CBF acts as a watchdog, elevating policies and legislation that further science-based restoration goals and opposing those that set back clean water progress. Our staff of scientists and policy experts offer guidance to lawmakers and government agencies on issues ranging from agricultural conservation practices to fisheries management, to ensure the laws, policies, and programs necessary for Bay restoration are in place.
There is no greater advocate in Maryland for the Chesapeake Bay than the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We are fortunate to have their strong voice leading the fight for a healthier Bay and its tributaries. For over 50 years, their efforts to engage and educate Marylanders on the actions they can take to save the Bay has worked to protect the Bay's natural resources, safeguard its wildlife, and ensure clean water for our communities and future generations.
To Hold Accountable
One of CBF's top priorities is to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal/state partnership that is key to saving the Bay. Much of this work is unfolding in Washington, DC, where CBF and our allies worked hard to stop legislation and regulation that would have dramatically set back efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Just as important are local communities across the watershed working hard to implement their states' plans to restore the Bay, rivers, and streams in innovative and cost-effective ways. Check out our latest legislative efforts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Our collective voices—YOUR voices—are the most powerful tool there is to save the Bay and its rivers and streams. Our advocacy efforts, from the ground up, have worked in concert for decades to ensure clean water restoration is a national, bipartisan priority that resonates as much in the halls of Congress as it does on the waterfronts of Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Harrisburg, and more. But we can't do this critical work without clean water advocates like you!
Join the Fight for Clean Water
No matter your age or experience, you can take action as an advocate for clean water. Not sure where to start? There are several ways you can get involved:
- Join our Action Network to stay up to date on all things clean water advocacy.
- Learn more about the Bay Advocacy Institute, which engages and inspires college students in Bay issues.
- Register for an upcoming Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) class near you to learn more about clean water issues in your backyard and how you can speak up. We host classes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
- Become a Clean Water Captain to help inform and engage communities and advocates for clean water.
- Explore our Action Center for more information on how you can advocate for the Bay with CBF and on your own.
From Our Blog
February 28, 2024
Maryland student Leader Kate Johnson recently spoke on behalf of critical legislation in front of the state General Assembly.
January 24, 2024
The Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill that would ban cancer-linked products. Here's why they should pass the ban.
January 23, 2024
Legislative sessions have kicked off around the watershed. Here’s what we’re fighting for in 2024.
December 12, 2023
We look back at what our clean water advocates accomplished across the watershed this year.
November 13, 2023
For nearly two decades, CBF’s Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) program has inspired hundreds of dedicated volunteers to serve their community and the Bay.
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