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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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The following first appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Daily Press earlier this week. Beach goers in Virginia Beach "run off" the beach from dirty water. Photo by Andrea Moran/CBF Staff The lower Chesapeake Bay has indeed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
The following first appeared in the Baltimore Guide. This curb bump-out, at North Collington Avenue and Baltimore Street, is in the early stages of construction. Photo by Erik Zygmont. Could it be the greenery? On muggy summer days, the temperature's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
The following first appeared in the Capital Gazette. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP Thankfully, The Capital reported sewer spills in Cox Creek and Furnace Creek after last week's deluge. That coverage allowed swimmers and boaters to avoid the water. But many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
The following first appeared in the Bay Journal News. An algal bloom at Mattawoman Creek. Photo by John Surrick/CBF Staff Surviving a heart attack is a huge wake-up call that usually warrants a change of diet. Toledo, Ohio, just survived... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Thanks for reaching out. We are just as concerned about sewage spills in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and other areas of the state when they occur as we are with Anne Arundel County spills. We had not learned of the Baltimore spills at the time of posting the above blog. That said, Baltimore City has made significant strides fixing its ancient sewer system and fixing at least 60 areas known to leak during storms. In fact, thanks to the Bay Restoration Fund, both the Patapsco and Back River wastewater treatment plants are in the process of being upgraded to the state-of-the-art standard and should be completed by August of 2015. There is still much work underway, including major improvements to the city’s large sewage plants. We trust the city will continue this good work, but we remain concerned. Data on these spills is not always reliable. And as we saw last week, major storms still seem to send large amounts of untreated or partially treated sewage into city waters. The Inner Harbor and other city waters can’t be cleaned if the city doesn't comply with a federally-mandated reduction of sewer spills. And since you rightfully put the Anne Arundel spills into perspective, let’s remember, too, that harmful as sewer spills can be to local waters, especially short term, they pale in comparison to other pollution sources. Believe it or not, the Chesapeake and its tributaries still receive far more harmful pollution from permitted sewer system effluent, farms, and other sources. For more information, please visit our website:
The following op-ed appeared on Friday in the Washington Post. Photo by Damon Fodge It's clearly been a poor year for Chesapeake Bay blue crab harvests. Average catches just three years ago were as much as twice as what they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Photo by Kim Patten/CBF Staff. Pennsylvania has more miles of rivers and streams than almost any other state in the nation, and summer is a great time to get out and experience the tremendous beauty and unique habitats our waterways... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
CBF President Will Baker speaking with the Girl Scouts of Troop 10324. Melek is ten-years-old. She wears binoculars around her neck throughout much of the summer and is fascinated by her neighbors. They are: a fox family, egrets, a bald... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Photo by Lauren Elmore It is a critical time politically, too. Maryland and Pennsylvania will elect governors, the District of Columbia will elect a new mayor, and Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in his first year in office. Together, these... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Shady Side students planting oysters in the West River. Photo courtesy of Shady Side Elementary The students at Shady Side Elementary School in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland are no strangers to the Bay and life on the water. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Simply put, the single most important variable in my mind to having a healthy fishery not only in my home waters of the Choptank River, but the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed, is having clean water. I have been fishing and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
This is one in a series of articles about farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed who have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and efficiency on their farms. As a result of these success stories, we're halfway... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
Striped bass, speckled trout, red drum, and many other species of interest to anglers, as well as the species that they prey upon, are dependent upon the estuaries and upon submerged aquatic vegetation (SAVs) at some point or points in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
(This photo from the Spring Meet 'n' Greet via Email us your photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm and we'll feature them here!) Happy Wednesday! Here's everything you need to know for this week's CSA Pick-Up:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Clagett Farm
Congratulations to Bay Daily creator, Tom Pelton, who has accepted a position with another organization working to make the world a better place. In his absence, Bay Daily will be put on temporary hiatus. We hope to be back to followers of this award-winning blog soon. Please stand by! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Bay Daily
