Save the Bay Blog - 2017

  • Photo of the Week: Palace Bar Reef

    November 7, 2017

    This was taken at Palace Bar Reef, a sanctuary oyster reef where CBF planted 300 reef balls between 2010 and 2012. It’s now become a favorite fishing spot on Virginia’s Piankatank River. The ripples you see in the photo are bait fish, which attract bigger fish.

  • Saplings from Historic Emancipation Oak Planted at Brock Environmental Center

    November 6, 2017

    On the morning of Saturday November 4, 2017, youth from a Virginia Beach 4-H club planted 12 saplings from the historic Emancipation Oak at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Critical Election

    November 3, 2017

    After last year's volatile election cycle, it's tempting to dismiss any call to the polls this season. But the Virginia gubernatorial election is only days away. And this election is critical.

  • Photo of the Week: Chesapeake Sunset

    October 31, 2017

    I am a volunteer for the Annapolis Maritime Museum and welcome visitors from all over the world who come to see the Chesapeake Bay, hear stories of watermen, and visit the Naval Academy. I am a Navy Sailor and wherever I travel, the Chesapeake Bay will always be home.

  • This Month on the Bay: October

    October 30, 2017

    Chase the colors of autumn on the waterways of the Chesapeake. With colors ranging from yellow through flaming red to deep purple, the best Mid-Atlantic leaf peeping is from the water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Losing Our Compass

    October 27, 2017

    At the foundation of all the work to save the Bay is one fundamental element–science.

  • A Chesapeake Halloween

    October 26, 2017

    Show off your Chesapeake pride with Halloween Ches-O'-Lanterns.

  • A Clean Chesapeake Bay Requires a Strong EPA

    October 25, 2017

    In September of 1983, the results of a seven-year EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay landed on our respective desks — one of us was the new administrator of EPA, recently appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and the other was the new president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Bay's Bread and Butter

    October 20, 2017

    There are only a few days left to help the most important fish in the sea.

  • A Historic Opportunity for Fish and Fishermen

    October 19, 2017

    At one time, schools of menhaden in Virginia were so vast that fishermen and fishery managers thought the population was virtually inexhaustible.

  • We Can All Take Steps to Address Climate Change

    October 18, 2017

    As if flooding from sea-level rise isn't enough, climate change could also threaten our beloved Virginia oysters. For all of us who enjoy oysters regularly, it's no surprise that Vibrio bacteria are more likely to be an issue during warmer months.

  • Summer Learning Experience for Student Leaders Was a Time for Looking Forward

    October 17, 2017

    Emma Stone, a Pennsylvania high school student, shares a journal of her experiences this summer on CBF's "50 Forward" program—a six-day summer course with that celebrated CBF's first half-century of commitment to saving the Bay and local rivers and streams, and inspired the next generation to continue those efforts.

  • Photo of the Week: Northern Fence Lizard

    October 16, 2017

    This picture of a Northern Fence Lizard with an ant on its head was taken at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Toxic Clouds

    October 13, 2017

    At first glance, emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, Indiana, or Tennessee would seem completely unrelated to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Menhaden Monikers

    October 12, 2017

    "Some people call 'em bunkers, some people call 'em pogies, some people menhaden; they're all the same fish."

  • Clean Power Plan Update

    October 10, 2017

    Rescinding the Clean Power Plan could have lasting implications on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the success of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

  • Construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Will Destroy Lands, Endanger State's Waters

    October 10, 2017

    Families in Virginia should not have to worry about their drinking water or whether in the future their children will continue to enjoy the same clean creeks and streams that we fish and swim in today.

  • Photo of the Week: Peace on the Bay

    October 9, 2017

    The Bay and it's tributaries mean so much to me. I grew up on the Magothy River: it is my childhood of boats, swimming, and exploring!

  • Scouts Come Together to Save the Bay

    October 6, 2017

    The Chesapeake Bay’s number one filter feeder is not one of the first things that come to mind for most Eagle Scout projects.

  • The Trump Administration Doesn't Care About Our Air

    October 5, 2017

    An asthmatic child struggling to breathe on a hot summer day in Baltimore could be the victim of a coal plant in Pennsylvania, Ohio, or another upwind state.

  • Lafayette Reef Shows That If You Build It, Oysters Will Come Along Just Fine

    October 4, 2017

    Near the mouth of Norfolk's Lafayette River last July, a crane lifted a load of crushed concrete off a barge and released it into the water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: If You Build It They Will Come

    September 29, 2017

    It goes without saying, but the Bay looked awfully different when Captain John Smith first navigated its waters in 1608. The journals of Smith reveal a Bay bursting with life.

  • Photo of the Week: Above the Bay

    September 28, 2017

    The Bay, to me, represents Maryland and the foundation of our lives. From the creatures of the Bay to beautiful summers in the water.

  • Amazing Life in the Lafayette's Waters!

    September 25, 2017

    Amazing critters are thriving in the Lafayette River, an urban waterway entirely within Norfolk city limits. The great variety of life found on a recent biological survey of the Lafayette River is one more sign that this once-polluted river is getting better.

  • This Week in the Watershed: From Trash Pits to Oyster Reefs

    September 22, 2017

    Archaeologists can learn a lot about a civilization by looking in one place–the trash pit.

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