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


One hand holds a blue crab while another uses calipers to measure the width of its shell.

Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

Chesapeake Blue Crab Numbers Remain Low Despite Signs of Improvement

The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population showed some signs of improvement from a previous 33-year low in recent survey results, but concerns remain about their overall decline.

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The CBF boat, Baywatcher, is docked on the James River, with the skyline of downtown Richmond in the distance.

Kathlean Davis/CBF Staff

Virginia Lawmakers Highlight Environmental Victories

In a press conference, Virginia Democratic leaders underscored environmental accomplishments from the 2024 General Assembly session and expressed support for returning Virginia to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

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Three volunteers work in the foreground as others work in the background to plant trees, surrounded by white tree protector sleeves.

Vanessa Remmers/CBF Staff

Nansemond Indian Nation Regains Ancestral Land From Suffolk

The Suffolk City Council voted 7-1 Wednesday to transfer a 71-acre site to the Nansemond Indian Nation, ending a decades-long effort to regain what is considered the Tribe’s cultural heart.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 30

Oyster Gardener Spat Return

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: May 28
Solomons Island Boat Ramp and Pier
Solomons, Maryland
Saturday, June 1

Clean the Bay Day

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8

Oyster Gardening Seminar

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Registration Deadline: June 6
Brock Environmental Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Saturday, June 8

Bands in the Sand

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

Ongoing: Volunteers are invited to join us at Clagett Farm in Maryland on Tuesdays to plant, weed, and harvest food for our CSA and the surrounding community. See our calendar to register.

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.


The Bay Needs You

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

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