We have a few items we need to pick up from a greenhouse supplier (Maryland Plants and Supplies) on the southern edge of Baltimore city. If anyone will be driving from there to Upper Marlboro (or Takoma Park or Bowie)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Clagett Farm
Wondering how your crops are progressing? Here's a few updates: The greenhouse plants are growing well! No groundhog invasions this year. Here's a photo I took on March 27th. In the foreground, you see some kohlrabi that we planted last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Clagett Farm
Praise the creator by protecting creation. An interfaith celebration of Earth Day is planned for Sunday, April 27, at the Annapolis Towne Centre mall, 203 Harker Place in Annapolis. The “Earth, Water, Faith Festival: Creative Alternatives to Protect the Earth’s Resources,” will feature live music, readings, and reflections, as well as games and t-shirt decorating for kids. For more information, click here. The event is being sponsored by the Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as the Annapolis Friends Meeting, Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church, Calvery United Methodist Church, Congregation Kol Shalom, First Presbyterian Church... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Bay Daily
More than half of the miles of streams in the United States only have water flowing in them after it rains. But these intermittent creeks can contribute a significant amount of water pollution to rivers, lakes, and bays downstream, including the Chesapeake. So it is important that these smaller waterways be covered by the federal Clean Water Act, so that wildlife, outdoor recreation, and drinking water supplies are protected. Unfortunately, murky U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 -- and subsequent interpretations by the Bush Administration -– effectively stripped Clean Water Act protections from not only many intermittent streams,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Bay Daily
Maryland state police recently used a helicopter as a surveillance platform to catch and arrest four watermen for dredging oysters from a sanctuary on the Eastern Shore, in Somerset County. The March 14 arrests of the watermen was the most recent example of heightened campaigns in both Marlyand and Virginia to crack down on illegal harvest of oysters. Widespread poaching has been a significant barrier to oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. “On the water, from the air and on land, Natural Resource Police officers are making it clear that oyster poaching will not be tolerated,” said Governor Martin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Bay Daily
A fish hawk wheels out of the gray sky as a rainy wind blows against the shore the Chesapeake Bay south of Annapolis. The white headed bird with hooked claws –- an osprey -- circles above the leafless trees and bent reeds before landing on a nest of sticks. Soon a second osprey appears with a fish in its claws. It circles, then lands beside its mate on the platform atop a telephone pole. The two are among the first osprey to return to the Chesapeake Bay this spring after an epic migration of more than two thousand miles from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Bay Daily
It is shortsighted to pave the Chesapeake region’s farms and forests for quick cash. But that, tragically, is where the road is heading in Southern Maryland -– to a landscape with more Taco Bells than tobacco barns, and more strip malls than streams full of yellow perch. Development interests in Charles County formed a cynically-named lobbying group called the “Balanced Growth Initiative” that has gained political influence over a slim majority of the Board of Charles County Commissioners. On Tuesday, that majority voted 3-2 to approve a planning map that shifts 9,000 acres out of a conservation area and into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Bay Daily
In 1969, Maryland lawmakers created a simple but ingenious system that protects at least a portion of the state’s forests and fields as suburbia rolls like a tide across the landscape. Lawmakers approved a real estate transfer tax. A half of one percent of any real-estate transaction is directed into a special fund that, by law, must be spent buying land to create parks and nature sanctuaries. The fund also protects family farms through conservation easements, and pays for urban playgrounds and recreation. Program Open Space, as it is called, makes logical sense. Environmental harm from real estate development helps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Bay Daily
Would you like to become a member of Clagett Farm's CSA? Do you know someone who would? Today is the day! At 5:30pm, go the web site: You'll see a registration form that asks for your contact information--no payment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Clagett Farm
A resolution in the Maryland General Assembly urging the federal government to help solve the problem of sediment buildup behind the Conowingo Dam was recently passed unanimously by the Senate Education, Health, and Environment Committee. The dam is located about 10 miles north of the Chesapeake’s Bay northern end on the Susquehanna River, the largest source of fresh water into the Bay. For decades, the dam has been trapping some dirt and pollutants flowing down the river, thus helping to reduce the pollution in the Bay. But now the reservoir behind the dam is filling up with sediment. This poses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Bay Daily