About Clean Virginia Waterways

Clean Virgina Waterways is an award-winning, statewide, nonprofit organization located on the Longwood University campus in Farmville, Virginia. We are:

Our Staff
Click here to learn about our staff, researchers and student interns.

Clean Virginia Waterways’ Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Statement
CVW is committed to working for cleaner water in Virginia in a just and equitable way. This includes a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion –all are essential to achieving our mission and vision. Since 1995, CVW has demonstrated in its programming that we can accomplish far more together than alone.

Clean Virginia Waterways supports all aspects of the Longwood University Non-Discrimination Policy, and the Longwood University Student Handbook's statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Partners of the Virginia Waterways Cleanup
part of the International Coastal Cleanup

Our Virginia Waterways Cleanup partners include corporations, foundations, and individual donors that make it possible for thousands of Virginians to participate in caring for our rivers and beaches. Thank you!

Financial Support Partners
Booz Allen Hamilton
Dominion Foundation
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (see the license plate below. PLEASE buy this license plate for your car! You will be supporting MANY worthy projects that are working for a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers too!)


In-Kind support
Longwood University
Ocean Conservancy
Glad Trash Bags
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (State Parks and Adopt-A-Stream program)
Virginia Coastal Program (VA Department of Environmental Quality)

CVW also thanks our past partners which include Oracle, Philip Morris USA, Delmarva Power, Dominion Foundation, Coke-Cola. To become a partner, please contact Clean Virginia Waterways (434-395-2602 or cleanva@longwood.edu).

Participating Organizations
Hundreds of youth groups, schools, businesses, parks and towns have participated in the annual Virginia Waterways Cleanup! See who is working on cleaner water in Virginia!






Contact Clean Virginia Waterways

For Press information about all Clean Virginia Waterway's activities, contact:

Clean Virginia Waterways
Longwood University
201 High Street (Stevens 113)
Farmville, VA 23909

Phone: 434-395-2602
Fax: 434-395-2978
Email: cleanva@longwood.edu

Please let us know if you would like to be added to Clean Virginia Waterways' email list. You will receive notices of upcoming water stewardship activities, news about Virginia's waterways, and other interesting things. CVW does not give its email list to any other organization or business. We promise that you will get no more than 12 emails from us per year!


Clean Virginia Waterways: Our Mission

The mission of Clean Virginia Waterways is to enhance the health of Virginia’s water resources through pollution prevention, education and stewardship activities involving Virginians from the classroom to the boardroom.

Clean Virginia Waterways: Our Vision

Our vision for the future is the same as our name: Clean Virginia Waterways.

Strategic Goals

• Educate the public, school children and teachers about freshwater and marine pollution as well as measures needed to reduce pollution and enhance conservation of Virginia's waterways.
• Clean Virginia's waterways and shorelines of debris and litter through volunteer effort; recycle items when possible.
• Collect, analyze and share valuable data about the debris found on our waterways in order to find solutions.
• Increase understanding of the health of Virginia’s waters through training volunteers to collect water quality data.
• Help Virginians conserve and protect our water quality.

History of Clean Virginia Waterways




What We Do

All of our work is dedicated to increasing citizen stewardship of Virginia's water resources.

The Annual Virginia Waterways Cleanup

Since 1995, Clean Virginia Waterways has coordinated the annual Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup).CVW is recognized by Ocean Conservancy as the formally sanctioned State Coordinating Body for the International Coastal Cleanup, held annually in September and October. The International Coastal Cleanup is the world's largest volunteer effort to collect data about trash and debris in the aquatic environment.

Water-Related Education

Clean Virginia Waterways presents workshops, courses and professional development for teachers, students, landowners. We also co-sponsor an annual conference for water quality professionals.

Litter Prevention and Marine Debris Leadership

Thanks to the data collected by our volunteers since 1995, Clean Virginia Waterways has developed expertise in marine debris issues including an understanding of the sources, impacts and solutions to marine debris. CVW staff have researched, written and spoken extensively on these topics.

Service to Longwood University and Virginia

Clean Virginia Waterways' staff serves on the Virginia Resource Use Education Council and the Virginia Water Monitoring Council's steering committee. CVW also frequently advises state and local government agencies on pollution prevention topics. CVW is active on the Longwood University campus too -- we serve on Longwood's Sustainability Committee, Water Use Task Force and other campus committees. CVW has worked with hundreds of Longwood students since 1999, helping them with research papers and community service projects. We provide frequent guest lectures for courses, and offer internships in our office.