Save the Bay Blog

CBF's Save the Bay Blog features a range of informative, engaging, and hopeful stories about CBF, our work, and conservation issues of the moment. Read on!

  • Heart and Science: The Chesapeake Bay Needs Both

    December 5, 2023

    To succeed in the next chapter of bay-saving, we’re going to have to widen conservation’s historically narrow lens. We can’t focus so pointedly on trying to recreate the past that we neglect to build for the future—a future that recognizes that nature and human communities are intertwined.

  • Save the Bay Newsletter: Living Shorelines, Urban Farms, and People-Centered Conservation

    November 16, 2023

    This month, we discuss what it means to center people in conservation. When we do it successfully, it not only moves watershed restoration forward, but also builds community.

  • Being the Bay’s Voice

    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.

  • Little Pieces of Life, Green, and Community

    November 9, 2023

    In building local food systems that support community and environmental wellbeing, small and urban farms have an outsized impact.

  • Living Shoreline Builds Resilience—and Community

    November 8, 2023

    This summer, roughly 90 volunteers from all walks of life came together for 10 weeks to restore waterfront in Portsmouth, Virginia. Community and comradery ensued.

  • A Place for People

    November 6, 2023

    There are more than 18 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, who don’t all look the same, have the same background, or speak the same language. But we are connected by the right—not the privilege—to clean water.

  • Successful Virginia Buffer-planting Program is Worth Replicating in the Farm Bill

    November 3, 2023

    After just four years, the James River Buffer Program is already responsible for planting more than 900 acres of forested buffers on several dozen properties in the Middle and Upper James River watershed in Virginia.

  • Back from the Edge

    November 2, 2023

    For 50 years, the Endangered Species Act has had remarkable success, saving 99 percent of the species on its list. While some species have tragically been lost forever, these three Chesapeake comeback stories give us hope.

  • Save the Bay Newsletter: Healing Headwaters, Pollution Hotspots, and Eating Local

    October 27, 2023

    The Chesapeake Bay region’s food system profoundly affects the watershed and the people who live here. Our latest newsletter features stories about how to meaningfully address pollution from agriculture—the largest source of pollution to the Bay but also a critical part of our economy and way of life.

  • What Would a Dream Food System Look Like?

    October 23, 2023

    CBF's Clagett Farm Vegetable Production Manager Jared Planz discusses the value of eating local.

  • Watershed Out of Balance: How Industrial Agriculture Tips the Scales

    October 20, 2023

    With intensifying livestock production in places like the Eastern Shore of Maryland, many are finding that conservation practices can’t keep up with pollution.

  • Tackling Pollution Hotspots

    October 18, 2023

    CBF’s Brian Gish discusses the pollution challenges in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and the best way to approach them.

  • Healing the Headwaters

    October 16, 2023

    How the James River Buffer Program has revolutionized the planting of valuable, pollution-reducing streamside forested buffers.

  • Bringing Our Best to the Table

    October 13, 2023

    Change is a constant opportunity. The best laid plans will inevitably encounter wrenches. It’s how we react to them that matters.

  • Five Times that Locals Spoke Up

    October 6, 2023

    For most, the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant is a distant environmental problem, but for nearby residents, it’s a daily, dismal struggle. Read their stories going back 75 years.

  • Save the Bay Newsletter: Fall Changes, Farm Fest, and Leaf-Peeping

    September 29, 2023

    Fall is a magical time around the watershed. From vibrant, changing leaves to blustery cold fronts to quintessential autumnal activities, explore some of the great things that make this season on the Chesapeake so special.

  • Warming Waters Bring a Storm of Challenges to the Bay

    September 26, 2023

    Rising water temperatures are reshaping the watershed and require restoration that takes climate change into account. Here are five things you should know.

  • A Day in the Education Field

    September 22, 2023

    What exactly happens on a CBF field experience? CBF Pennsylvania educator Adaiah Bauer walks us through a typical day in the field.

  • Gas Compressor Expansion Threatens Public Health and Water Quality in Petersburg, Virginia

    September 11, 2023

    TC Energy, the company that operates a gas compressor in Petersburg—a small city outside of Richmond, Virginia—is planning to expand its operations. The proposal would increase pollution and possibly endanger the health of a mostly Black community already besieged with pollution from other industries.

  • Our Wisest Pursuit

    September 8, 2023

    At CBF, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits that come with adopting the principles of regenerative agriculture. Now you can join us in celebrating everything regenerative farming offers at our Food & Farm Fest at CBF's Clagett Farm this October.

  • The Beauty of Upcycling

    September 1, 2023

    Amber Whaley is on a mission. “It feels like you’re helping people and the environment,” she says of her passion for upcycling. Whaley's Secondhand Sunshine on Chincoteague Island has quickly become a community go-to for reusing and upcycling a kaleidoscope of items.

  • Save the Bay News: Tiny Turtles, Oyster Success, and Shenandoah Algae

    August 25, 2023

    Headwater wetlands in Pennsylvania, river valleys in Virginia, and oyster reefs on the Eastern Shore may seem like vastly different worlds. But all of these vital habitats have one thing in common: They’re crucial to supporting life.

  • Oyster Innovation on Living Shoreline

    August 23, 2023

    A Virginia project doubles as a testing ground for the latest innovations in oyster restoration technology.

  • Working Toward a Climate-Resilient Watershed

    August 18, 2023

    Most greenhouse gas emissions that drive pollution in our watershed come from a much larger area, known as the Bay's airshed. Limiting carbon pollution from this larger area is crucial to improving water quality and public health.

  • Quest to Save the Bog Turtle

    August 10, 2023

    Much like brook trout and the Eastern hellbender, bog turtles are an indicator species of water quality. Follow some official surveyors on their quest to research this tiny reptile.

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