginia’s state parks, military bases, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and dozens of local governments; and
WHEREAS, Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week takes place the first week of June, and is a time for us to recognize and celebrate our own connections to the Bay and our local waterways;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 1, 2019, as CLEAN THE BAY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.