Angler Clean Water Story: Every Little Bit Makes a Difference!

Kendall Osborne carefully shows off (before release) a handsome fly-caught red drum from a shallow flat on the lower Chesapeake.

Growing up on a pond (that drained on overflow to the James River), I began fishing long ago. Fly fishing started in the teens and continues to this day. And today, I have the great fortune to live on the water and see a sliver of the Chesapeake Bay behind the house.

As an angler, it is easy to think of practicing catch-and-release as a primary conservation effort. That is indeed the case. But there is so much more we could do: We quit using fertilizer over a decade ago--our yard looks as good today as ever; we pick up the dog poop; we take kids to volunteer at CBF's Clean the Bay Day; we participate in the CBF's oyster gardening program; when we eat shellfish at home, the shells go directly onto our own "reef" by the dock and not into the trash.

Ten years ago, if you told me I'd see a redfish tail behind my house I would have bet the farm against it. Now I've seen it! The water quality in the Chesapeake is improving, and anglers can help on and off the water.

Practice catch-and-release, but also pick up the poop and eliminate the fertilizer. Get your favorite restaurant to donate shells to restoration projects. Pick up that stray holiday balloon you see on the water. It only takes a minute. We are heading in the right direction, and we need to keep going. Every little bit does make a difference!

--Kendall Osborne

As an avid angler, what does the Bay and its rivers and streams mean to you? Share your fishing clean water story or read others here!

Issues in this Post

Community   Conservation   CBF in Virginia  

   Please leave this field empty
Stay up to date about the Bay!




DISCLAIMER

PLEASE READ OUR TERMS OF USE

The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles or comments on this site are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by CBF and the inclusion of such information does not imply endorsement by CBF. CBF is not responsible for the contents of any linked Web, or any link contained in a linked Web site, or any changes or updates to such Web sites. The inclusion of any link or comment is provided only for information purposes. CBF reserves the right to edit or remove any comments and material posted to this website and to ban users from the site without notice. Partisan, pornographic or other inappropriate content, product or service promotion, foul language or bad behavior is expressly forbidden and will be removed.


Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

Explore Our Timeline

Save the Bay

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

Save the Bay