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


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Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources

Ann Jennings Appointed Virginia Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today appointed Ann Jennings as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. Jennings has served for more than three years as Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, helping to implement Governor Northam’s priorities for the Chesapeake Bay, water quality, and natural resources.

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Brown cattle grazing in a field with green grass and trees.

Sudan Smith

CBF Praises Watershed Farm Leaders’ Letter Urging More Money for USDA Conservation Programs

CBF applauds the state Farm Bureaus of the Bay watershed’s six states for urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to devote nearly three quarters of a billion dollars to reducing agricultural pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and the local creeks, streams, and rivers that feed into it.

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Dead fish float on the surface of the water.

John Surrick/CBF Staff

August Dead Zone Is Bad News for the Bay

CBF raised concerns about Bay restoration efforts following the August dead zone report. The report, from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University, found that dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland and Virginia were worse than average this August following two better-than-average months.

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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, September 24

Clagett Volunteer Day

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 23
CBF's Clagett Farm
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Saturday, September 25

Oyster Gardening Workshop Shady Side 1

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 23
CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center
Shady Side, Maryland
Saturday, September 25

Oyster Gardening Spat Distribution Shady Side 1

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 23
CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center
Shady Side, Maryland
Sunday, September 26

Baltimore DSC Oyster Gardening Workshop 2021

12:00-3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 24
Downtown Sailing Center
Baltimore, 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.


The Bay Needs You

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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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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