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Will Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay FoundationWelcome to Turning the Tide, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's biweekly, Tuesday morning podcast. Join President Will Baker as he shares with you his thoughts on what it will really take to turn the tide—to restore our Bay and its rivers and streams. Our listeners are welcome to provide feedback, including topics for future podcasts. Just drop us a line at chesapeake@cbf.org.

EPISODES


Episode #46
Let Science Be Your Guide
December 20, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and retiring CBF Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough discuss the progress made using the science-based management of rockfish, crabs, oysters, and menhaden over the last decades.



Meet Bill Goldsborough on CBF's blog.

Photo credit: CBF Staff


Episode #45
Second Chances: People, Planet, Profit
December 6, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Pete Theodore from Second Chance in Baltimore, Maryland, about the environmental and community benefits of diverting waste from our landfills.



Find out more at www.secondchanceinc.org.

Photo by Rob Beach/CBF Staff


Episode #44
We Can Be Saved
November 22, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Tangier Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge about the Chesapeake Bay that has provided for his beloved island and now threatens to take it away.



See one of our Photos of the Week of Tangier Island and find out how CBF is helping find nature-based solutions to sea-level rise.

Photo credit Tom Pelton


Episode #43
Eating Local at Gertrude's Restaurant
November 8, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and John Shields—cookbook author, tv chef, and owner of Baltimore's Gertrude's Restaurant—discuss the virtues of eating local in the Chesapeake Bay region.



Find out more about CBF's own local farm at cbf.org/ClagettFarm. Local resources for your own vegetable, meat, and dairy cuisine in the Chesapeake Bay region can be found at www.buylocalchesapeake.org.

Photo courtesy of Gertrude's Restaurant


Episode #42
Growing Up Tangier
October 25, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with 16-year-old Isaiah McCready about life on the Chesapeake Bay's historic Tangier Island.



For more information about CBF's Mentors in Agricultural Conservation program, contact Lane Whigham at lwhigham@cbf.org.

Photo credit: CBF Staff


Episode #41
Follow the Soil
October 11, 2016

Originally aired September 1, 2015
CBF President Will Baker talks with farmer, conservationist, and James Madison University Professor of Natural Resource Management Bobby Whitescarver about farming for clean water. Whitescarver's theory: If you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of you.



Bobby Whitescarver is a consultant, blogger, and retired field conservationist with decades of experience in watershed and wildlife habitat restoration. He is a frequent contributor to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog.

Follow CBF's Farmers' Success Stories blog series on how farmers across the watershed are working to improve both water quality and farm productivity..


Episode #40
Future Farmers, Future Bay Savers
September 27, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Student Leadership Manager Lane Whigham talk about a new program that provides conservation mentoring for future farmers in Pennsylvania.

For more information about CBF's Mentors in Agricultural Conservation program, contact Lane Whigham at lwhigham@cbf.org.

Photo credit: CBF Staff


Episode #39
The Sweet Spot
September 13, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration Kim Coble discuss a new approach to reducing pollution in Pennsylvania.

Find out more at cbf.org/PApriority

Photo © John Pavoncello/York Dispatch

Transcript of Episode 39: The Sweet Spot (PDF)
 


Episode #38
Danger: What's in Your Local Water?
August 31, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Assistant Director of Media Relations Tom Zolper about results from this year's bacteria testing in swimming areas around the watershed.

Find out more and see the data at cbf.org/bacteria

Photo credit: BJ Small/CBF Staff

Transcript for Episode 38: Danger: What's in Your Local Water? (PDF)
 


Episode #37
Saving the Mighty Susquehanna
August 18, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Pennsylvania Media Coordinator B.J. Small discuss the push to declare the Susquehanna impaired.

Sign our petition to get the Lower Susquehanna on the Impaired Waters List.

Photo © John Pavoncello/York Dispatch

Transcript for Episode 37: Saving the Mighty Susquehanna (PDF)
 


Episode #36
A Jurassic Gem
August 2, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers about current efforts to save the Atlantic Sturgeon, the Chesapeake’s endangered dinosaur fish.

Sign our petition now and join us in telling NOAA Fisheries to make water quality a top priority as they designate critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon.

Photo credit: iStock

Transcript for Episode 36: A Jurassic Gem (PDF)
 


Episode #35
Seeding Our Future
July 19, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Jackie Shannon and Heather North—experts from CBF’s Virginia oyster restoration center—about rebuilding the Bay's living water treatment centers.

Photo: CBF Staff


Episode #34
Bullish on Blue Crabs
July 5, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough discuss the current state of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Photo: Damon Fodge


Episode #33
This Bay Is Going to Set Me Free
June 21, 2016

CBF President Will Baker chats with Ray Langston, longtime resident and former mayor of Highland Beach, Maryland, a Bay-front community with a proud history and a bright future.

