2015 Press Releases

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Federal & Baywide

May 27, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Waters of the U.S. Rule

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release today of the Clean Waters Rule. Read More

May 21, 2015

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

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued the following 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. Read More

May 5, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on ASMFC's Menhaden Actions

(ALEXANDRIA, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Senior Virginia Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement following the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Menhaden Board meeting this morning. The Board voted to increase the current cap on harvest by 10 percent for 2015 and 2016. In addition, the Board committed to changes in the fishery management plan in the future. Read More

May 4, 2015

Don't Raise Menhaden Catch Quotas without Ecological Safeguards

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement regarding possible changes to coast-wide menhaden harvest quotas by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Menhaden Management Board. Read More

April 27, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on the Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement after today's release of the 2015 Chesapeake Bay winter crab dredge survey, which showed modest improvement in the Bay's blue crab population. Read More

March 25, 2015

They Are Coming: Some Osprey Are on the Move

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The annual migration of osprey from their wintering grounds in South America is now underway. While some have already arrived in the Chesapeake Bay region, others have not yet begun their trek. You can track the movements of four Chesapeake Bay osprey at cbf.org/ospreymap. Read More

March 16, 2015

New EPA Reports Examine State Oversight of Agriculture Programs in Virginia and Pennsylvania

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—New reports from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examine state programs overseeing animal agricultural facilities as well as actions undertaken by Virginia and Pennsylvania to reduce pollution from agriculture. The reports found that while both states have pieces in place to support pollution reductions, both states have significant deficiencies that will have to be rectified if clean-up goals are to be achieved. Read More

March 10, 2015

CBF Annual Photo Contest Under Way

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announces its 12th annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 10. Read More

March 2, 2015

CBF: A National Treasure is Retiring

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following Senator Barbara Mikulski's announcement of her retirement. Read More

February 3, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Proposed Obama Administration Budget

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement on the proposed Obama Administration budget. Read More

February 3, 2015

Science is Clear: Pollution Dropping, Bay Still in Recovery

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issues this statement following the release of the Bay Barometer 2013-2014 Report by the Chesapeake Bay Program office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

February 2, 2015

Bay Foundation Names Two Vice Presidents

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is proud to announce two new vice presidents have joined the CBF executive team to help lead the organization. Tom Ackerman is the new vice president of education, and Katharene Poston Snavely the new vice president of development. Both were promoted from within CBF after a national search. Read More

January 27, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Offshore Drilling Draft Strategy

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement in response to the Obama Administration's announced draft strategy to open up the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling. Read More

January 16, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on New Menhaden Stock Assessment

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough issued this statement following the release of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) menhaden stock assessment yesterday. Read More

January 14, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Farm Conservation Funding

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the region will receive $19 million in additional funding as one of eight Critical Conservation Areas to be included in the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) under the federal Farm Bill. An additional $5.3 million was awarded from a fund set up for state projects that improve water quality. Read More

January 5, 2015

State of the Bay: Water Quality Improvements Offset By Fisheries Declines

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) biennial State of the Bay Report is a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that the overall pollution score improved, but that improvement was offset by declines in fisheries. "While we can celebrate water quality improvements, we must also acknowledge that many local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay are still polluted. They remain a system dangerously out of balance," said CBF President William C. Baker. Read More

Maryland

April 23, 2015

CBF Applauds National Award to Howard County Public School System

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— Tom Ackerman, Vice President of Education for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following the announcement yesterday that the Howard County Public School System won a U.S. Department of Education District Sustainability Award. Read More

April 13, 2015

Eleventh Hour Passage of Stormwater Bill Caps Remarkable Session for Bay

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— The eleventh hour passage of a bill that helps reduce polluted runoff from cities and suburbs in Maryland capped a surprisingly successful session for the Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland General Assembly. Read More

April 13, 2015

House of Delegates Strengthens Maryland Stormwater Law

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— The Clean Water, Healthy Families coalition [including Chesapeake Bay Foundation] today applauded the work done by the House of Delegates' Environment and Transportation Committee on SB863, which revises Maryland's stormwater legislation. Read More

March 18, 2015

Joint Environmental Statement on Hogan Administration's Revised Phosphorus Regulations

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— The Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a joint statement today about Governor Hogan's revised Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulations. Read More

March 16, 2015

CBF to Help Midshipman in Barrels by the Bay Project

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will celebrate a school-based water conservation project called Barrels by the Bay with a festive kick-off event Monday, March 23 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, CBF's headquarters building in Annapolis. Read More

February 27, 2015

Joint Environmental Statement on Hogan Administration's Proposed Phosphorus Regulations

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— The Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced their opposition to the Hogan Administration's proposed Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulations, after conducting a detailed analysis of the regulations, and released the following joint statement. Read More

February 24, 2015

Governor's Proposed Regulation of Poultry Manure—Waiting for Details

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— As of Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation had insufficient information to make a judgment about Governor Hogan's proposed regulations of poultry manure application. Read More

February 13, 2015

Let's Stick to the Facts

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following Governor Hogan's recent statements that Maryland counties and Baltimore City are taxing citizens for "rain that falls on the roofs of their homes." Read More

February 10, 2015

Governor's Stormwater Repeal Bill Would Take State Backwards

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the introduction of SB 588 and HB 481 which would repeal 2012 legislation that provided funds to help local governments reduce polluted runoff. Read More

February 4, 2015

Environment Committee Members Co-Sponsor Manure Solution Bill

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today following introduction of SB 257 by lead sponsor Senator Paul Pinsky which codifies in legislation a common-sense and science-based solution to a crisis on the Eastern Shore caused by too much chicken manure. Read More

