This Week in the Watershed

  • This Week in the Watershed: Investing in Clean Water

    June 8, 2018

    When Virginia's General Assembly adjourned in March, there was one item unresolved. There was deadlock on the state budget. But following a lengthy special session, it's clear there is something legislators all agree on: clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Halfway There

    June 1, 2018

    The history of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are riddled with grand promises, high expectations, and missed deadlines. But the story changed when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was introduced in 2010.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Little Spark

    May 18, 2018

    When Robert Dean was planning the first Clean the Bay Day 29 years ago, his greatest worry was getting enough volunteers to leave the comfort of their homes on a Saturday morning to get dirty and tired picking up trash. But he underestimated the love Virginians have for their waterways.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Threats and Resilience

    May 11, 2018

    Like the victim of Chinese water torture, the Chesapeake Bay seems afflicted by a constant stream of assaults, most of them man-made.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Big Dam Problem

    May 4, 2018

    It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 10 Million Keystone Trees

    April 27, 2018

    Pennsylvania's waters might not contain blue crabs, oysters, or other iconic Chesapeake Bay critters, but with more than 50 percent of the Bay's freshwater flows coming from the Susquehanna River, the Keystone State determines the health of the Chesapeake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Biggest Ever

    April 20, 2018

    A recently released study found that not only are Bay grasses flourishing, but the comeback of grasses is one of the few places on Earth where ecological improvements are a direct result of human efforts to reduce pollution.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Disappearing Act

    April 13, 2018

    After months of meetings, letters, phone calls, and emails, it looked like we were going to take a step, albeit it a small one, towards strengthening Maryland’s outdated Forest Conservation Act. Until the legislation disappeared.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Unfinished Business

    April 6, 2018

    It’s an exciting time on the Bay and its rivers and streams. Ospreys are back, flora is beginning to bloom, and the days are lengthening. And in Richmond and Annapolis, activity is beginning to wind down in the halls of its Capitols.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Embracing Innovation

    March 30, 2018

    Every day we all witness a growing threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Recognizing Success

    March 23, 2018

    In Washington’s polarized atmosphere, issues finding bipartisan support are few and far between. But as the recent FY18 budget reveals, partisanship is often cast aside when clean water is at stake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Picture Perfect

    March 16, 2018

    For many of us here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Bay is the most beautiful place on earth. Perhaps many of us feel that way thanks to our annual photo contest.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Best in the World

    March 9, 2018

    "Why the Chesapeake Bay is the best in the world." That's the headline emblazoned atop an editorial this week in the Washington Post.

  • This Week in the Watershed: An Oyster Moon Race

    March 2, 2018

    Bold, ambitious, and audacious goals are usually met with one of two reactions—incredulity or inspiration.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Acting Out

    February 23, 2018

    To save the Bay, accepting the status quo is often not an option.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Keep the Cap!

    February 2, 2018

    Ospreys soaring through the sky, dolphins jumping through the water, and rockfish on your dinner plate. What do these all have in common?

  • This Week in the Watershed: A United Front

    January 19, 2018

    In our current polarized and fractured political sphere, it is extremely rare for a clear majority to agree on something. But across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a diverse coalition is finding common ground on one topic–clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Bay-Saving Momentum

    January 12, 2018

    Watch any sporting event long enough and eventually you’ll see an invisible but palpable force seize control of the game.

  • This Week in the Watershed: An Unjustifiable Risk

    January 5, 2018

    Magic happens when fresh and salt water collide. Life explodes in estuaries, as they are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. We witness this every day in the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 2017 in Review

    December 22, 2017

    2017 was a year of milestones. Celebrating our 50th year of working to save the Bay, with incredible support from our members, CBF accomplished an awful lot.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bay

    December 15, 2017

    It's no coincidence that what's good for water quality is often good for public health. And in Baltimore, one facility stands in the way of both.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Remarkable Day of Giving

    December 1, 2017

    In what's becoming an annual tradition, a motley crew of brave (or crazy?) CBF staffers plunged into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the third consecutive year as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Bunker Battle Continues

    November 17, 2017

    The message was loud, clear, and nearly unanimous. More than 127,000 individuals submitted comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and when they were tallied, a resounding 99.6 percent were in support of an ecosystem-based approach to menhaden management.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Fighting for Forests

    November 10, 2017

    Right now, throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, trees are exploding with color. The beautiful foliage around every corner is just one of the many benefits trees provide.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Menhaden’s Moment

    September 15, 2017

    As we’ve written before, menhaden might not be a common feature on dinner plates, but there’s a reason they’re often called "the most important fish in the sea."

