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Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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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Adequate funding is imperative if states are to meet clean water commitments. Photo by Bradley Striebig. In a climate when budgets are tight, and debt is mounting, investments in the future are often viewed as unattainable luxuries. Immediate demands are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. The brook trout, which flourishes in clean, cold water Pennsylvania streams, stands to benefit tremendously if the Keystone State's new "reboot" succeeds. Photo by Neil Ever Osborne/iLCP. Pennsylvania has unveiled a new... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Fairness is a principle that virtually everyone endorses. Synonyms for fairness include justice, equality, and impartiality. These virtues are at the foundation of an ethical, righteous, and moral society. When fairness isn't present, people tend to get angry, feeling they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Daily Record. Reducing polluted runoff dramatically improve the health of local waterways. Photo by Neil Everett Osborne/iLCP. York County has again taken the initiative to address clean water issues. Based on support from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Throughout much of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, all the buzz is the upcoming blizzard, set to strike Friday afternoon and persist through much of the weekend. With estimates of two-plus feet in some locations, traveling will be nearly impossible. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The Susquehanna River is unquestionably the most important river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To grasp the Susquehanna's sheer size and significance, take a glance at the numbers in the infographic above. Not only is this vital waterway a critical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. A bald eagle snatching it's prey. Photo by Barbara Houston. A new season of the Commonwealth's most popular, high-flying reality show is back online. Millions are expected to log on to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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This week the Legislative Sessions opened in Annapolis, Maryland, and Richmond, Virginia. Photos by Nikki Davis and Chuck Epes. With the turning of the calendar to a new year comes new Legislative Sessions in two of the main Bay states—Maryland... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
We love oysters. These water-filtering, reef-building bivalves can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day as an adult (check out the video above!). Despite at one point falling to one percent of historical levels, oysters are making... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Bob and Maggie Cahalan on their southern York County farm. Photo by B.J. Small/CBF Staff. Among the many dreams Bob and Maggie Cahalan have for their southern York County farm, protecting the water that runs through it is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. Healthy, natural oyster reefs covering the Bay bottom is just one of CBF President Will Baker's wishes for 2016. Dear Santa, For this holiday season, I humbly ask for the following. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Standing outside the Washington, D.C., office of Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania are, from left: CBF PA Executive Director Harry Campbell; Lee Ann Murray, CBF PA assistant director and attorney; Liz Hermsen, senior policy advisor to Senator Casey; Clair Ryan,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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This week herbicides, pathogens, and parasites were revealed as major causes of the downfall of the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River. Photo by John Pavoncello/York Dispatch. As we have said many times before, as goes the Susquehanna, so goes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Mercury pollution is harming the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Photo courtesy iStock. In the climate change "debate," a common refrain from deniers is that the warming we are witnessing is the result of natural variances in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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CBF's Fox Island Education Center with underwater grasses visible due to the high level of water clarity. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff. One of the more obvious ways to assess the cleanliness of water is the level of water clarity.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Gettysburg Times. Victoria Switzer of Susquehanna County is concerned about her drinking water. With reports of high levels of pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania waterways, her concerns are warranted. Photo by Tom Pelton. In 2001, 14... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Flooding is just one of the many potential consequences from irresponsible development. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff. Around the region, irresponsible developments are being approved at the risk of polluting our waters. These poor decisions are hitting a nerve. Last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Daily Times. Brook trout are great indicators of healthy water. Photo by Neil Ever Osborne/iLCP. Middle River flows through our land. Brook trout used to thrive in it—and most freshwater streams throughout the Chesapeake... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Spruce Knob, on the western edge of the Chesapeake watershed in West Virginia, reveals the metaphorical peaks and valleys in the work to save the Bay. Photo by Justin Black/iLCP. The work to save the Chesapeake Bay certainly has its... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Hollands Island in the Chesapeake Bay was a victim of sea-level rise, partially caused by climate change. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh cited rising sea levels claiming islands in the Chesapeake Bay in his reasoning for supporting the EPA's Clean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Baltimore Sun earlier this week. Holland Island before it fell into the Bay in 2010. Sea level rise in the Chesapeake is just one dramatic consequence of climate change. Photo by Chuck Foster/CBF Staff.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. "Zombie Crabs" might sound like a fabricated sci-fi tale, but they are actually a consequence of a parasite inflicted on mud crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Lara Lutz. One creature... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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A young student learns about oysters through hands-on experience. Photo by Drew Robinson/CBF Staff. It's not every day that efforts on the local or regional level are recognized on an international stage. But that's just what happened on Tuesday, when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Tommy sharing his deep knowledge and love of oysters. Photos by CBF Staff. After more than 17 years with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Oyster Restoration and Fisheries Scientist Tommy Leggett retired this month to focus on his aquaculture business,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Algal blooms are increasing throughout the watershed, in part due to warming temperatures as a result of climate change. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff. Climate change is a prototype of a truly global issue. Low-lying islands in the Pacific are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog