2016 Press Releases

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Federal & Baywide

June 17, 2016

CBF Issues Statements on EPA Milestone Assessments

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued these statements following the release of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) assessment of progress made by the states in their 2014-15 milestones. Read More

May 17, 2016

CBF Issues Statement on the UMCES Bay Health Assessment

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement following the release of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Bay health assessment. Read More

April 28, 2016

CBF: Cardin Work on Bipartisan Bill Could Help Fund Bay Cleanup, Increase Oyster Efforts

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, vice president, Environmental Protection and Restoration, for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following today's bipartisan approval by 19-1 of The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Read More

April 28, 2016

Dark Spots on the Bay; A Hopeful Sign

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, vice president, Environmental Protection and Restoration, for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the release of annual aerial monitoring data of underwater grass abundance by the Chesapeake Bay Program. Read More

April 18, 2016

CBF Issues Statement on Bay Program Pollution Assessment

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the Chesapeake Bay Program's annual pollution assessment. Read More

March 21, 2016

CBF Annual Photo Contest Gets under Way

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its 12th annual watershed photo contest is now underway. Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 13. Read More

March 11, 2016

CBF Statement on Final Conowingo Report

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement about the final Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment released this week. Read More

February 29, 2016

Supreme Court Allows Chesapeake Bay Blueprint to Stand

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan known as the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Read More

February 29, 2016

Michael D. Hankin Receives Conservationist of the Year Award from Chesapeake Bay Foundation

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has awarded its Conservationist of the Year Award to Michael D. Hankin, President/CEO of the independent investment firm of Brown Advisory. Read More

January 26, 2016

CBF Board Elects Harry T. Lester as Chairman

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker announced that CBF's Board of Trustees has elected Harry T. Lester as its new Chairman. Read More

January 20, 2016

CBF and Partners Argue Supreme Court Should Let Bay Restoration Rulings Stand

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker and partners issued the following statement regarding their brief calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand the lower courts' rulings on challenges to Bay restoration. Read More

Maryland

July 28, 2016

Maryland Oysters Are Threatened Again

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is calling for the Hogan Administration to follow good science, and to allow oyster restoration to continue as planned in the state. CBF is prepared to analyze the Administration's long-awaited review of the state's oyster management plan which is expected to be released tomorrow, Friday, July 29. Read More

June 2, 2016

CBF Issues a Statement on a Boat Accident Involving CBF's Education Program

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning an accident involving a CBF boat with Kent School fourth-grade students, parents, and a teacher on board. Read More

June 1, 2016

Agreement for Fixing Baltimore Sewers Should Be Top Priority of New Mayor

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the release of proposed modifications to the consent decree between Baltimore City, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Maryland Department of the Environment, to eliminate sewer overflows in Baltimore. Read More

April 12, 2016

CBF Issues Statement on Blue Crab Population

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chris Moore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Scientist, issued this statement following the release of the annual Winter Crab Dredge Survey in Maryland and Virginia. Read More

April 4, 2016

CBF Statement Supports BLocal Program

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement today supporting the efforts of Baltimore area businesses that are participating in the BLocal Program. Read More

March 18, 2016

Prince George's County Delegation Votes to Weaken Forest Protection in the County

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement following the Prince George's County delegation meeting today. At that meeting, a majority of the delegation voted to significantly weaken forest protection laws in Prince George's County. Read More

March 14, 2016

CBF and Partner Response to Ongoing MDA Data on Eastern Shore Fields with High Phosphorus Levels

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Environmental organizations released the following statement today, in response to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's new information about preliminary soil samples showing how many farm fields are over-saturated with phosphorus and may not be able to accept further manure applied, as the state implements the Phosphorus Management Tool. Read More

February 2, 2016

Environment, Budget Leaders Introduce Bill to Make Chicken Companies Responsible for Their Manure in Maryland

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Environment and budget committee leaders in the Maryland General Assembly are among more than 50 legislators who have thrown their support behind The Poultry Litter Management Act. Read More

January 20, 2016

Governor Hogan's Budget Could Boost Bay Recovery

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement about the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget presented today by Governor Hogan. Read More

January 14, 2016

Top Chesapeake Bay Legislation in 2016 Would Make Chicken Companies Responsible for Manure

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—A broad coalition of environmental groups is banding together during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly to support legislation requiring poultry companies to take responsibility for the manure their chickens produce. Read More

Pennsylvania

July 22, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Lebanon County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Lebanon County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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July 22, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Chester County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chester County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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July 20, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Lancaster County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Lancaster County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth by proclaiming July as "Clean Water Counts Month."

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July 14, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Lehigh County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Lehigh County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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July 14, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Warren County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Warren County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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July 13, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Susquehanna County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Susquehanna County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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July 5, 2016

Clean Water Counts in Lawrence County

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Lawrence County has joined the growing list of Pennsylvania counties that have adopted a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.

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June 21, 2016

CBF Applauds Cambria County as the 26th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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June 16, 2016

CBF Applauds Carbon County as the 25th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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June 13, 2016

CBF Issues Statement on Dead Zone Forecast

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Senior Scientist Beth McGee issued this statement following the release of this year's dead-zone forecast.

