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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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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
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
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
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
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