2019 Year in Review

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*Due to comprehensive data verification, the above oyster numbers are reported from the prior calendar year.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation


With the support and investment of thousands of members, volunteers, and advocates, CBF was able to implement local solutions to clean up rivers and streams throughout our diverse landscape; expand our award-winning educational programs; and successfully advocate for programs, practices, and funding that will continue progress to save the Bay. Here are just a few of the year's accomplishments.


Students examine items from a stream bed.

Students examine items from a stream bed.


A young man pounds a support stake into the ground for a newly planted seedling tree.

Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

  • Through our first Tree Stewards course held in Hopewell, Virginia (above), CBF trained a dozen volunteers to advocate for more trees in their community and increase the survivability of tree plantings through proper maintenance.
  • CBF helped secure nearly $90 million—an unprecedented level of investment—in Virginia for the agricultural cost-share programs that help farmers install conservation practices.
  • CBF inspired more than 71,000 advocacy actions supporting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • CBF oyster advocates in Maryland successfully raised their voices in favor of stronger protections for oyster sanctuaries and were able to celebrate the passing of a bill that permanently protects five sanctuaries from harvest.


Headshot of Taylor Lilley.

Taylor Lilley


CBF's new twin oyster barges sit side-by-side at the Brock Environmental Center dock.

Air Aspects/Terry Young

  • In Virginia, we christened innovative twin oyster restoration barges (above), The Prudence H. & Louis F. Ryan Mobile Oyster Restoration Center. With the ability to travel directly to restoration sites, the mobile oyster centers will double CBF's Virginia oyster production capacity to up to 20 million oysters per year.
  • CBF and its partners and volunteers planted 55,000 trees that will act as streamside buffers, reducing runoff pollution. In Pennsylvania, more than 1,500 volunteers planted 70,000 trees as part of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.
  • Our volunteer oyster gardeners raised and returned nearly 104,000 oysters to Virginia waters—three times the number in 2018. Large-scale oyster plantings and volunteer oyster garders helped the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership exceed its goal to plant 5 million oysters in the Patapsco River
  • Removed 45,000 pounds of trash with the help of 3,500 volunteers from 200 sites during our annual Clean the Bay Day in Virginia.
  • CBF assisted more than 800 farmers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to install conservation practices that reduce pollution and improve their bottom line.

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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