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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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CBF's Skipjack the Stanley Norman. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff. It is hard to believe a 70-foot wooden boat constructed at the turn of the 20th century is still sailing today. But CBF's Skipjack, Stanley Norman, defies the odds. A... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Baltimore Sun. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP Some people want us to think a stormwater fee is a lemon. They sourly call it a "rain tax." Prince George's County thinks otherwise. It is making lemonade... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Tuesday, we were back in court defending the Bay from yet another attack by Big Agriculture and their allies. For more than three decades, we tried it their way—voluntary agreements. The toothless approach didn't cut it. Underwater "dead zones" grew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Daily Caller late last week. The Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Deanna Brusa/CBF Staff Intense storms, winds, and waves increasingly threaten waterfront homes up and down... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Diamondback. The Conowingo Dam, in Laurel, MD. Photo by Eliot Malamuth. Recent scientific studies show that sediment backed up behind the Conowingo Dam is not as big a threat as previously thought. During a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the EcoWatch. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff Why reduce pollution in local rivers and streams? A new report, commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, found that cleaning up local waterways in the Chesapeake Bay region... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Recreational fishermen try their luck on Virginia's Mattawoman Creek. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP Many thanks to the Richmond Times-Dispatch for its recent article about a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation report titled "The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Huffington Post. A collection of salvaged materials were used in the construction of the Brock Environmental Center. Imagine taking the world's largest cruise ship and dumping it into a landfill 700 times a year.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Patriot News. Stream with strong forested buffers. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff. We all count on clean water . . . But, with roughly 19,000 miles of polluted streams and rivers in our Commonwealth,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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I fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries several days a week year round. Much of my fishing is done from a kayak, which allows me to get into very shallow water and to sneak up on fish. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in Truth Out. The Brock Environmental Center, located at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, VA We've known for a long time that the Earth is warming, but it could be worse than we thought. A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Storm drain running into the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP Amber Athey's September 12, 2014 blog post for the Tax Foundation, ("Rain tax featured in Maryland gubernatorial campaign") seemed to be channeling—and parroting—a purely political... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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In our fight to save the Bay, the litigation team just received a boost, thanks to the recent addition of CBF's first Litigation Fellow Ariel Solaski. The fellowship is designed to give the litigation team increased capacity to identify and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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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 Sep 16, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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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
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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
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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: http://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/issues/sewage-septic-systems
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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