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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.
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How Virginia is Stopping Polluted Runoff with the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund A restored stream in Banks Neighborhood Park. Given that more than 1 million people call Fairfax County home, there are plenty of homes, roads, and parking lots in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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SWEEP students enjoy the opportunity to paddle a canoe and investigate the health of local waterways through a variety of hands-on activities like up-close studies of the bugs and other species living in the water. Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators Tom... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot. CBF volunteers plant a garden in Hampton in Fall 2016. Practices such as rain gardens and dry wells can help alleviate nuisance flooding while also improving water quality. Photo by CBF Staff. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Students quietly enjoy a Marsh Symphony as they listen to the subtle sounds of the salt marsh on Smith Island. Photo by Kathlean Davis. Pablo Picasso once said, "every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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A growing oyster with CBF's oyster planting boat, the Patricia Campbell, in the background. The Bay's native oyster population began to rebound in 2016, in large part to restoration efforts. Photo by Nick Caloyianis. It's hard to believe, but 2016... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Volunteers at the planting of Second Baptist Church's rain garden. Photo by Arthur Kay. One of the beautiful things about efforts to improve the environment is they so often come with additional benefits. Second Baptist Church in Richmond bears witness... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Hundreds of baskets full of adult oysters and spat-on-shell were planted in the South River last week. Approaching a ragtag team of CBF volunteers and staff, my first observation was the putrid stench lofting from the truck lovingly called the,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The moment a bunch of crazy Bay lovers (including dogs!) dashed towards the frigid Bay waters to thank our generous members for their support on Giving Tuesday. Photo by Elaine Lutz/CBF Staff. For the second straight year, a bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Brook trout, a hallmark of Pennsylvania waterways and a great indicator of clean water, is threatened by both invasive species and warming waters as the result of climate change. Photo by Neil Ever Osborne/iLCP. One of my most vivid collegiate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Before photo of a heavy use area on a Cumberland County farm. Cumberland County is among 28 conservation districts inspecting farms for the required manure management, and erosion and sediment plans, as prescribed in Pennsylvania’s rebooted strategy to reduce pollution... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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A group helps haul aboard a trawl net as part of a survey of life in the James River. CBF is engaging diverse audiences to join us in the fight to save the Bay. Photo by Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff.. As... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. Streambank fencing is one of the best management practices which not only helps in clean water efforts, it also helps improve herd health. Farming in Pennsylvania is the backbone of our culture,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Despite their critical link in the food web, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission raised the menhaden catch quota this week. Photo by CBF Staff. They might not be a common feature on dinner plates, but menhaden are often called... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot. CBF's Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA was built with climate change in mind. Photo by Chris Gorri/CBF Staff. This year's rough weather has battered Hampton Roads. It's not just the summer's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Polluted runoff is one of the major sources of pollution growing in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP. Seventeen million. That's the number of people living in the Chesapeake Bay region. This presents a natural obstacle to clean... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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CBF Educator Ian Robbins, exploring the Susquehanna Flats on a trip with Aberdeen High School students, caught a gigantic blue crab. The crab was measured at eight inches across the width of the shell—making it one of the larger crabs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Scenes like this one of Pennsylvania's Pine Creek in Lycoming County are an inspiration to keep fighting for clean water progress. This week, it was announced that Pennsylvania will benefit from an infusing of more than $28 million to jumpstart... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The Bay is rebounding from a reduction in pollution. But more work remains. Photo by Steve Aprile. It's no secret that the condition of the Chesapeake Bay is a far cry from when Captain John Smith first explored its fruitful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Patriot News. Tim and Frances Sauder want to implement agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on their Lancaster County farm, but are in need of funding. The implementation of BMPs on farms throughout south-central Pennsylvania... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Howard County Times. Young girls swimming at Cascade Falls this past June. Cascade Falls was one of several locations throughout the watershed where bacteria was found at unsafe levels. Photo by Maryann Webb/CBF Intern.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Agricultural runoff from farms, such as seen here in York County, PA, is the largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. This week, CBF released a white paper on the top five Pennsylvania counties... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Planting forested buffers on farms is an agricultural best management practice that tops the list as one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Photo by Carmera Thomas/CBF Staff. Pollution... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Algal blooms, such as this one by Hampton Roads, Virginia on the Lafayette River, are caused by excess nutrients such as nitrogen. Photo by Christy Everett/CBF Staff. We all love clean water, but sometimes the path to achieving it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Gazette-Journal. Gloucester County is considering reducing regulations for land use rules which protect water quality. Photo by Garth Lenz/iLCP. After decades of restoration efforts, the Chesapeake Bay is finally starting to show promising signs.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The Atlantic sturgeon, the Bay's oldest and largest native fish, needs your help! Photo courtesy iStock. George Washington once wrote in his diary that he "went a dragging for Sturgeon," fishing for a culinary staple in the 18th century. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog