Event participants from JBM-HH and ANC clean up the area near JBM-HH’s Bldgs. 325 and 330 and ANC’s Section 78. Numerous plastic bags, foil snack bags, plastic bottles and cigarette butts were removed from the mud and creek running along the wall, preventing them from further impacting the local water quality and wildlife. These materials and other litter can smother aquatic plants and animals and add contaminants to the water. Photo by Stacey Rosenquist

DPW volunteers participate in DOD’s ‘Clean the Bay’

On June 4, four volunteers from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Directorate of Public Works Environmental Management Division participated in a joint Department of Defense’s Chesapeake Bay Program — Clean the Bay.

The goal of the Clean the Bay Day is to protect the health of the Chesapeake Bay by cleaning up areas that drain to the bay on installations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. While JBM-HH does not have shoreline property, all of JBM-HH’s stormwater inlets eventually drain to the Chesapeake Bay.

“Therefore, it is still vitally important to collect trash before it enters stormdrains, nearby creeks and other waterbodies,” said coordinator of the event. “As part of these efforts, JBM-HH and (Arlington National Cemetery) participants conducted a cleanup of areas along both sides of the JBM-HH/ANC property boundary, specifically the fence line between Bldgs. 325 and 330 and ANC’s Section 78. As a result of the cleanup in this area, approximately 245 pounds of trash in seven large bags and approximately 1 cubic yard of scrap metal was removed from this area.”

The volunteers also cleaned the bioretention areas in the Old Post and Memorial chapel’s parking lot, the bioswales in the fitness center parking lot, the DPW 447 storage yard and areas around DPW’s Bldgs. 306 and 312.

Because of the cleanup in these areas, enough trash to fill approximately six large bags and several larger pieces of scrap metal were removed from the stormwater management facilities and areas around DPW’s buildings.

According to the Chesapeake Bay foundation, Clean the Bay — a long-standing Virginia tradition 33 years in the making — inspires individuals to do just that. The annual event also introduces participants to some of the greater, unseen problems the bay watershed faces such as degraded habitatpolluted runoff, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Clean the Bay Day shows us that we all can be environmental stewards of our waters,” according to the foundation.


Compiled by Catrina Francis

Pentagram Editor