Save the Bay News: Places to Explore, Richmond's Lorax, and Striped Bass Spawning


CBF Staff

This month, we're highlighting some of our favorite stories from the spring edition of Save the Bay magazine!

“People need trees and green space,” says Ann Jurczyk, who is known by her family, co-workers, and community as the Lorax, the Dr. Suess character who speaks for the trees. As trees have disappeared at an alarming rate across Virginia, Jurczyk’s work has become ever more critical in Richmond and other cities, where she leads CBF’s grassroots efforts to protect and restore urban tree canopy to improve water quality. Her story is just one of the features from our spring Save the Bay magazine. You can also discover 11 magical watershed places to explore, shared by our staff of talented educators; dive deeper into the struggles confronting striped bass in nursery areas; and learn how scientists use complex models and water quality monitoring to paint an ever-evolving picture of the watershed’s health. This month also saw the return of the 71-acre Mattanock Town site along the Nansemond River to the Nansemond Indian Nation, the release of the latest blue crab population survey, and the passage of bipartisan federal legislation that will extend important Bay restoration programs.

Water view of the Chesapeake Bay Brdge from along the shore at Greenbury Point in Annapolis, Maryland.

AJ Metcalf/CBF Staff

Watershed Destinations

What’s one of the best ways to recharge this summer? Exploring some of the most magical places across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In this list of their favorite spots, CBF’s talented educators share the creeks, marshes, forests, and towns that help them connect with nature, friends, and family when they’re off duty—from the Shenandoah Valley to the Eastern Shore.

A group of people stand in a park, and a woman with a shovel stands in front of a newly planted tree.

For 14 years, Ann Jurczyk has been a driving force behind Bay-friendly restoration in Virginia, managing CBF's grassroots staff throughout the Commonwealth and organizing and engaging CBF members and partners on advocacy issues.

Jasmyn Moore/Dementi Studio

Richmond’s Lorax

When she drives down a Richmond, Virginia, parkway, Ann Jurczyk sees what isn’t there yet: trees. For more than a decade, Jurczyk has been leading CBF’s grassroots efforts to restore and protect urban tree canopy in Richmond and other towns and cities across the Commonwealth—including four bills signed into law this year that will help Virginia communities save and restore their trees. 

A hand holding a juvenile striped bass.

Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

An Uncertain Nursery

The Chesapeake Bay is a famed spawning ground for Atlantic striped bass, with upwards of 70 percent of the Atlantic Coast’s population beginning life here. But while the freshwater reaches of tidal rivers can provide an ideal place to grow up, they are not without peril. Changeable—and changing—nursery conditions are likely contributing to the species’ current troubles.

Four photos of individuals doing different types of water quality monitoring.

USGS scientists have been regularly collecting and analyzing samples and data at monitoring stations across the Chesapeake Bay watershed for decades.

United States Geological Survey

Portrait of a Watershed

At any given moment, a seemingly endless number of variables—weather, soil, human actions—are interacting across the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s vast landscape. How do they affect the water? Learn how scientists use both complex models and water quality monitoring to paint a picture of the Bay, its rivers and streams, and the progress being made to restore them.

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What You Can Do

  • From Clean the Bay Day to Bands in the Sand to a range of educational trips across the watershed for teachers, student leaders, and middle school campers, we’ve got a lot going on this summer! Take a look at our events calendar for all the latest and greatest.
  • There are still 13-week shares available from CBF’s Clagett Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! Sign up today to receive fresh local produce this summer. 
  • Soak up the sun with new summer merch from the CBF Store, designed to keep up with all your watershed adventures.
  • Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share, but often the burdens of an unhealthy Bay are not borne equally. That's why CBF is working alongside community groups and partners to advance equity and environmental justice around the watershed. Sign the pledge to stand with us for environmental justice in the Chesapeake Bay region! 
  • Now through June 30, your gift to save the Bay will be worth DOUBLE thanks to a generous matching gift from our friends at The Orokawa Foundation! 

The Bay Needs You

The State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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