Saving the Bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.


A hand holding a metal can with barnacles attached to it. There are wetlands in the background.

Reba Smith

Clean the Bay Day Prevents 52,306 Pounds of Litter to Virginia Waterways in 2021

More than 2,000 volunteers across Virginia picked up 52,306 pounds of litter as part of Clean the Bay Day in 2021, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) annual longstanding litter cleanup.

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Close-up of an oyster farmer's gloved hand sorting through a stack of fresh oysters.

Orchard Point Oysters/Kate Livie

CBF Statement on 2021 Maryland Oyster Stock Assessment Update

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented preliminary information Tuesday evening from the 2021 oyster stock assessment update indicating the market-size oyster population in Maryland rose slightly, while spat estimates increased to the highest level in the previous 20 years.

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Kenny Fletcher

CBF Statement on Gov. Northam Directive to Reduce Polluted Runoff from State Lands

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a new executive directive setting targets for significantly reducing polluted runoff from lands owned by state agencies and public educational institutions.

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Upcoming Events

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, supporters, and staff are our top priorities, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. For updates on CBF's activities and events, see our blog.

Saturday, June 12

Oyster Gardening Spat Return

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: June 11
Solomon's Island Boat Ramp
Solomons, Maryland
Sunday, June 13

Oyster Gardening Spat Return

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: June 12
CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center
Shady Side, Maryland
Tuesday, June 15

Clagett Volunteer Day

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: June 14
CBF's Clagett Farm
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Thursday, June 17

Oyster Gardening Spat Return

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: June 16
CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center
Shady Side, Maryland

Where We Work

The Chesapeake Bay's 64,000-square-mile watershed covers parts of six states and is home to more than 18 million people.

CBF has programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Visit our locations to explore our offices, operations, and education centers.


Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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Save the Bay

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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