From sewage and septic system failures; to polluted runoff from our farms, urban, and suburban areas; to climate change, the Chesapeake Bay faces many threats. Here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we are always fighting to save the Bay, whether through advocating for specific policies, taking polluters to court, healing the Bay through restoration efforts, or nurturing the next generation of Bay stewards through our education program. This past week with the celebration of Valentine's Day, we took a moment to reflect on what drives us.
Simply put--we love the Bay. This national treasure is loved by many for countless reasons--the fun we can have in the great outdoors, swimming, boating, or fishing; the nature we can witness, from ospreys, to brook trout, to blue crabs; the stunning beauty we can experience, from a cool Bay breeze on a summer day, to water so still it mirrors the sky, to a gorgeous sunset. And lest we forget, the Bay not only provides us enjoyment, it also sustains us. The bounty from these waters provides millions of dollars to the economy and fills dinner plates across the country.
No matter why you love the Bay and its rivers and streams, we're excited you're here to join us in our journey to clean these precious waters. Stay tuned as we continue to fight to save the Bay we all love.
Can't get enough Bay love? Watch (and share!) this inspiring video of Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, discussing how restoring our lands and waters and protecting the Earth for future generations is really an act of love.
This Week in the Watershed: Forks in the Road, Bay Champions, and Mystery Fecal Matter
- The proposed expansion of Route 32 in Howard County is a long-time debate between those arguing it will improve road safety and bring jobs while others contend it will yield more traffic and encourage homebuilding that encroaches upon farmland and open space. The debate has reached a fork in the road, as Governor Hogan has funded the expansion. (Baltimore Sun--MD)
- A Baltimore mayoral forum on environmental matters facing Baltimore discussed topics ranging from lead paint throughout the city to sewage spills. (Baltimore Sun--MD)
- Long-time Bay advocate Bernie Fowler, a former Maryland state senator and current member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, was honored by the Maryland House and Senate for his efforts as a "tireless and persistent champion" of restoring the Bay. (Bay Journal)
- Dominion Virginia Power Company plans to release about 215 million gallons of treated coal-ash water in a tributary of the Potomac River. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh intends to fight that plan in court. (Washington Post--D.C.)
- Hilton Beach in Newport News, VA has found human and animal fecal matter on its shores for well over a decade. The issue? The source of the matter and its accompanying bacteria are a mystery. (Daily Press--VA)
- We couldn't agree more with this op-ed calling for big chicken companies to take responsibility for their waste and its impact on the Bay and local communities through the passing of the Poultry Litter Management Act in Maryland. (Washington Post--D.C.)
What's Happening Around the Watershed?
- Charlottesville, VA: Enjoy an intimate dinner to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with music provided by Michael Coleman and Butch Taylor. Savor Bold Rock Cider, Rappahannock Oysters, and live music before a seated dinner of freshly prepared wildfowl and game by Chef Tomas presented with a selection of Spanish wines. Proceeds from this event benefit CBF. Click here for more information and to buy tickets!
- Richmond, VA: Enjoy tasty sweets and sweet knowledge at CBF's Desserts and Discussion, where we'll learn about different aspects of our local waterways! This month's topic is wetlands and their importance to water quality. Bring a dessert to share with the group and win a prize for the most delicious contribution! CBF will also provide coffee, tea, and other drinks.
--Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate