Investing in Targeted Solutions
The Rauch Foundation "believes in taking a comprehensive approach to problem solving." Over the past 25 years, Philip J. Rauch and other Rauch Foundation trustees have generously supported a range of CBF's efforts, including the promotion of innovative agricultural conservation practices and CBF's role in the development of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Over the last five years, the foundation has shifted its philanthropic focus to defending the Blueprint and ensuring that government agencies enforce its provisions effectively and fairly. This change has expanded the foundation's support to include several of CBF's local and regional partners, reinforcing the foundation's interest in wide-ranging, but targeted, problem-solving.
We are especially pleased to support CBF's broad, strong approach to Bay issues at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Rauch Foundation has also been deeply interested in enforcement issues affecting the citizens of Baltimore and their long-neglected waterways. CBF, with the support of the Rauch Foundation, has participated directly in Baltimore's long struggle to fix its sewer pipes. This struggle has encompassed developing a strong new consent decree with EPA, including timetables and enforcement provisions.
In addition, CBF attorneys have concentrated on ensuring upgrades and restoration of unimpeded flow to the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant; seeking fair compensation of city homeowners for basement sewage overflows; and safeguarding fiscal accountability in city expenditures to meet the decree. Other areas of recent Rauch Foundation interest with CBF have included the responsible permitting of massive new chicken houses on the lower Eastern Shore.
CBF is deeply grateful to the Rauch Foundation for its thoughtful, far-reaching approach to support the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
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