Save the Bay News: 2020 State of the Bay and Legislative Sessions

2020 State of the Bay

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Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home.

Happy New Year! Our new year resolution is simple: save the Bay. We hope it will be yours, too. Start with our 2020 State of the Bay report, a comprehensive scientific assessment of where the Chesapeake's health stands now. Tackle these student investigations to learn how scientists chart trends and explore how your neighborhood impacts the Bay's health. Find out which bills and programs lawmakers should support to improve the Bay's health as new legislative sessions kick off in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Hear what the watershed's student leaders have to say in a message to the 117th Congress, and learn about eight ways the new Biden administration can help save the Bay. Finally, track top watershed headlines with our new Around the Bay in 60 Seconds video series.

2020 State of the Bay

Our biennial report on the health of the Chesapeake Bay found it is still a system dangerously out of balance, scoring a D+ overall. While pollution scores improved and long-term data show a shrinking dead zone, the report raised red flags for rockfish, and indicators continued to show pressures from climate change.

VIDEO: A Message to the New Congress

As the 117th Congress commenced, student leaders from across the watershed shared a video message with legislators highlighting their priorities for addressing social and environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay region. We also outlined eight ways the new Biden administration can help save the Bay.

Legislative Sessions Start

With less than five years until the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint's 2025 deadline, the clock is ticking for states to implement practices to reduce pollution. As new legislative sessions kick off, learn which programs and bills are key in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to reaching our Blueprint goals.

VIDEO: The State of Your Bay

Parents, teachers, and life-long learners, dig deeper in this student investigation to see how scientists gauge the Bay's health in the State of the Bay report. What can we do to help improve the trends and make predictions about the future? Join CBF educators Megan and Claire as they explore neighborhood features that can impact water quality in the Bay.

VIDEO: Around the Bay in 60 Seconds

Newshounds, this video is for you. A court decision shot down Trump EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule, Maryland lawmakers will consider a big climate bill, CBF named a new Maryland director, the Pennsylvania farm show went virtual, and Virginia legislation could make it easier for cities to plant trees to solve problems.

What You Can Do

  • Register for our Feb. 24 webinar "Finishing the Job: 2020 State of the Bay Report Explained" to hear from CBF President Will Baker and senior scientists.
  • With state legislative sessions in full swing, keep an eye on our Action Center for important advocacy actions you can do for clean water.
  • We want to hear from you! Help us plan for the year ahead by taking our brief 2021 CBF Supporter Survey.
  • Help us continue to bring the Bay and its rivers to you at home each month. Donate today!

Issues in this Post

Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint   Advocate   Educate   Legislation   State of the Bay  




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