A snowy egret.


2019 Year in Review

A trip into the Bay's coves and tidal rivers reveals underwater grass beds where none existed for decades. Oyster reefs grow and filter water in sanctuaries that enjoy stronger protections than ever. Buffers of native trees are trapping pollution along streams in the heart of Pennsylvania farm country.

We owe this progress—and more—to your support for our innovative approach to restoration—an approach grounded in science and focused on local waterways. Your commitment has enabled us to lead the charge to save the Bay for more than half a century. The restoration of this national treasure—our home—is closer than ever.

Take a look at a few of the stories and successes that you've made possible over the past year.

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    Vicki Cronis-Nohe

    President's Letter

    Building Momentum: CBF President Will Baker and Board of Trustees Chairman Harry Lester describe the challenges—and opportunities—ahead in their message to members.

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    Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff


    From planting millions of oysters and thousands of trees to educating our local students and mobilizing clean water advocates, explore the ways your support helped restore the Bay this year.

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    The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

    Hail to the Hellbender

    CBF's Student Leadership Council and Sen. Gene Yaw of Pennsylvania successfully shepherded the "snot otter" to designation as the Commonwealth's state amphibian.

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    A.J. Metcalf/CBF Staff

    Oyster Voices

    With protections for oyster sanctuaries solidified, CBF VOiCeS Volunteer Lani Hummel reflects on the victory she and other oyster advocates celebrated this year.

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    Robert Zullo/Virginia Mercury

    Fighting for a Healthy Home

    As air pollution from a planned compressor station threatened Union Hill, a town settled by freed slaves nearly 135 years ago, CBF joined the fight to challenge the injustice.

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    Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program

    Community Roots

    Fueled by brownies, CBF volunteers worked hard for a cleaner Commonwealth by planting trees throughout Pennsylvania as part of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

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The Bay Needs You

The 2018 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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