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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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The Atlantic sturgeon, the Bay's oldest and largest native fish, needs your help! Photo courtesy iStock. George Washington once wrote in his diary that he "went a dragging for Sturgeon," fishing for a culinary staple in the 18th century. But... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Maryland's oysters and Susquehanna's smallmouth bass are two critters desperately needing our attention. Photos by CBF Staff and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The lazy, dog days of summer might be upon us, but saving the Bay never stops. Despite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Ditches, such as this one under construction in Talbot County, are an innovative and inexpensive way to reduce polluted runoff. Photo by Amy Jacobs. The word "ditch" doesn't conjure up good feelings about water quality, wildlife habitat, or aesthetics. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Dolphins are frequent visitors on CBF education trips. This friendly trio came to play on a recent student excursion. Photo by Ian Robbins/CBF Staff. There are many things we love about the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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3.2 million spat on shell were planted in the South River this July. Photo by Erika Nortemann. Persuading microscopic oyster larvae to "set" on old shells is as simple as placing plenty of both into a large round tank of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Baltimore Sun. Critters like this blue heron depend on the implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Photo by Steve Aprile. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved anti-Save-the-Bay legislation that would turn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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A healthy future for the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams relies on the full implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, which faced a new obstacle from Congress this week. Photo by Mark Dignen. It has often been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in The Sentinel. Teachers take a closer look at a Dragonfly Nymph being held by CBF Educator Emily Thorpe, right, during a study of aquatic life along the Susquehanna River. The two-day workshop showed teachers what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Underwater grasses, which depend on clean water, are key to the survival of the blue crab. Photo by Jay Fleming. Without a doubt, one of the most beloved critters in the Chesapeake Bay is the blue crab. A summer staple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. Litter, which often finds its way into local waterways, is high on the list of environmental pet peeves among CBF staff. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP. Why is it that, while watering a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Fishing is just one of many recreational opportunities afforded to us by clean water. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP. From the long, hot, muggy days, to the out of office messages from colleagues on vacation, to the barbecues and lawn games,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Agricultural runoff, such as from this farm in York County, PA, is an area where pollution-reduction efforts need acceleration. Photo by John Pavoncello/York Dispatch. We might sound like a broken record at times, but there's a reason why we're always... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Fish kills are one of the terrible consequences of dead zones. Photo by John Surrick/CBF Staff. For far too long, dead zones have plagued the Chesapeake Bay every summer. This week it was forecast that this summer's dead zone will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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These Cub Scout volunteers on Clean the Bay Day are a small sampling of the many inspiring volunteers fighting for clean water throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. These days, it seems like there's a special day, week, or month set... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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With the positive trends in Bay health, there is reason to be hopeful water quality will continue rising. Photo by David Cunningham. In this season of graduation gowns, commencement speeches, and flying mortar board caps, graduating students celebrate their accomplishments... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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A work detail of CBF PA staff, students, State Senator Rich Alloway, and others, planted 150 Arbor Day Foundation tree and shrub seedlings along Burd Run at Shippensburg Township Park on April 30, Arbor Day. Photo by B.J. Small/CBF Staff.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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CBF's Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach earned the distinguished designation of a "Living Building." Photo by Dave Chance. Despite our world's obsession with growth, the reality is we live on a planet with finite resources. Right now, we're faced... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the Bay Journal. The Bay will not be saved if agricultural pollution is not addressed. Photo by Dave Hartcorn. The long and expensive fight by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Fertilizer Institute and their... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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The following first appeared in the York Dispatch. Farmland in York County. Photo by John Pavoncello/York Dispatch. Around the home and down on the farm, it's planting season. Prime time for digging in the dirt. Gardeners are feeling the earth... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Sea level rise is a significant threat to many coastal communities, including Annapolis, MD. Photo by Amy McGovern. Amidst a deluge of rainy days like we are currently experiencing, local flooding often ensues. Swamped roads, public health concerns, and damaged... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Trees and underwater grasses are indispensable in the fight for clean water. Photos by Justin Black/iLCP (left), and Jay Fleming (right). Today we want to take a moment to celebrate some unsung heroes of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. While we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Those who attended the reception shared their thoughts and ideas about how to address the 350 miles of York County rivers and streams that are polluted. Photo by B.J. Small/CBF Staff. Concern for clean water in York County was at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Fishing on a pristine day is just one recreational opportunity afforded to us by a healthy environment. Photo by Krista Schyler/iLCP. Happy Earth Day! As we have said many times, we believe that every day ought to be Earth Day.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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State legislators only have to take a quick stroll from the Maryland State House in Annapolis before arriving at the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Nikki Davis. This year's Maryland General Assembly session was as expansive and varied... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog
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Lovers of blue crab raised their hands (or claws) in triumph this week, after receiving the good news that a survey found Maryland's blue crab population has increased 35 percent. Photo by Brian Brown. If the fight to save the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog