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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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Would you (or someone you know) like to learn more about the organic vegetables we grow here at Clagett Farm? Know anyone who wants a free hay ride tour? Would you like to pet some adorable baby sheep? Come to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Clagett Farm
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To Walter Zadan, 90, age is just a number. Zadan is an integral volunteer of CBF's Virginia oyster restoration team. Photo by CBF Staff. Though Walter Zadan recently celebrated his 90th birthday, the Williamsburg resident keeps up a schedule that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Daily Times. In the current hostile political climate, we can't seem to agree on any government policy. But that's exactly what happened in Maryland this past month. A poll found about 90 percent of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot. An algal bloom in Norfolk's Lafayette River. The health of the Bay and its rivers and streams is improving, but if draconian cuts to the Chesapeake Bay Program are enacted, scenes such as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Talbot Spy. Rain gardens help reduce polluted runoff, a major contributor to poor water quality. Residents of Cambridge, this spring you can win an unusual prize: a yard make-over at no cost. And in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint is working. By all metrics we are seeing progress. Citizens, businesses, and governments are working together to reduce pollution. You can actually see the progress in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Frederick News-Post. Photo by Justin Black/iLCP Pit a bulldozer against a tree and the tree rarely wins. But for four years, fiscal 2007 to 2011, Frederick County found a way to stem the loss... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. Rock Run in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County. Photo by Neil Ever Osborne/iLCP. Now is the time for Pennsylvanians to stand up for clean water and let elected officials know they should make reducing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Washington Post. Photo by Denny Motsko. The Trump administration's plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency staff by a fifth and eliminate key programs raises troubling questions about support for the highly successful Chesapeake Bay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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With more than six million residents, Maryland is a melting pot of diverse citizens, with different political leanings, religious beliefs, and racial backgrounds. Differences aside, all Marylanders are affected by the health of the state's rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Chestertown Spy. Maryland's oyster sanctuaries are under threat. Photo by Dave Harp. The fate of Maryland's oyster population is being worked out in a church basement in Annapolis. That's where the state Oyster Advisory... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Capital Gazette. Maryland's forests remain at risk if the Forest Conservation Act is not strengthened. Photo by Tom Zolper/CBF Staff. Thanks to the controversial Crystal Spring development project, Annapolis residents probably know more than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Before a farm restoration project was completed with cost-share funding. Photo by CBF Staff. Until last year, cattle would wade into streams and ponds to cool off on David Surratt's farm in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Just eleven years after Captain John Smith led the original exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, the Western Hemisphere's oldest legislative body was founded when Virginia's House of Burgesses met in 1619. Much has changed over the subsequent centuries, including the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. The saying goes: "It takes a village." To fully implement the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, governments, businesses, and citizens all must do their part. Every day, I meet people working to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot. Polluted runoff cannot be ignored if we are to clean up Virginia's rivers and streams. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP. If you talk to longtime residents of Hampton Roads, you will hear stories about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in CBF's 2016 State of the Bay Report. The urban and suburban polluted runoff challenge is great, but many solutions reduce pollution and create good jobs. Art by Charles Hazard. Don't Dump: Chesapeake Bay Drainage! When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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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 Jan 17, 2017 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 Jan 11, 2017 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