No matter where you
are from originally,
nearly all of us living in
the watershed enjoy
spending time on the
water. I see it every
time I go down to the
James River near our
office in Richmond.
People of all ages, races,
and nationalities look
to our waterways as a
place go to relax and recreate.
While I grew up on the Bay, my wife is
from Mexico, and we speak Spanish at
home. So when I began working at CBF,
it was natural for me to reach out to
Virginia’s Hispanic community.
We started by developing CBF flyers
and web pages in Spanish for Clean
the Bay Day. It was a hit. At one site,
over 50 people from the Hispanic
community cleaned up the James
River’s shores. Since then, I’ve spoken
regularly about Bay issues on a local
Spanish-language radio show. Hispanic
community leaders and youth have
come on CBF boat trips. In April,
we held a workshop in Spanish on
gardening and preventing runoff.
The enthusiasm of the people I’ve met
has been heartening. Most had never
heard of CBF before but are now eager
to join us in our fight for clean water.
It’s exciting to break down barriers and
bring a whole new community on board.
CBF Virginia Media Coordinator