CBF’s Hampton Roads Grassroots
Manager Tanner Council describes
Hampton resident Claire Neubert as
“one of the most prolific volunteers
CBF has ever worked with. For
anyone wondering if they can make
a difference,” he says “Claire Neubert
represents what is possible when you
build on what you know and love…and
how far that can take you.”
Claire does it, she says, “because the
great blue heron that sits on my dock
every morning can’t.”
But, how did she get started? The
answer is something Claire enjoys
sharing, hoping her story will give
others the inspiration they need to find
When Claire moved to Hampton in
2006, a neighbor suggested she try
oyster gardening. “It sounded like a
cool thing to do, so I did!,” says Claire.
“Oysters gave me a connection and
awareness of the water that I may
otherwise not have had.”
Over the years, oysters led Claire to
escalate her engagement in other clean-water activities, joining CBF’s VoiCeS
Program (Volunteers as Chesapeake
Stewards), participating in Clean the
Bay Day, and ultimately accepting the
position of Chairman at the City of
Hampton Waterways Restoration Project.
Somewhere along the way, Claire
remembers Tanner saying, “You can pick
up litter forever. The only way to really
change things is through legislation.”
“My ‘How can I do that?’ evolved into
‘How can I NOT do that?,’” Claire recalls.
“Good thing I’m not alone!,” she says.
“My voice is really one among a choir
of amazing and dedicated people who
cheer, advocate, and work hard to save
No longer hesitant to engage in
advocacy, Claire meets often with local,
state, and federal elected officials to
advocate for clean water and is
regularly published in the Virginia
peninsula’s’ Daily Press.
are one voice for
CBF’s founders started with a simple
concept: create an organized voice for
citizens to combat the pollution and
development affecting the Chesapeake
Bay. What began as a staff of three and
2,000 members working to save the Bay
has, fifty years later, engaged hundreds
of thousands of advocates in the fight for
CBF aims to significantly increase, diversify,
and intensify the voices demanding clean
water in congressional offices, the courts,
and our communities. CBF will mobilize this
powerful network of engaged individuals
to ensure the successful implementation of
pollution-reduction commitments by 2025.
Together, our collective voices will help
save the Bay.
Please join us at cbf.org/takeaction.
JESSICA NEUBER T
In 2006, CBF Clean Water Captain Claire Neubert began volunteering with CBF as an
oyster gardener. To date, she alone has raised over 7,500 oysters. And, from writing
letters to her local paper to visiting her legislators on Capitol Hill, Claire continues to find
new ways to help save the Bay.
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