2017 Press Releases

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Federal & Baywide

April 17, 2017

CBF Issues Statement on the Importance of the Federal Partnership in Continuing Bay Recovery

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement on the importance of maintaining a federal partnership as the Bay continues to improve.

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March 16, 2017

CBF Issues Statement on Elimination of Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement concerning President Trump's proposed budget, which eliminates funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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March 2, 2017

CBF Issues Statement on OMB Proposal to Cut Bay Restoration Funding

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Following reports in the Washington Post today of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposal to cut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding in support of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement.

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January 18, 2017

CBF Issues Statement on Nominee Pruitt's Testimony concerning Bay Restoration

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the testimony of EPA Administrator nominee Pruitt concerning Bay restoration efforts.

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January 5, 2017

Blueprint Progress Drives Improved Bay Health

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The health of the Chesapeake Bay improved two points (six percent) this year to 34, equivalent to a C-, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) biennial State of the Bay report.

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Maryland

April 19, 2017

CBF: Annual Crab Survey Numbers Suggest Need to Maintain Regulations

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

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April 13, 2017

Oyster Reports Show Restoration Efforts Are Working, but Much Work Remains

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Allison Colden, Maryland Fisheries Scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following the release today of reports outlining the progress made by Maryland and Virginia in recent years to increase significant acreage of oyster reefs.

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April 6, 2017

Precaution Prevails; Oysters Won't Be Harvested from Sanctuary Reefs without Complete Science

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today on HB 924 becoming law.

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February 24, 2017

Poll: MD Voters Overwhelmingly Support Oyster Sanctuaries

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—An overwhelming majority of Maryland voters across party lines support maintaining existing Chesapeake Bay oyster sanctuaries, according to a poll by a bipartisan research team commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

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February 14, 2017

Proposal Would Allow Harvest on Nearly 1,000 Acres of Best Oyster Sanctuaries

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the release of a draft plan to change the way oysters are managed in Maryland. Read More

Pennsylvania

March 29, 2017

CBF Applauds Governor Wolf's Strong Commitment to Clean Water in PA and the Bay

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued the following statement applauding Governor Tom Wolf's commitment to clean water for the Commonwealth and the Chesapeake Bay.

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February 23, 2017

CBF Joins 500 Signers in Nationwide Call for No Cuts in Farm Bill Programs

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued the following statement after CBF joined 500 other organizations nationwide, in signing a letter urging congressional leaders on the Budget and Appropriations committees to reject calls for cuts to Farm Bill programs.

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February 15, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Names Emily Thorpe as Student Leadership Coordinator in Pennsylvania

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Emily Thorpe as its Student Leadership Coordinator in Pennsylvania. Through CBF's Student Leadership program, high school students plan and participate in advocacy and restoration activities throughout Pennsylvania's portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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February 7, 2017

CBF Says Governor Wolf's Budget Proposal for 2017-18 Lacks Adequate Investments to Meet Pennsylvania's Clean Water Commitments

(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 $32.3 billion General Fund budget proposal for fiscal year 2017-18.

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January 27, 2017

CBF Supports an Equitable Water Use Fee to Help Clean up Pennsylvania's Rivers and Streams

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Harry Campbell, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania, issued this statement in support of the concept of a water use fee that would go toward reducing pollution in the Commonwealth's rivers and streams.

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January 20, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Names Lane Whigham Outreach and Advocacy Manager in Pennsylvania

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Lane Whigham as its Pennsylvania Outreach and Advocacy Manager.

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Virginia

April 21, 2017

Statement on Governor Signing Bill to Fix Alexandria's Combined Sewer System

(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation today that will require Alexandria to upgrade its outdated combined sewer system by 2025. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Potomac Riverkeeper Network, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters released the following statements in response.

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April 19, 2017

CBF: Annual Crab Survey Numbers Suggest Need to Maintain Regulations

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

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March 29, 2017

CBF Statement on Rep. Scott Taylor Letter Supporting Bay Program Funding

(RICHMOND, VA)—Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach) urged full funding for the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program in a letter yesterday to key House appropriators.

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March 28, 2017

CBF Statement on Proposals for Addressing Alexandria's Combined Sewer System

(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proposed giving Alexandria until as late as 2030 to address upgrades to its outdated combined sewer system, which sends untreated sewage into waterways and jeopardizes human health and water quality.

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February 27, 2017

Virginia Budget Supports Farm Conservation Practices

(RICHMOND, VA)—Over the weekend Virginia's legislators approved a budget that includes an investment of about $17 million in fiscal year 2018 in Virginia's agricultural cost-share program.

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February 7, 2017

CBF Statement on Virginia House and Senate Budgets

(RICHMOND, VA)—In separate proposed fiscal year 2018 budgets released Sunday, the Virginia Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations committee both supported funding for the Commonwealth's agricultural cost-share program.

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January 31, 2017

Statement on Virginia General Assembly Resolution Commending CBF on Its 50th Anniversary

(RICHMOND, VA)—On the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates today, legislators presented the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) with a resolution commending CBF on its 50th anniversary.

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