Bay advocates join CBF at a rally in Annapolis.

Photo Credit: CBF Staff

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its members, now more than 300,000 strong, are the strongest and most effective voice that exists for protecting and restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. We work at local, state, and federal levels for effective laws and regulations that will reduce pollution, restore vital natural systems like oyster reefs, forests, and wetlands, and encourage smart growth in our communities.

CBF acts as a watchdog to elevate good practices for healing our waterways, while being vigilant in opposing projects or proposals that would degrade water quality. Our scientists submit comments to governing bodies regarding fisheries management, wetlands mitigation, stormwater issues, construction and development projects and more. CBF is a well-respected resource on environmental issues that impact the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, and streams.

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.

– Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-5)

To Hold Accountable

One of CBF's top priorities is to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Much of this work is unfolding in Washington, D.C., 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, however, are the local communities struggling to implement their states' plans in innovative and cost-effective ways. Check out our latest legislative session 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. CBF has active advocates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and we will save the Bay. Join us in our fight for clean water.CBF's advocacy efforts are designed to help and to hold the states and the federal government accountable for staying on the course of restoration. Please join us today!

From Our Blog

  • Six Things You Didn't Know About Trees

    October 20, 2021

    While many people can make general statements on their importance, there are multitudes of fascinating facts about trees that you may not know. We compiled a few of our favorites here.

  • The Next Generation Speaks Up for the Bay

    September 14, 2021

    After a year apart, CBF Student Leaders came together this summer out of a shared passion for the Bay and the desire to make a difference.

  • Save the Bay News: Ancient Sharks, Jellyfish, and Mighty Mussels

    August 20, 2021

    Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home. This month, we look at what's happening with some of the Bay's critters.

  • Pivotal Partners in Saving the Bay

    July 16, 2021

    How a small but mighty team is working to restore the Bay, address climate change, and educate the next generation of clean water stewards.

  • The Environment and Public Health: Connecting the Dots

    April 7, 2021

    The health of our communities is inseparable from the health of our environment. As policymakers and communities throughout the watershed face the compounding, urgent challenges of environmental degradation, public health crises, racial injustice, and climate change, solutions like these that offer significant co-benefits cannot be ignored. In caring for the Bay's health, we care for our own.

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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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