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Urge state legislators to commit to greater investments in saving local rivers and streams and to provide the clean water that is the right of every Pennsylvanian.

Your lifestyle choices matter in how much nitrogen pollution ends up in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. See your score and how you can improve your pollution grade.


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Fun in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park, Md. Copyright Karine Aigner/iLCPShare Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know. Share Your Story

Egrets. Photo by Michael RoaneSign Our Pledge to Protect the Bay

Join us and commit to doing your part and standing with CBF to support the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. SIGN THE PLEDGE

Photo by CBF StaffSpeak Out—Join CBF's Action Network

To Save the Bay™ we must all do our part. Join the CBF Action Network and be the first to know when the right to clean water is under attack and what you can do. JOIN TODAY

What is your Bay footprint? Use our nitrogen calculator to find out.What's Your Bay Footprint?

Your lifestyle choices matter in how much nitrogen pollution ends up in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. See if you make the grade! TRY THE CALCULATOR

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Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS Maryland


Funding Conservation That Counts

After six years and unwavering efforts by CBF, Congress passed a new "Farm Bill" February 4, 2014, that invests in sustainable family farms and provides them with the tools and resources they need to protect our legacy: clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. CBF's ongoing advocacy, restoration, education, and outreach efforts built the community awareness and support our senators and representatives needed to create and pass this Bay-friendly bill.

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A clean stream runs through a farm after conservation measures were enacted. Photo by CBF Staff


American Farm Bureau et al v. EPA

After CBF intervened in a suit by the American Farm Bureau to throw out EPA’s established pollution limits, a federal judge issued a landmark ruling upholding the Bay clean-up efforts and affirming that EPA, working with the states, has the authority to set science-based pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.

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A blue heron snags an evening snack. Photo by Kevin Moore


Defending Clean Water Progress

Legislative leaders in Maryland's 2015 General Assembly session heard CBF's concerns on stormwater and poultry manure pollution, passing bills addressing two of the biggest sources of pollution entering the Chesapeake. CBF supported several other successful environmental bills and helped defeat several bad bills that would have negatively impacted oyster restoration efforts. READ MORE

Little girl with fishing net. Photo by Bev Jackson


Ensuring Funding for Clean Water

CBF's legislative priority for 2015 was to ensure Virginia is on pace to meet its 2017 and 2025 nutrient- and sediment-reduction goals outlined in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The General Assembly made great strides toward that goal, including the most ever (non-surplus) funding to go to the agriculture community for cost-share programs and technical assistance. read more

In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the Susquehanna River reached 42 feet, a record crest, following heavy storms in June 2006. Photo by CBF


Providing Protection from Floods

Pennsylvania lawmakers almost unanimously approved a bill that enables local governments to establish stormwater fees or other funding mechanisms which are urgently needed to help cash-strapped communities improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure, including projects that prevent local flooding and property damage.  read more

An osprey makes of with his catch - a menhaden. iStock


Saving the Most Important Fish in the Sea

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a CBF-backed measure to increase protection of the Bay’s Atlantic menhaden population, bringing the Commonwealth of Virginia into compliance with a coast-wide menhaden conservation plan. Read More

Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, Kevin Moore, Bev Nichols, CBF, iStock

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Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS MarylandAgriculture

Preserving farm land is essential for both our local economies and the water quality of our rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. CBF continues to advocate for conservation programs that help farmers limit the amount of polluted runoff carrying nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to our rivers and streams. Learn more

Commercial menhaden harvesting. Photo by John Surrick/CBF StaffFisheries

Many of the Chesapeake Bay's once vibrant fisheries are in trouble. How can we make the best use of available scientific information to save this fragile economy? Learn more

Sprawl development. Photo copyright Nikki DavisLand Use

The Chesapeake Bay's land-to-water ratio is 15:1--larger than any other coastal estuary in the world. When the land suffers from pollution and poor management water quality in the Bay, its rivers, and streams also suffers. Learn how

Residential stormwater runoff. Photo copyright 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCPPolluted Runoff

Stormwater pollution is the only major pollutant sector in the Bay still growing. It is one of the major reasons that the Bay remains on EPA's "dirty waters" list. Learn more

Photo credits: (from top)NRCS Maryland, John Surrick/CBF Staff, © Nikki Davis, © Krista Schlyer/iLCP

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