To tour the Frederick Douglass Museum , call Jean Langston at 410-267-6960. Please call a day or two in advance. For more information about the museum and Highland Beach visit www.highlandbeachmd.org.

Photo: The Frederick Douglass Museum in Highland Beach, Maryland. Credit: Loren Barnett/CBF Staff


Episode #32
Beneath the Surface
June 7, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with underwater photographer Jay Fleming about hopeful signs that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is beginning to work.

See Jay's work at www.jayflemingphotography.com/.

Photo credit: Loren Barnett/CBF Staff


Episode #31
Connections: Water Quality and Human Health
May 24, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell discuss the importance of good water quality in our rivers and streams and the Bay.

Photo: © Copyright 2016 Miguel Angel de la Cueva/iLCP


Episode #30
Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
May 10, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Virginia Outreach Coordinator Tanner Council gear up for CBF's 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day in Virginia.

Find out more about how you can get involved at cbf.org/clean.

Photo: CBF Staff


Episode #29
Over One Million Served
April 26, 2016

In honor of Environmental Education Week, CBF President Will Baker and longtime CBF Educator Tiffany Granberg talk about engaging students, teachers, and adults.

Find out more about CBF's environmental education program and how you can get involved.

Photo: © Bill Portlock


Episode #28
Reaping Success
April 12, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Restoration Scientist Rob Schnabel discuss the many benefits of planting streamside buffers on farms and CBF's efforts to help farmers make them happen.

CBF works with farmers throughout the watershed. Take a look at some of our efforts in Pennsylvania and find out more about the Maryland Grazer's Network.

Photo by Matt Earhart/CBF Staff


Episode #27
Leading the Way
March 29, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Vice President for Administration Mary Tod Winchester discuss CBF’s success as a pioneer in the green building arena.

Find out more about CBF's Philip Merrill Environmental Center and Brock Environmental Center.

Photo: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world. Photo by Deanna Brusa/CBF Staff


Episode #26
A Harbinger of Spring
March 15, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Senior Naturalist John Page Williams welcome the return of osprey to the Chesapeake Bay.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Photo by Joel Boches


Episode #25
Supreme Court Denies Farm Bureau Attack
March 1, 2016

CBF President Will Baker and Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller applaud the Supreme Court's historic decision to uphold the legality of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Read the press release

Photo Wikimedia Commons


Episode #24
The Art of Grazing
February 16, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF's Clagett Farm Manager Michael Heller about the benefits of rotational grazing and soil management.


Episode #23
A Salty Situation
February 2, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee about the effects of road salt on the Bay and its rivers and streams.

-Photo courtesy city of Frederick, Maryland


Episode #22
We Still Have Options
January 20, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Scientist in Virginia, about flooding and the effect it has on our communities, our rivers and streams, and the Bay as a whole.

-Photo credit Geoffrey Thulin


Episode #21
Too Much of a Good Thing
January 5, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost about a win-win plan the chicken industry could follow to combat the negative effects of excess manure on our waterways.

-Photo credit iStock


Episode #20
Clear Water
December 22, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with staff educators Jocelyn Tuttle, of the Baltimore Harbor program, and Sam Eckert, from the residential program at Port Isobel near Tangier Island, about some of the exciting things they’re seeing out on the water with students.

Find out more about how students explore local waters with CBF's education program.

-Photo by Pete McGowan/USFWS


Episode #19
A Champion of Change
December 8, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with Maryland Eastern Shore farmer Trey Hill about farmers working with local environmental groups to solve problems.

Learn more about progress Chesapeake Bay region farmers are making in reducing polluted runoff into local waterways.

Photo: Trey Hill


Episode #18
Speaking for the Fish
November 24, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, about the health of the Susquehanna River.

Join CBF and our partners in urging Governor Wolf and DEP to push for the Lower Susquehanna River to be on DEP’s Impaired Waters list. Sign the petition.

Learn more about the Susquehanna River.

Photo © Jay Fleming/iLCP


Episode #17
All Hands On Deck
November 10, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with Dr. Don Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, about the plan to stabilize climate change and the gains it would bring to air and water quality.

Learn more about the impact of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay.


Episode #16
Turning Nothing into Something
October 27, 2015

CBF President Will Baker sits down with Baltimore partners Pastor Meldon Dickens and Donald Covington and CBF Environmental Restoration Intern Lanae Jackson to discuss the merits of turning a vacant city lot into a community asset.

Learn more about the Riggs Avenue Project.


Episode #15
Elevating Possibilities
October 13, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with SmithGroup Vice President Greg Mella, architect of CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis and new Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. Hear how CBF and SmithGroup are leading the way, breaking barriers in green building techniques.


