10 Things You Didn't Know About CBF

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  1. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was born in 1967. Save The Bay™ was and is our rally cry.

  2. CBF works throughout the six-state, 64,000-square-mile region with citizens, businesses, and governments. We educate, advocate, and restore. When the carrot does not work, we wield a big stick—we litigate.

  3. CBF members, more than 200,000, are the strongest and most effective voice that exists for protecting and restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams.

  4. We've improved the Bay's overall health since its low in 1983, reversing more than 300 years of decline. Our 2012 State of the Bay report showed the Bay's health improved by 14 percent since 2008!

  5. CBF has planted more than 160 million oysters on 150 sanctuary reefs throughout the Bay.

  6. We've also restored more than 9,000 acres of wetlands and nearly 30,000 acres of forested riparian buffer on agricultural lands in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania by planting more than 3.3 million trees.

  7. CBF provides a "meaningful watershed experience" to more than 25,000 students each year through our award-winning educational programs. To date, more than 1.5 million students of all ages have been through one of CBF's 15 study centers!

  8. CBF's Litigation Department uses carefully chosen legal action to advance the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, lakes, and streams. As a result of our work, there is a historic and legally binding agreement and plan to remove the Bay from the federal "impaired waters" list. This groundbreaking plan is called the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, and it's the first of its kind!

  9. We're farmers, too! At CBF's Clagett Farm, our ultimate goal is to be a model for how to use truly sustainable farming methods. In addition to teaching students and fellow farmers there, we operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which donates about half of its annual production to low-income families through the Capital Area Food Bank.

  10. In programs across the watershed—many of them conducted with CBF volunteers and partner organizations—CBF is planting trees and underwater grasses, restoring native oysters, and creating stream buffers to restore the Bay's natural filters. You can help Save The Bay™.

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