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WHEREAS, residents across the Commonwealth of Virginia have demonstrated a commitment to conserve and restore natural places by removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of harmful trash and debris from Virginia’s waterways and shorelines on the first Saturday in June; and
WHEREAS, the clean-up efforts benefit and engage diverse people and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed; and
WHEREAS, a litter-free environment enhances the quality of life for all Virginians, and it is a basic necessity for environmental equity and justice; and
WHEREAS, healthy rivers and streams provide needed places for us to enjoy the outdoors, create economic opportunity, protect wildlife habitat, and escape the stresses of daily life; and
WHEREAS, reducing pollution in tributary streams is the key to restoring the Chesapeake Bay by 2025; and
WHEREAS, activities such as installing rain barrels and planting native plants also contribute to clean waterways; and
WHEREAS, restoring the Chesapeake Bay by 2025 will take action to reduce polluted runoff by homeowners, businesses, farmers, local governments, and state agencies; and
WHEREAS, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has worked to Save the Bay for over 50 years, and serves as the host of the clean-up each year; and
WHEREAS, expanding Clean the Bay Day to a six-day event this year gives Virginians greater flexibility and choice to do their part and remain safe;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 31 – June 5, 2021, as a six-day extended CLEAN THE BAY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.