Volunteers give the Chesapeake Bay a spring cleaning

Clean the Bay Day, June 7, 2014. (WAVY/Rob Rizzo)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Volunteers gave the Chesapeake Bay a big spring cleaning Saturday morning.

Dozens of volunteers from churches, scout groups and the military participated in the Clean the Bay Day in Portsmouth.

PHOTOS: Clean the Bay Day

Ryan Thompson just moved to Hampton Roads, but he says he already feels connected to the community.

“It’s upsetting, seeing lots of trash on the beaches and parks like this,” said Thompson.

That’s why Thompson got to work Saturday morning, picking it up. He and his fellow sailors volunteered for Clean the Bay Day.

“We get a lot from the community, a lot of support from them, and it’s just a way to give back to the community,” said Robert Wagenman, also a Clean the Bay Day volunteer.

It’s also a way for sailors to take care of the water that means so much to them. The sailors picked up about 20 bags of trash during this year’s volunteer event.

This was the 26th annual Clean the Bay Day.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says an estimated 6,000 volunteers at nearly 250 sites across the state removed approximately 110,000 pounds of litter and debris along some 460 miles of shoreline.

The most common items found during the cleanup were plastic bottles, plastic bags, and cigarette butts.  Volunteers also pulled many strange items from rivers and streams, including a merry-go-round, a rice cooker, a laptop, dentures, a full bottle of wine, hair extensions, and a headless statue of St. Francis.

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