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


Hands cup a dozen freshwater mussels.

Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

Report: Freshwater Mussels Unsung Heroes at Risk in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Freshwater mussels play an amazing yet little-known role in healthy rivers and streams. As their numbers dramatically decline, we must now focus on restoring mussel populations, according to a report issued this week.

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A bag filled with juvenile freshwater mussels sits in the bow of a boat on a Pennsylvania creek.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

"Livers of Our Rivers" Could Help Clean Up Pennsylvania Waters

As a new report details the importance of restoring declining populations of freshwater mussels within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, multiple programs in Pennsylvania are working to do just that.

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Tree near water at sunset

Bill Goldsborough/CBF Staff

CBF Praises House Passage of Legislation to Fund Priority Programs Next Year

CBF praised today’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of fiscal year 2022 spending bills that include promising budget numbers for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, a new Interior Department program to restore habitat in the Bay watershed, and Army Corps of Engineers oyster restoration work.

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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.

Friday, July 30

Shell Shaking

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 29
CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center
Shady Side, Maryland
Friday, July 30

Clagett Volunteer Day

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 29
CBF's Clagett Farm
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Saturday, August 28

Bands in the Sand

5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, September 18

Virginia Rod & Reef Slam

6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 18
Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers
Hampton Roads, Virginia

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.


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The 2020 State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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