On September 3, 2013, CBF President Will Baker testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife at a field hearing entitled "Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Progress and Challenges." The purpose of the hearing was to explore the progress that has been made through the Chesapeake Bay Program toward Bay recovery, the effectiveness of current restoration programs and activities. Read the complete testimony
WIP Milestones 2012-13 Interim Progress Reports
Milestone Progress Being Made, but No Jurisdiction Meeting All Commitments
July 8, 2013—All the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay region are making progress meeting pollution reduction goals, but no jurisdiction is on track to implement all the pollution reduction practices they committed to achieve by 2013. The analysis of selected interim 2012-13 milestone goals was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC). This analysis is designed to ensure that commitments are being met, and if not, that actions will be taken to compensate for any shortfall. Select a report from the following list:
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The Link Between Smallmouth Bass Mortality and Disease and the Need to Reduce Water Pollution in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries
Released April 25, 2013. Scientific researchers suggest that a 'perfect storm' of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, pesticides, and endocrine disrupting chemicals along with warming water temperatures and parasites are threatening one of the region's most popular game fish, the smallmouth bass, according to a this CBF report. The report shows the possible link between phosphorus and nitrogen pollution and diseased and dying smallmouth bass. Although notable reductions in phosphorus and nitrogen pollution have occurred in the Susquehanna River since the 1980s data indicates that levels still remain elevated.
How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region
This CBF report examines claims that environmental regulations hurt the economy and finds them to be false. In addition, the report looks at the jobs that have been and will be created as a result of the Bay pollution limits, and finds that, especially during economic downturns, these regulations will stimulate job growth while cleaning the water, restoring fish and shell fish, and creating a healthy environment for our children.
Failure to "Save the Bay" threatens the Bay's value as an economic driver. Conversely, investing in clean-water technology creates jobs, generates economic activity, and saves money in the long run. Hence, the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake is essential for a healthy and vibrant regional economy. This CBF report takes a close look at the relationship between clean water and the Bay region's local economies.
The illnesses, premature deaths, health-related costs, and pollution that wouldThis CBF report reviews the illnesses, premature deaths, health-related costs, and pollution that would rise from a coal-fired power plant proposed near Hampton Roads, Virginia.
This CBF report finds that Chesapeake Bay oysters are developing natural resistance to the diseases that have so devastated the Bay's oyster population in recent decades and calls for additional sanctuaries to repopulate the species.
CBF released this report on July 7, 2009. The report links pollution to human health risks and calls on the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act now to reduce that pollution and the potential threats to human health.
On December 29, 2008, CBF released Bad Waters 2008, a most comprehensive assessment of pollution’s impact on the iconic blue crab population.
In September 2007, CBF released Bad Waters 2007, a comprehensive assessment of dead zones, algal blooms, and fish kills in the Chesapeake Bay region.
This CBF report, released in July 2007, looks at the impacts and benefits agricultural conservation work can have on climate change.