One of the beautiful things about efforts to improve the environment is they so often come with additional benefits. Second Baptist Church in Richmond bears witness to this truth.
Frustrated by high stormwater fees, the church worked with CBF to build a rain garden. A year later and not only were the church's stormwater fees slashed, but also the garden stimulated community, added a new revenue source from the food grown, and reduced polluted runoff and nuisance flooding. All along, the church was fulfilling a central element of its mission by inspiring congregants to be good stewards of God's creation.
At CBF, these opportunities to catalyze positive change beyond just environmental benefits excite us. Making energy efficiency improvements lowers our carbon footprint while cutting utility bills. Picking up trash alleviates polluted runoff from our waterways while beautifying neighborhoods. Fighting for environmental literacy in our schools cultivates the next generation of Bay stewards while providing students with treasured memories in the great outdoors. The list goes on and on.
We're inspired by the good folks at Second Baptist Church and we hope you'll join us in relishing the many benefits the work to save the Bay generates.
This Week in the Watershed: A Chesapeake Bay Legend, Grasses Recruiting, and An Inspirational Garden
- As underwater grasses are vital to the health of local waterways, CBF is recruiting volunteers to grow grasses as part of our Grasses for the Masses restoration program. (Progress Index—VA)
- A South Richmond church serves as a wonderful example of the countless benefits rain gardens provide. (Bay Journal)
- We couldn't agree more with this editorial calling for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources to refrain from opening oyster sanctuaries to harvest. (Baltimore Sun—MD) Bonus: Take action right now to tell the Hogan Administration that oyster sanctuaries must remain closed to harvest to protect oysters and the Chesapeake Bay.
- While the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission released good news that population numbers of smallmouth bass are up in the Susquehanna and lower Juniata Rivers, there still is concern from bacterial infections causing sores and lesions on fish. (Patriot News—PA)
- The maxed-out capacity of the Conowingo Dam presents several issues for the Bay. (Bay Journal)
- The results are in, and a poll of residents on Maryland's Eastern Shore overwhelmingly support increased health and environmental reforms to the poultry industry. (Daily Times—MD)
- A lucky group of students attended not one, but two of CBF's education programs, touring the Baltimore Harbor and the Philip Merrill Environmental Center. (Hagerstown Herald Mail—MD)
- Chesapeake Bay legend and renowned fisheries guru Bill Goldsborough is retiring after 35 years of service at CBF. (Bay Journal)
What's Happening around the Watershed?
- Easton, MD: Listen to state legislators and numerous regional organizations discuss their preservation, land, and water goals for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly's Regular Legislative Session. The event includes beer, wine, heavy hors d'ourvres, and snacks, as well as a a tour of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Click here to register!
January 11-February 11
- Throughout Virginia: Help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers by participating in CBF's Grasses for the Masses program. Participants grow wild celery, a type of underwater grass, in their homes for 10-12 weeks. After 10-12 weeks of grow-out, participants will gather to plant their grasses in select local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay. With workshops held throughout Virginia, there's plenty of opportunity to get involved!