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June 6, 2016

CBF Applauds Cameron County as the 24th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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June 6, 2016

CBF Applauds Dauphin County as the 23rd County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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June 6, 2016

CBF Applauds McKean County as the 22nd County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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June 6, 2016

CBF Applauds Montgomery County as the 21st County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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May 31, 2016

CBF Applauds Franklin County as the 20th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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May 31, 2016

CBF Applauds Montour County as the 19th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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May 23, 2016

CBF Calls for Clean Water Progress in Wake of DEP Secretary's Resignation

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Lee Ann Murray, assistant executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania, issued this statement following the resignation of John Quigley as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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May 20, 2016

CBF Applauds Centre County as the 18th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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May 18, 2016

CBF Pleased with Release of $25 Million in Funding for Pennsylvania Clean Water Projects

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Harry Campbell, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, issued this statement following the announcement by Governor Tom Wolf that 114 projects would receive a total of $25.1 million in Growing Greener funding through the Department of Environmental Protection.

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May 17, 2016

CBF Applauds Indiana County as the 17th County to Join the Clean Water Counts Campaign

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

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May 10, 2016

CBF Applauds Pennsylvania Legislators for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week Resolutions

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds both chambers of the Pennsylvania legislature for unanimously approving resolutions designating the week of June 5-11 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

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May 3, 2016

CBF Earns Arbor Day Foundation's "Good Steward Award" for Buffers and Tree Plantings

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania was honored with the Good Steward Award from the Arbor Day Foundation's (ADF) 2016 National Awards Competition, for planting trees, adding forested buffers along stream banks, and improving water quality in the Commonwealth.

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April 22, 2016

Tree Plantings at the Root of CBF's Environmental Excellence Award

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania has received the prestigious Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for helping landowners plant thousands of trees, reduce pollution of rivers and streams, and improve water quality in the Commonwealth.

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March 24, 2016

CBF Congratulates PA Fish and Boat Commission on Its 150th Anniversary

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued this statement by Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell, as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission prepares to commemorate its 150th anniversary on March 30.

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February 9, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says Governor Wolf's 2016-17 Budget Proposal Lacks Adequate Funding for New Clean Water Plan

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) believes that Governor Tom Wolf's proposed $32.7 billion budget for 2016-17 lacks the resources to implement Pennsylvania's new, improved clean water Blueprint.

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February 2, 2016

CBF Welcomes Restored EPA Funding for DEP, Urges Pennsylvania to Support Its Clean Water Plan

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) welcomed the news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored $3 million in program funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and sees it as another step to get the Commonwealth back on track toward its clean water commitments.

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January 21, 2016

Pennsylvania Releases New Strategy for Reducing Water Pollution

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has unveiled a new strategy for cleaning up its polluted waterways, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is calling on leaders in Harrisburg to make the necessary investments to ensure its success.

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Virginia

July 5, 2016

Annual Paddle for the Bay Event Set for July 30

(NORFOLK, VA)—Registration is now open for Paddle for the Bay, the 19th annual race and paddle to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Read More

June 4, 2016

Clean the Bay Day Draws Thousands of Volunteers to Pick up Shoreline Litter and Debris

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—Thousands of volunteers turned out today for the 28th Clean the Bay Day, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) annual shoreline and stream cleanup and one of the largest volunteer events in Virginia. Read More

May 12, 2016

Brock Center Meets Living Building Challenge

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach has achieved one of the toughest building standards in the world—Living Building Challenge certification. Read More

April 15, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Offers Training for Public Speaking about the Bay

(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is looking for volunteers to join our "Speaker's Bureau" and attend a training session in Richmond on May 1. Read More

April 12, 2016

CBF Issues Statement on Blue Crab Population

(HAMPTON ROADS, VA)—Chris Moore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Scientist, issued this statement following the release of the annual Winter Crab Dredge Survey in Maryland and Virginia. Read More

March 30, 2016

Volunteers Urged to Register for 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its local partners across Virginia are now recruiting volunteers for the 28th Clean the Bay Day. CBF's annual shoreline cleanup is scheduled this year for Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. until noon. Read More

March 23, 2016

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to Help Inaugurate Innovative Community Garden at South Richmond Church

(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will join members of Second Baptist Church of South Richmond and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in inaugurating a new garden that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to Southside Richmond and reduce water pollution entering local waterways. Read More

March 14, 2016

CBF Statement on President Obama’s Offshore Drilling Decision

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell issued the following statement on the announcement today that Virginia will remain off limits for offshore oil and gas drilling. Read More

March 14, 2016

Richmond Talk to Focus on Colorful Virginia Songbird

(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is hosting a "Desserts and Discussion" talk on March 24 about the prothonotary warbler, a colorful songbird found in Virginia's forested wetlands. Read More

March 14, 2016

Volunteers Needed for Farm Buffer Planting in Exmore

(EXMORE, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking volunteers to plant a buffer of native shrubs at a farm near Silver Beach on Wednesday, March 23. Read More

March 12, 2016

CBF Statement on General Assembly Support for Clean Water Programs

(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia's 2016 General Assembly late yesterday approved vital support for programs that will help restore the Commonwealth's rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Read More

February 22, 2016

CBF Statement on Budget Bills Released by Virginia's House and Senate

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell issued the following statement on the budget proposals recently released by the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Read More

February 11, 2016

"Bees, Trees, and Clean Water" Workshop Will Be Held March 26

(MACHIPONGO, VA)—The public is invited to learn how native plants can enhance the beauty of yards and gardens, attract beneficial birds and insects, and improve the health of local creeks and the Chesapeake Bay. Read More

February 11, 2016

"Desserts and Discussion" in Richmond to Focus on Virginia Wetlands and Clean Water

(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is hosting a "Desserts and Discussion" talk on February 25, featuring a conversation about the importance of wetlands to clean water. Read More

January 21, 2016

CBF Statement on Virginia Budget Amendments

(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell issued the following statement on legislative budget proposals posted today that would boost funding for programs that help farms and cities reduce pollution entering Virginia's waterways. Read More

 

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