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May 21, 2015

CBF Applauds Senators' Efforts Urging USDA to Take Leadership Role in Pennsylvania

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—"CBF shares the concerns voiced by Sen. Cardin and Casey in their letter to Secretary Vilsack. We agree it is crucial that USDA provide more resources and technical assistance and target them to farmers in the Susquehanna River basin so Pennsylvania can fulfill its Clean Water Blueprint commitments."

Kim Coble, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued this statement regarding a recent letter sent by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin of Maryland and Robert Casey of Pennsylvania to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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Press Release

May 6, 2015

CBF Says Cancer Found in Smallmouth Bass Furthers Case for Susquehanna's Impairment

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the discovery of cancer in a smallmouth bass caught on the Susquehanna River provides further evidence that more must be done to clean up the river and its tributaries, and that the river should be declared an impaired waterway.

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Press Statement

May 5, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on ASMFC's Menhaden Action

(ALEXANDRIA, VA)—"Although we thought it appropriate that the current cap be continued, we are pleased that the Management Board has agreed to take a detailed look at the ecological value of menhaden as a forage fish for striped bass, bluefish, osprey, and other species."

Chris Moore, Virginia Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Menhaden Board meeting this morning.

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CBF In the News

May 19, 2015

CBF Goes off the Power and Water Grid. Will You?

(Huffington Post)— Will Baker, CBF President, writes, "Last November, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation 'unplugged' the new Brock Environmental Center from the power grid as part of the center's grand opening festivities in Virginia Beach. It was admittedly a purely symbolic gesture—the building remains hooked to the local electric utility. But we wanted to declare to the world our intention to operate this cutting-edge center using only onsite renewable energy." Read More

CBF In the News

May 17, 2015

What Chesapeake Bay has to Teach Lake Erie about Environmental Stewardship

(Cleveland Plain Dealer)—Will Baker, CBF President, writes, "There is no doubt that there are many similarities between pollution in Lake Erie and pollution in the Chesapeake and its local rivers and streams. Since 1987, we in the Chesapeake Bay region have known that nitrogen and phosphorus pollution needed to be reduced by about 40 percent. Coincidentally, that is the same percent reduction that it is estimated Lake Erie needs." Read More


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It's Oyster Season for Volunteers

Registration is open for oyster gardeners in Virginia and Maryland. And check the calendar for our upcoming reef ball building activities.

Register for Clean the Bay Day

Registration for Virginia's Clean the Bay Day is now open.



Upcoming Events

"Stories of the Shore" (VA)
Fri, 29 May 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wetland Planting - Severn River Watershed (MD)
Sat, 30 May 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Oyster Shell Shaking (MD)
Fri, 05 Jun 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Clean the Bay Day (VA)
Sat, 06 Jun 2015
All Day Event

Oyster Gardening Spat Return (MD)
Sat, 06 Jun 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bear Creek Kayaking (MD)
Sat, 06 Jun 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Clean Water Concert Series: Spark in da Pan (MD)
Sat, 06 Jun 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Oyster Gardening Spat Return (MD)
Sun, 07 Jun 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oyster Gardening Event (VA)
Tue, 09 Jun 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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May 21, 2015

Kale Cook Off! Sunday June 7th

Ever feel like you have enough kale to fill a bathtub? No? Just us? After all these years of swimming in kale, we thought it would be fun to find out which kale recipes really knock our socks off. And we know that many of YOU have favorite kale recipes. Since we'll use anything as an excuse for a...



Episode #5
Digging A Little Deeper
May 26, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee to discuss the how and why of urban stream restoration and the importance of addressing polluted runoff.

Episode #4
Something A Little Different
May 12, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller about the litigation over the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

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Special interests are fighting us in court to kill the Blueprint

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Agricultural lobbyists recruited the attorneys general from 21 states—states like Alabama, Texas, and even Alaska—to stop us from cleaning up our waters. These special interests are right now fighting us in court to kill the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

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