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


Blue, red, and white balloons rising against a blue sky.

Helen Warren, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Virginia Bans on Balloon Releases and Polystyrene Are Environmental Wins

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting the outdoor release of nonbiodegradable balloons and separate legislation requiring food vendors to phase out their use of polystyrene takeout containers will greatly enhance Virginia’s efforts to prevent litter from polluting waterways.

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Students on a boat in Baltimore Harbor.

Malia Pownall/CBF Staff.

CBF Urges Maryland Legislators to Restore Funding for Outdoor Education

CBF is asking Maryland legislators to restore funding for outdoor education programs that Gov. Larry Hogan zeroed out for the second straight year.

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People throw oysters overboard off of a boat at an oyster restoration site in Herring Bay.

Veronica Revilla.

CBF Adds 14 Million Oysters to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland in 2020

CBF continued its long-term push to restore oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay by adding more than 14 million oysters in Maryland waters during 2020’s pandemic-affected season.

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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, March 13

Richmond Swansboro Playground Tree Planting

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 12
Swansboro Playground
Richmond, Virginia
Monday, May 31
Saturday, August 28

Bands in the Sand

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


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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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