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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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Lindsay Bushong, a junior at Drexel University, shares her story of encountering a love for gardening, and the role CBF played along the way. Some of the Backyard Beds in Philadelphia, PA In high school, I took a half day... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Daily Times. Confronting the polluted runoff problem has been a contentious issue in Salisbury, MD, for decades. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP. Given the rhetoric flying fast and furious over taxes and fees, what happened... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
What is the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint? A video I recently helped produce with my school's green club, ECO Sherwood at Sherwood High School, working alongside the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Student Leadership program, helps answer that very question: The Blueprint... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Center Maryland. A group of more than 200 gathered February 24 in Annapolis at the Rally for Clean Water. Photo by Rob Beach/CBF Staff. Is there a way for Gov. Hogan and the Maryland... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. Approximately 228,000 tons of excess poultry manure are applied annually on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Photo courtesy iStock. On the U.S. farm, necessity has always been the mother of invention. Maybe that's part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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This is the largest blue crab I have ever seen, caught about 10 years ago in the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs, FL. I spent a lot of time on the Bay as a youngster and a young man, until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Dagger. One of the many consequences of polluted runoff is flooding. Seen here is silted stormwater runoff from residential construction in Mount Rainier, MD. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP. The so-called "rain tax" is easy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Hill on Saturday. Agricultural runoff is the largest single source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Photo by Miguel Angel de la Cueva/iLCP. Hours after delivering his inaugural address,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service. A CAFO, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, on the Eastern Shore Maryland's newly elected governor, Larry Hogan, recently repealed the state's Department of Agriculture's Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulation. His... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared on EcoWatch. CBF's Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. Photo by Roberto Westbrook. Sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia are rising at a rate more than twice the global average. Since 1960, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Washington Post. Photo by Tim McCabe. Agriculture is the largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. As part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. Photo by Dave Hartcorn It isn't ideology. It isn't hyperbole. It isn't an attack on the family farmer or rural Maryland. It is, simply, common sense. Science says we have far too... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Daily Times. Photo by Tom Pelton/CBF Staff A recent Daily Times editorial encourages compromise between farmers and environmentalists but offers no solution. In fact, the proposed state regulations to update existing nutrient management rules... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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2.5 million oysters were planted on Cooks Point Sanctuary Reef near Tilghman Island in 2009. The recent appropriations bill secured funding for critical projects such as oyster restoration. Photo by Erika Nortemann. The following first appeared in The Baltimore Sun.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Fed from the hills of north-central Pennsylvania, Pine Creek stretches 87 miles through historic villages such as Cedar Run, Slate Run, and Waterville on its way to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The river and its tributaries are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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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 Dec 17, 2014 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 Dec 15, 2014 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