CBF's Save the Bay Blog features a range of informative, engaging, and hopeful stories about CBF, our work, and conservation issues of the moment. Read on!
Farms Need Support Now, for Their Own Sake and for the Chesapeake Bay
March 29, 2023
The way we produce food has profound consequences for the health of our communities, our environment and our local economies. Unfortunately, the status quo isn’t working for us or our environment. Legislators and policymakers need to support farmers' efforts to make critical changes.
Save the Bay News: Blue Catfish, Oyster Gardening, and a Trout's Journey
March 24, 2023
This month, we explore the Bay's remarkable fisheries—from surveying blue crabs to controlling blue catfish to examining a trout hatchery. Read these stories and more.
Many Questions Remain for Blue Crab Outlook
March 22, 2023
The season for catching Chesapeake Bay blue crabs is already underway in Virginia, and recreational crabbing will officially kick off in Maryland on April 1. Several boats have been plying the waters the past several months, however, to pursue the crustaceans not for steaming but for science.
A Trout’s Journey: Behind the Scenes of Pennsylvania’s Fish Hatcheries
March 16, 2023
Getting 3.2 million hatchery-raised trout into waterways, as well as sustaining wild trout populations, is a critical part of the worldclass fishing for which Pennsylvania’s mountain streams are renowned. Both require good water, and lots of it.
Oyster Advocates Fight for Better Aquaculture Lease Process
March 15, 2023
A delegation of environmental advocates, aquaculture operators, and scientists met with legislators to support important aquaculture bills being considered in the Maryland General Assembly.
Fisheries Win in Virginia’s Legislative Session
March 9, 2023
Last month, Virginia wrapped up its legislative session and with it came big wins for the Chesapeake Bay’s fisheries. Read more about the strides made to control blue catfish and protect oysters, blue crabs, and menhaden.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Leader Calls for Shifts in Bay Cleanup
March 8, 2023
A little over a year ago, Hilary Harp Falk took over as president and CEO of CBF. Thirteen months later, she sat down with Tim Wheeler of the Bay Journal to talk about the future of the restoration effort and CBF’s role in it.
Virginia Backs Oyster Shell Recycling with New Fund
March 7, 2023
The best surface for baby oysters to grow on is the shell of another oyster. Virginia's adoption of a fund to help recycle oyster shell will give a much needed boost to this natural resource.
Save the Bay News: The Future (and Deep Roots) of Regenerative Farming
February 24, 2023
This month, we explore the roots of regenerative agriculture, how winter is unfolding on CBF’s own regenerative farm (and why we have one), and what the future of agriculture in the watershed could look like.
A Family's Legacy Along the Yeocomico
February 23, 2023
There is a special part of the world at the edge of the Yeocomico River in Virginia’s Northern Neck. For 146 years, the Wilson Family has called this land and water home.
Agriculture's Future Is Now
February 22, 2023
What does a farm have to do with saving the Bay? How we can produce enough nutritious food while also reducing pollution and restoring the health of our waterways? Jared and Elissa Planz look at how CBF's Clagett Farm is answering those questions.
Coming to Life: A Winter Day on CBF’s Clagett Farm
February 21, 2023
Get an inside look at how CBF's Clagett Farm team is preparing for the growing season. The farm is a place to ground-truth how holistic farm systems, often termed ‘regenerative agriculture,’ can help improve soil and water quality.
Breaking Through Concrete Ceilings
February 17, 2023
Dr. Mamie Parker has spent her life making history as a Black, female conservationist, paving the way for young Black women who want to pursue a career in the environmental world.
New Conowingo Dam License Critical to Bay Restoration
February 16, 2023
The new Conowingo Dam license process can be transformative for the Bay, but only if Maryland officials can work through the challenges of dealing with the dam’s private operator, the utility Constellation Energy.
With State Help, Farmers Make A Difference
February 15, 2023
Virginia legislators are considering several important proposals that could open significant opportunities for more farmers to improve their business operations while working for cleaner water.
The Deep Roots of Regenerative Agriculture
February 14, 2023
Tens of thousands of years ago, farmers of color around the world pioneered ways of working the land that are critical for restoring ecological balance, clean water, and community today.
Pennsylvania Eyes Next Steps to Reduce Agricultural Pollution
February 13, 2023
Funding will soon be flowing from Pennsylvania’s new cost-share Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP) to help more farmers put pollution-reduction measures on the ground, creating optimism and momentum for cleaner rivers and streams in the Keystone State.
Our Family's Journey to Slash Plastic Use
February 6, 2023
CBF Clean Water Captain Kit Norlan shares how her family set out to shrink their consumption of plastic and paper, with information that could help you do the same.
Before, During, and After the NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge 2022
February 3, 2023
From 11 October to 11 November, 2022, volunteers around the world took part in the NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge 2022: Trees in a Changing Climate. The challenge resulted in 4,700+ tree height observations from 1,500+ locations in 50 GLOBE countries.
Four Ways the Chesapeake National Recreation Area Would Benefit You
January 31, 2023
Thanks to draft legislation, the Chesapeake Bay may finally get the national recognition, along with greater public access, that lawmakers and environmental groups in the region have been seeking for decades.
Save the Bay News: State of the Bay, Oyster Milestones, and Exploring Your Watershed
January 27, 2023
What does the 2022 State of the Bay mean for the long-term health of the Chesapeake and the communities that depend on it? Dive into the big takeaways from the recently released report and more stories about the state of the Bay.
Oysters on the Rise
January 26, 2023
There are finally bright spots for the Bay’s oysters. The collaborative Chesapeake Oyster Alliance—nearing the halfway milestone of its ambitious campaign to add 10 billion oysters to the Bay—is part of the resurgence.
A New Year, a New Governor, a New Chance to Clean up the Chesapeake Bay
January 25, 2023
As one year ends and another begins, many of us have hope and optimism for the new year. In these early days of 2023, CBF is encouraged that momentum in 2022 can bring us closer to cleaner rivers and streams in Pennsylvania.
Seven Steps to Writing a Bay-Friendly Farm Bill
January 24, 2023
Nutrient runoff from farms is the largest source of pollution in our waters. Reducing it is also the biggest opportunity to restore them. That’s why this year’s Farm Bill debate in Congress is so important.
Learning for Life
January 19, 2023
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of CBF's award-winning Education programs, we reflect that the first way to get young people to care about the Bay is to let them experience it.
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