Here’s a litter quiz: What are some of the the most frequently found litter items in annual clean-ups of Virginia’s waterways? According to Clean Virginia Waterways (http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/Index.html), the top five in 2015 were cigarette butts, food wrappers, glass beverage bottles, plastic beverage bottles, and beverage cans. Results in other years may differ, but every year waterways receive a large amount of litter that impairs water quality, habitat for aquatic organisms, and recreational and aesthetic values.
But also every year, Clean Virginia Waterways, a non-profit organization affiliated with Longwood University in Farmville, Va., organizes a statewide volunteer effort to remove litter from Virginia’s streams and coastal waters. Events take place from September 1 to October 31. To locate a Virginia clean-up event, visit http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/VolunteerForCleanup.html. For more information, phone (434) 395-2602; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virginia waterways clean-up is held in connection with the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup (http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/).
A Virginia Water Radio episode (3 minutes/23 seconds) about cleaning up trash from Virginia’s waterways is available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2015/08/episode-180-revisited-8-31-15-update-of.html. Have a listen!