Episode #14
Fones Cliffs at Risk
September 29, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with long-time CBF Educator Bill Portlock about a magnificent stretch of the Rappahannock slated for intense development. A zoning change by Richmond County will threaten the health of the river and the many bald eagles that congregate there.

For more information, visit cbf.org/fonescliffs. Or take action and sign our petition.


Episode #13
One Plus One Can Equal Three
September 15, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF's Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers about the science and economics of excess phosphorus from chicken litter. Could a fresh solution bring a new economic engine to the region?


Episode #12
Follow the Soil
September 1, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with farmer, conservationist, and James Madison University Professor of Natural Resource Management Bobby Whitescarver about farming for clean water. Whitescarver's theory: If you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of you.



Bobby Whitescarver is a consultant, blogger, and retired field conservationist with decades of experience in watershed and wildlife habitat restoration. He is a frequent contributor to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog.

Follow CBF's Farmers' Success Stories blog series on how farmers across the watershed are working to improve both water quality and farm productivity..


Episode #11
Clean Water Counts
August 18, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF's Pennsylania Executive Director Harry Campbell about what's needed to get the Commonwealth on track to meet the pollution-reduction goals of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. A plan has been in place, and regulations are on the books. What's lacking is implementation and enforcement.



Find out more about the progress of the Bay cleanup at cbf.org/milestones.


Episode #10
This is Personal
August 4, 2015

As we approach the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 50th anniversary and the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint's halfway point, CBF President Will Baker reflects on decades of leading the charge for a saved Bay.


Episode #9
Partnership for Clean Water
July 21, 2015

CBF President Will Baker talks with Vice President, Environmental Protection and Restoration, Kim Coble about the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the upcoming Chesapeake Executive Council meeting, and how the Bay watershed states are progressing in their efforts to meet 2017 Bay Cleanup milestones.



Find out more about the progress of the Bay cleanup at cbf.org/milestones.


Episode #8
The Ruling Is In: A Great Win for Clean Water!
July 7, 2015

A federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirms the legality of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and ensures that efforts to clean up local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay will continue. CBF President Will Baker and CBF Vice President Jon Mueller dicuss the just-in historic ruling in favor of EPA, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other intervenors.



Learn more about this historic win.


Episode #7
Under Pressure
June 23, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Senior Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough about the status of blue crabs in the Chesapeake.



Find out more about the challenges surrounding the restoration of the Chesapeake's iconic blue crab.


Episode #6
Literally and Figuratively
June 9, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Vice President for Education Tom Ackerman about the now and later virtues of immersing young people in outdoor learning.

Transcript for Episode 6: Literally and Figuratively (PDF)

Find out more about CBF's education programs for students and teachers.


Episode #5
Digging A Little Deeper
May 26, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee to discuss the how and why of urban stream restoration and the importance of addressing polluted runoff.

Transcript for Episode 5: Digging a Little Deeper (PDF)

Get the facts about urban and suburban stormwater runoff.


Episode #4
Something A Little Different
May 12, 2015

CBF President Will Baker interviews Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller about the litigation over the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Transcript for Episode 4: Something a Little Different (PDF)

Follow the progress of American Farm Bureau Federation et al v. EPA


Episode #3
As Goes the Susquehanna, So Goes the Chesapeake Bay
April 28, 2015

Upgrades to sewage treatment plants have helped improve water quality in the Chesapeake. And, each Bay state has developed a clean water blueprint outlining the steps that must be taken to reduce pollution much further, so that we can fully restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Bay. But, at least one pollutant, nitrogen from agriculture in Pennsylvania, is increasing, and the Commonwealth is way off track to meet the goals it set. That has to change. And Pennsylvania and EPA must effectively carry out their roles to make sure it does.

Transcript for Episode 3: As Goes the Susquehanna, So Goes the Chesapeake Bay (PDF)

 


Episode #2
Agriculture and the Bay
April 14, 2015

There are 87,000 farms in the Bay region. Agriculture contributes richly to our economy, our culture, and our society. But, considering the size and scope of all Bay agriculture, we've got concerns. Farming is the largest source of pollution to our Bay and its rivers and streams. So, what are we doing to save the Bay and benefit agriculture simultaneously?

Transcript for Episode 2: Agriculture and the Bay (PDF)

 


Episode #1
Bay 101
March 31, 2015

The Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams drain a six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed that reaches as far north as Cooperstown, New York, and as far west as Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and parts of West Virginia. In this first-in-a-series podcast, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker describes the good news and the bad news about the problems facing this national treasure.

Transcript for Episode 1: Bay 101 (PDF)

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