Photos of the Month: November

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Birds are silhouetted as they fly across the rising sun by marsh land on Virginia's Eastern Shore

All things are possible if we treasure and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

Bob Diller

Along with November comes cold weather and the closing of our fall restoration and education seasons. But thankfully there are still beautiful sites to be seen across the Bay region! Take a look at some of the highlights below from us, our partners, and supporters!

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Welcome to the family Pru and Louis! Yesterday we christened our new cutting-edge floating oyster restoration facility—officially called the Prudence H. & Louis F. Ryan Mobile Oyster Restoration Center—that will change how we help bring back Virginia’s oyster population. The two linked barges hold six 850-gallon tanks filled with local river water where baby oysters attach, or “set,” to recycled shells or concrete reefballs. These are then planted on nearby sanctuary reefs. Two cranes aboard can be used to move pallets of recycled oyster shells and heavy concrete reef balls, which quickly build three-dimensional oyster habitat. The Pru and Louis will allow us to produce and transplant up to 20 million oysters per year. We’ll also be able to educate and engage even more people by bringing an oyster restoration center to new communities across Tidewater Virginia. This project is made possible thanks to generous support from Prudence and Louis Ryan (pictured with CBF President Will Baker in the third photo), the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and the Marietta M. & Samuel T. Morgan Trust. 📷: Air Aspects

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You read that right. Along with other environmental groups, today we filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to challenge a recent decision that would limit California and 13 other states—including the Bay states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and D.C.—from regulating their own vehicle emissions standards. Roughly one-third of the Bays nitrogen pollution comes from the air, with much of it coming from power plants and vehicle exhaust. The EPA recognized the critical importance of limiting air pollutions to clean up the Bay that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint includes a specific goal to curb air emissions. But the problem is, to meet that goal by 2025, the EPA is relying on many of the same clean air laws and regulations that the Trump administration is currently trying to weaken or repeal—including efforts to limit emissions from cars and trucks like California’s Clean Cars program. CBF’s Staff Litigation Attorney, Ariel Solaski said, “EPA’s actions threaten the progress of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and the health of local rivers, streams, and the Bay by undermining programs that reduce nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases from motor vehicles. This attempt to deprive states’ authority to protect their residents and natural resources from the damage caused by pollution violates EPA’s duties to protect public health and the environment under the Clean Air Act.”

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