This Week in the Watershed: Flipping the Script

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It was only 8:00 in the morning, but already the sweat was dripping from my brow. A little over a dozen high-school students were mingling about their beach campground, preparing for another day of hands-on Bay education. A scene just like this was taking place at four other locations throughout the watershed, as this week, CBF gathered student leaders to embark on a week journey to explore their environment, communities, and connection to clean water.

When an anniversary or milestone approaches, the natural inclination is often to reflect on the past. As CBF celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're flipping the script—what better way to celebrate than to engage with the next generation and hear their thoughts on what it will take to save the Bay.

Those students eventually made their way over from their beach camp to the CBF education boat, Marguerite, with a destination of CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center. The students listened attentively to a tour of the center and bagged dozens of bags of oyster shells—all while in sweltering conditions. As these students were pitching in to restore the Bay's native oyster population, other groups of students were examining the water quality in the Potomac River; exploring salt marshes on an island in the middle of the Bay; and touring a farm, studying the connection between agriculture and clean water.

In CBF's 50 years, the Bay's health has improved, but it is far from saved. Tomorrow, all these students will gather at CBF's headquarters in Annapolis and present their findings from a week in the field. While the Bay is facing many threats, if its fate is left in the hands of these dedicated, passionate, and Bay-loving student leaders, this national treasure will persist and thrive for many future generations.

This Week in the Watershed: Park Transformation, Fishing Dead Zones, and Inspiring Students

  • A boggy field in Waynesboro, VA has transformed into a community park with thriving wetlands—all with the purpose of reducing polluted runoff. (Bay Journal)
  • Maryland's "flush fee," first instituted in 2004, is starting to bear fruit across the Old-Line State. (CBS Baltimore—MD)
  • We love this editorial which makes a compelling case for continuing Bay cleanup efforts. (York Dispatch—PA)
  • Despite lagging behind in their efforts to clean up their waterways, Pennsylvania's environmental programs face potential budget cuts. (Bay Journal)
  • Students are canoeing Pennsylvania rivers and visiting Keystone State farms, exploring the connection between agriculture and clean water. (The Sentinel—PA)
  • Pennsylvania's Lancaster County is working to restore the native American eel population in the Susquehanna River. (Lancaster Intelligencer Journal—PA)
  • Students participating in CBF's 50 Forward program visited a farm in the Shenandoah Valley which implements many Bay-friendly practices. (NBC 29—VA)
  • Federal funding for the Bay cleanup might be in jeopardy, but the revitalization of oyster populations in Virginia's Lafayette River is cause for celebration. (WVTF—VA)
  • Despite an onslaught of erosion and sea-level-rise, efforts continue to save Maryland's Smith Island and its unique history and culture. (Baltimore Sun—MD)
  • Dead zones are of great concern to anglers, and for good reason. (Baltimore Sun—MD)

What's Happening around the Watershed?

August 5

  • Norfolk, VA: Calling all paddlers! Come on out for the 20th Annual Paddle for the Bay. Whether you are a seasoned competitor or a competitive novice—there is a race for everyone. Test your skills in these exciting races or just enjoy the action from the beach! Events include a 3-mile fun paddle and a 6-mile race in the categories of Kayak, Outrigger Canoe, Stand-up Paddle, and Surf Ski. Registration includes a CBF membership, CBF swag, and lunch at the awards ceremony. Free for spectators. Register here!

Drew Robinson

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Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint   50 Forward   Community   Educate   Environmental Literacy   Student Leadership   CBF in Maryland   CBF in Virginia   Eastern Shore Office   Federal Affairs Office   Hampton Roads Office   Maryland Office, Annapolis   Pennsylvania Office   Virginia Office, Richmond  

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