January 22, 2015

CBF: Sad Day for Maryland

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)— "This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. Governor Hogan has hurt the river and streams on Maryland's Eastern Shore where 228,000 tons of excess manure will continue to be applied to farm fields each year, and to wash off into nearby creeks and river. The new governor rolled back 10 years of progress when he withdrew the Phosphorus Management Tool, a common sense, science-based solution to the manure crisis." Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following Governor Hogan's withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrate oxide reduction regulations. Read More

January 19, 2015

CBF Will Challenge in Court Maryland's Stormwater Permits for Howard, Carroll, Charles, Frederick and Harford Counties

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) filed a  Notice of Appeal on Friday, Jan. 16 with the Circuit Court of Howard County notifying the court that CBF intends to challenge the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) new stormwater permit for Howard County. CBF also will file similar notices this week announcing intended challenges of new MDE permits for Carroll, Charles, Frederick and Harford counties. Read More

Pennsylvania

May 6, 2015

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

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) 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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April 23, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says Senate Bill Could Derail Clean Water Efforts in Pennsylvania

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) says Pennsylvania Senate Bill 724 threatens to derail current clean water restoration efforts and divert critical funding from proven science-based practices, while favoring proprietary, corporate-backed and costly manure technologies.

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April 10, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Responds to Auditor General's Report on Bay Cleanup Efforts

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the public release of Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's "Special Report on the Importance of Meeting Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reduction Targets."

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April 1, 2015

Volunteers Join Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Plant 600 Live Stakes from Native Trees

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Twenty-five volunteers braved snow flurries and blustery conditions on Saturday, to plant 600 live stakes from native trees at the Quittapahilla Educational Wetland Preserve in Lebanon County.

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March 11, 2015

Volunteers Invited to Join Chesapeake Bay Foundation for Tree Planting

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Volunteers are invited to celebrate spring with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Penn State University's "Greening the Lower Susquehanna" project, by planting live stakes from native trees at the Quittapahilla Educational Wetland Preserve in Lebanon County, Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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March 4, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Responds to Governor Wolf's Budget Proposal

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell in response to Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal for 2015-16.

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February 11, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Proposed Natural Gas Severance Tax

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued this statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal for a natural gas severance tax to be used exclusively for education.

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February 10, 2015

Clean Water Counts!  in Venango County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Venango County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State.

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January 30, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement on Halt to Natural Gas Permits

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued this statement following Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on natural gas drilling in state forests and state parks.

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January 28, 2015

Clean Water Counts!  in Jefferson County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Jefferson County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State.

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January 15, 2015

Clean Water Counts!  in Greene County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Greene County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State.

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January 15, 2015

Clean Water Counts!  in Erie County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Erie County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State.

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January 13, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Quigley, Dunn, Redding Nominations

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued this statement following the announcement by Governor-elect Wolf of the nominations of John Quigley to head the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Cindy Dunn to head the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and Russell Redding to head the Department of Agriculture.

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January 8, 2015

Clean Water Counts!  in Washington County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Washington County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State.

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Virginia

May 4, 2015

"Stories of the Shore" Promises Lively Evening at Historic Ker Place in Onancock

(ONANCOCK, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will host "Stories of the Shore," an evening of original reflections and salty tales, on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at Historic Ker Place, 69 Market Street in Onancock. Read More

April 1, 2015

CBF Starts Clock to Meet Living Building Challenge

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today began year-long monitoring of the Brock Environmental Center aimed at achieving Living Building Challenge certification, a rare, environmentally demanding designation achieved by only a handful of buildings around the world. Read More

April 1, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Honored to Receive Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President Will Baker issued this statement following the announcement by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that CBF is the recipient of a 2015 Virginia Governor's Environmental Excellence Gold Award. Read More

March 30, 2015

Volunteers Sought to Plant Native Trees, Shrubs at CBF Brock Center at Pleasure House Point

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is seeking volunteers to help plant native trees and shrubs on Tuesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CBF's Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive in Virginia Beach. Read More

March 4, 2015

CBF Commends Runoff Permits for Henrico, Fairfax, But Calls for Mandatory Benchmarks and Monitoring

(RICHMOND, VA)—While commending the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for proposing tough new permitting requirements that will reduce runoff pollution in Henrico and Fairfax counties, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is calling upon the state to require additional conditions that ensure greater accountability. Read More

February 27, 2015

"CBF Supper Club" to Focus on Landscaping with Native Plants

(RICHMOND, VA)—The next in a monthly series of Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) "Supper Club" potluck dinners is slated for Thursday, March 12, 2015, and will feature a conversation about native plants and how they beautify yards and gardens, provide food and homes for wildlife, and improve the health of local streams and rivers. Read More

February 24, 2015

CBF to Host Free Screening of Movie "Dirt!"

(ONANCOCK, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will host a free screening of "Dirt! The Movie," an award-winning documentary featuring people striving to renew their relationship with the earth. Read More

February 24, 2015

Bay Foundation Applauds Legislators for Boosting Bay Cleanup Funding in State Budget

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement following the release today of proposed revisions to the two-year state budget by General Assembly conferees. Read More

February 19, 2015

March 10 Blue Planet Forum to Focus on Economic Value of a Clean Chesapeake Bay

(NORFOLK, VA)—Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones will join a panel discussion to explore the economic value of clean streams, rivers, and a restored Chesapeake Bay at the next Blue Planet Forum on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Read More

February 8, 2015

Bay Foundation Issues Statement on Budget Proposals for Bay Cleanup

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued the following statement today regarding state budget amendments for Chesapeake Bay restoration released today by General Assembly money committees. Read More

 
 

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