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Inside a Cleanup Event: What We Find in Our Waterways

Be a part of restoring our wetlands—volunteer for a cleanup!

A diverse array of wildlife depends on the Chesapeake Bay’s wetlands for survival, but these animal refuges are rapidly disappearing. More than 60 percent of the watershed’s historic wetlands are gone due to coastal development, rising sea levels and damage from non-native species.

This habitat loss affects more than just the waterfowl, crabs, oysters and thousands of other aquatic creatures. Wetlands also play crucial roles in the ecosystem, acting as water filters and controlling flood and storm water. Not to mention they’re essential to the Chesapeake Bay area’s economy and recreational pastimes.

In order to protect these critical habitats, we all need to pitch in. Join our Conservation Team for their next event to make a difference. Get your hands dirty restoring the sand dunes in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17; or join scientists and naturalists on Saturday, June 28, as they find, identify and record the various living organisms that inhabit Masonville Cove.

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Chesapeake Bay Field Office, The Value of Wetlands

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