Saturday, June 5th is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Most people think of the Chesapeake Bay as something off the east coast of Virginia but if you drive down I-81 you will most likely notice the sign that says “Leaving the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”
A watershed is “all the land that drains into a given body of water. This body of water can be a creek, pond, river or ocean.” Sixty percent of Virginia is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and two-thirds of its population lives there.
Few will argue that the Bay is sick. Streams, rivers and tributaries that feed into the Bay are polluted and seafood is much less plentiful. The Bay and its pollution is not just Virginia’s problem. According to Wikipedia:
The Chesapeake Bay’s drainage basin covers 64,299 square miles in the District of Columbia and parts of six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay.
Clean the Bay Day