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CBF President Will Baker Testifies on Bay Restoration

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


Maryland Milestones ReportWIP 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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Cover: CBF 2014 Polluted Runoff ReportPolluted Runoff

How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health

Released January 14, 2014. With the challenge of reducing urban and suburban runoff at the forefront of discussions at all levels of government, This report sheds light on the problem, debunk myths around the costs of solutions, and call for actions to be taken that will reduce the damage of polluted runoff. Read More


Click here to view our Smallmouth Bass Investigative Report.Angling for Healthier Rivers

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. Read More


CBF Investigative Report Cover. Debunking the Job Killer Myth: How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay RegionDebunking the "Job Killer" Myth: How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region

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. Read More

Cover: The Economic Argument for Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay and its RiversThe Economic Argument for Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay and its Rivers

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. Read More


CBF Investigative Report: A Coal Plant's Drain on Health and WealthA Coal Plant's Drain on Health and Wealth

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. href="target=&pid=0&did=689&tab=0">Read More


CBF Report: Oyster Report 2010 - On the BrinkOyster Report 2010 - On the Brink

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. Read More


Bad Water 2009: The Impact on Human Health in the Chesapeake Bay RegionBad Water 2009: The Impact on Human Health in the Chesapeake Bay Region

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. Read More


Cover: Bad Waters and the Decline of Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake BayBad Waters and the Decline of Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay

On December 29, 2008, CBF released Bad Waters 2008, a most comprehensive assessment of pollution’s impact on the iconic blue crab population. Read More


Cover: CBF Bad Waters Report 2007Bad Waters: Dead Zones, Algal Blooms, and Fish Kills in the Chesapeake Bay Region in 2007

In September 2007, CBF released Bad Waters 2007, a comprehensive assessment of dead zones, algal blooms, and fish kills in the Chesapeake Bay region. Read More

Cover: Climate Change ReportClimate Change and the Chesapeake Bay: Challenges, Impacts, and the Multiple Benefits of Agricultural Conservation Work

This CBF report, released in July 2007, looks at the impacts and benefits agricultural conservation work can have on climate change. Read More

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