- We launched the Pennsylvania Student Action and Restoration Program (StAR) (above), expanding its education presence in the Keystone State.
- CBF educated more than 34,000 students, teachers, and adults to equip Bay stewards of all ages with the meaningful experiences and environmental literacy needed to continue to fight to save the Bay.
- Our Baltimore Harbor Environmental Education Program became a Curriculum Embedded STEM Experience for fifth-grade students in Baltimore City Public Schools.
- Our Teacher Environmental Literacy Leaders (TELL) program grew to 47 mentors, who provide ongoing support to over 340 teachers delivering environmental literacy instruction to students across the watershed.
- 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.
- Taylor Lilley (above) joined our staff as Environmental Justice Staff Attorney. Her efforts will help extend our focus on the Bay area's under-represented and diverse communities.
- We successfully defended a precedent-setting stormwater utility fee program—which helps cities pay for critical projects that reduce polluted runoff to the Bay—in Roanoke, Virginia.
- 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.