Save the Bay News: How You Can Save the Bay (And the Planet)

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

What does it mean to save the Bay in the era of climate change? Sea levels here are rising at some of the fastest rates in the nation. Water temperatures in more than 92 percent of the Bay and in streams across the watershed have warmed significantly. There are nearly twice as many intense rainstorms in the region as there were six decades ago. These changes pose incredible challenges to restoration. But restoration itself offers opportunity. Opportunity to cool cities and clean waterways, for everyone. Opportunity to develop renewable, Bay-friendly solar energy. Opportunity to build soil and landscapes that trap carbon. Learn how we can save the Bay and the planet at the same time. Catch up on the latest watershed headlines. Then, take a moment with our Chesapeake Almanac podcast and nature journaling series to appreciate the Bay's natural wonder—a reminder not of all we have to lose, but of all we have to save.

Save the Bay. Save the Planet.

Climate change makes Bay restoration harder. But restoring the Bay can also help trap carbon and buffer watershed communities against the harmful effects of climate change. Learn how efforts to improve water quality and climate are connected, and 12 ways you can save the Bay and the planet at the same time.

Cars are parked under solar arrays in a school parking lot.

Solar facilities that take advantage of already developed land, like this parking lot solar array at Chesapeake College, protect waterways and achieve clean energy goals without further disrupting the landscape.

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Solar Done Right

Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are projected to collectively add more than 6,200 megawatts of solar power over the next five years, tripling current generation capacity. These seven best practices for solar development—including early planning—can help ensure it's done in a way that safeguards water quality and promotes community well-being across the watershed.

VIDEO: Beating the Heat Island Effect

Extreme heat is one of the deadliest impacts of climate change. In formerly redlined neighborhoods, how can trees bring peace, provide health benefits, and reduce water pollution? In Southside Richmond, community groups and CBF are planting trees at sites suffering from extreme heat linked to racially motivated housing discrimination that occurred decades ago.

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In Hot Water

Researchers studying gillnet surveys for Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, didn't expect to see young bull sharks so far north. They're not in the Chesapeake Bay. Yet. But warming water temperatures across the watershed are having profound effects on many fish, as well as underwater grass beds that provide critical habitat and water-quality benefits.

Tune in to the Season

Ever wonder when to look for osprey, where to find white perch, or why great blue herons stalk the shallows in summer? Tune in to our podcast with retired CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams, Jr. for inside accounts of Bay creatures and seasonal events. Then, follow our nature journaling series to make your own observations.

VIDEO: Around the Bay in 60 Seconds

From legislation proposing an agricultural cost-share program to reduce pollution from Pennsylvania farms, to a disappointing federal decision on the Conowingo Dam license and a blue crab sighting in Ireland, check out the latest headlines from across the watershed in our monthly news wrap-up.

What You Can Do

  • Use the Bay Footprint Calculator to see how your everyday choices affect the Bay.
  • Check out these resources to reduce water pollution at home.
  • Get outside and do something great for the Bay this spring by volunteering at these upcoming restoration events.
  • Help celebrate the beauty of the Bay. Vote for the Save the Bay photo contest Viewers' Choice award.
  • Save the date for Clean the Bay Day! Registration opens soon.
  • Walk the Watershed to support Bay restoration efforts!
  • Help us continue to bring the Bay and its rivers to you at home each month. Donate today.

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