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Clean Water Consensus

    September 8, 2017

    It’s no secret we’re living in an era of division. On what feels like every issue, consensus is avoided like the plague. But despite this current political climate, we can all agree that clean water crosses party lines.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Chain of Events

    September 1, 2017

    Here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we're often asked, "What can I do to help save the Bay?" While there isn't just one answer to that question, one of my favorite idioms is relevant—90 percent of life is showing up.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Silver Bullet Illusion

    August 11, 2017

    We’ve said it before, but complex problems require complex solutions.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Flipping the Script

    July 14, 2017

    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.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Pride or Disgrace

    June 30, 2017

    It has been several months since the Trump administration proposed its federal budget, but we are still aghast at the draconian cuts to Bay cleanup programs.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Spanning Generations

    June 16, 2017

    Inspiring. That’s the first word that came to mind when hearing the story of Walter Zadan, an integral volunteer for our Virginia oyster restoration team, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Reason for Optimism

    June 9, 2017

    It's outrageous. The Trump administration's proposed federal budget zeroes out funding for clean water efforts, notably, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Chesapeake Bay Turducken

    June 2, 2017

    Anyone who has been fishing or crabbing can attest that half the fun is the thrill of not knowing what exactly is on the end of the line or in the pot.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Budget Battle for the Bay

    May 26, 2017

    After a brief hiatus, we’re happy to bring back “This Week in the Watershed,” a weekly update on all the happenings around the watershed.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 2016 in Review

    December 23, 2016

    It's hard to believe, but 2016 is coming to a close. Time flies when you're saving the Bay, and thanks to the incredible support of our members, CBF accomplished an awful lot.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Relishing the Benefits

    December 16, 2016

    One of the beautiful things about efforts to improve the environment is they so often come with additional benefits.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Cold Dip for the Bay

    December 2, 2016

    For the second straight year, a bunch of CBF staffers took a dip into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Threatened Pennsylvania Hallmark

    November 18, 2016

    Brook trout are a hallmark of Pennsylvania's rivers and streams. As a great indicator for healthy water, their dwindling population is telling.

  • This Week in the Watershed: All Hands on Deck

    November 4, 2016

    Now more than ever, CBF is focusing on engaging diverse audiences, including recently embarking on a field trip with members of Central Virginia's Hispanic community.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Forgotten Fish

    October 28, 2016

    They might not be a common feature on dinner plates, but menhaden are often called "the most important fish in the sea."

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Growing Source of Pollution

    October 21, 2016

    Seventeen million. That's the number of people living in the Chesapeake Bay region. This presents a natural obstacle to clean water, most notably in efforts to reduce polluted runoff.

  • This Week in the Watershed: One Giant Crab

    October 14, 2016

    From dolphins, to sharks, to manatees, the Bay is always full of surprises. This week revealed yet another, as a gigantic blue crab was caught and released on a CBF education trip.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Major Investment

    October 7, 2016

    Plenty of plans to save the Bay and its rivers and streams have been made in the past, but good intentions devoid of action left us in a vicious circle of empty words and dirty water.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    September 23, 2016

    It's no secret that the condition of the Chesapeake Bay is a far cry from when Captain John Smith first explored its fruitful waters in the 1600s.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    September 16, 2016

    As we discussed last week, one of the most cost-effective ways to rid our waters of pollution is to implement best management practices (BMPs) on farms throughout the watershed.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    September 9, 2016

    Pollution is the enemy of clean water. And if we want to leave a legacy of clean water to future generations, we need to take action.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    September 2, 2016

    We all love clean water, but sometimes the path to achieving it is not all that "sexy." From talk of septic systems to land use management, to excess nutrients, the science and policy of clean water can be rather tedious and boring.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    August 19, 2016

    George Washington once wrote in his diary that he "went a dragging for Sturgeon," fishing for a culinary staple in the 18th century. But it's more than being mentioned in George Washington's diary that makes the Atlantic sturgeon an American legend.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    August 5, 2016

    The lazy, dog days of summer might be upon us, but saving the Bay never stops.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    July 22, 2016

    There are many things we love about the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, but near the top of the list are all the wonderful critters.

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    July 15, 2016

    It has often been said in some form since George Santayana first uttered the words in the early 20th century, that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.

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    June 24, 2016

    Last Friday the EPA released their assessment of progress made by the states in their 2014-15 milestones.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    June 17, 2016

    For far too long, dead zones have plagued the Chesapeake Bay every summer.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    June 10, 2016

    This week for the Chesapeake is a time not only to celebrate the beauty, bounty, and recreation the Bay provides but also to remember that the fight to save the Bay and its rivers and streams is a marathon, not a sprint.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    May 20, 2016

    A student graduating with a GPA in the "C" range wouldn't be among the most accomplished of his or her peers, but for the Bay, a "C" grade is a sign of progress.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    May 13, 2016

    This week, the International Living Future Institute designated our Brock Center a "Living Building."

  • This Week in the Watershed

    May 6, 2016

    Amidst a deluge of rainy days like we are currently experiencing, local flooding often ensues.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    April 29, 2016

    Today we want to take a moment to celebrate some unsung heroes of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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    April 22, 2016

    Happy Earth Day! As we have said many times, we believe that every day ought to be Earth Day.

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  • This Week in the Watershed: Blizzard 2016 Edition

    January 22, 2016

    Throughout much of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, all the buzz is the upcoming blizzard, set to strike Friday afternoon and persist through much of the weekend.

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