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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences. Learn more
They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges. Learn More
Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back. Learn More
To Come Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint?
To Come Water quality impacts both marine life and human life. What health issues do we all face and what can we do about them?
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Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.