This Month in the Watershed: A Climate for Change
October 30, 2019
Climate change might be a global problem, but we are feeling the impacts here at home.
This Month in the Watershed: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
September 30, 2019
Collaboration and teamwork are critical when working towards a goal as complex and challenging as saving the Bay.
This Week in the Watershed: A Slap in the Face
March 15, 2019
Whether on cable news, your social media feed, or at the family dinner table, political bickering feels inescapable. But across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, individuals of all political persuasions can all agree on one topic–clean water.
This Week in the Watershed: The Bulldozers Are Waiting
March 1, 2019
It’s a scene that’s far too common. A fleet of gas-guzzling bulldozers flatten acres of high-value, mature, and healthy forest. In a flash, decades, even centuries, of nature’s hard work is reduced to stumps and mud.
This Week in the Watershed: The Bay's Cornerstone
February 22, 2019
Following decades of restoration work, we are making progress restoring the Bay's native oyster population. And two pieces of legislation before the Maryland General Assembly would take restoration efforts even further.
This Week in the Watershed: Exposing Our Values
February 15, 2019
There is perhaps no document more revealing than a budget.
This Week in the Watershed: Forest Fervor
February 8, 2019
We are losing our forests at an alarming rate throughout the watershed.
This Week in the Watershed: Salty Solutions
February 1, 2019
As another polar vortex pays an unwelcome visit to our region, the salt trucks are out in full force. And the thousands of tons of salt spread on our roads and sidewalks can have harmful effects on the health of our rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.
This Week in the Watershed: Charting Our Course
January 25, 2019
Our members are the lifeblood of everything we do. And now we want to hear from you.
This Week in the Watershed: The Wavy Line of Progress
January 11, 2019
The work to save the Bay and its rivers and streams is not without challenges. And in 2018, one of the greatest challenges came from above–rain, and lots of it.
This Week in the Watershed: A Win for the Bay
December 14, 2018
At first glance, the federal Farm Bill, full of wonky agriculture policy and programs with countless acronyms, doesn't appear to have a connection with the health of the Bay and its rivers and streams.
This Week in the Watershed: Bivalve Blues
December 7, 2018
During the rush of Thanksgiving week, a critical report was released on the current and future state of oysters in Maryland. And it didn’t bring good news.
This Week in the Watershed: The Coldest Ever
November 30, 2018
Many of us are still regaining feeling in our toes and ears.
This Week in the Watershed: 7 Tips for a Bay-Friendly Thanksgiving
November 16, 2018
It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As you prepare for the annual feast with family and friends, there are things you can do to help save the Bay and its rivers and streams.
This Week in the Watershed: The Ripple Effect
November 9, 2018
We face numerous issues cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. And these issues are interconnected.
This Week in the Watershed: The Bay Ballot
November 2, 2018
Tuesday's elections may determine the success or failure of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.
This Week in the Watershed: Your Air at Risk
October 26, 2018
Most living creatures, whether they walk, swim, or crawl, are harmed by poor air quality. And if the EPA rolls back two critical Clean Air Act initiatives, our climate, health, and water quality could suffer.
This Week in the Watershed: Dropping Temps, Changing Bay
October 19, 2018
Autumn is officially here, as temperatures have plummeted this past week. And the Bay and its rivers and streams are reacting to the dramatic shift.
This Week in the Watershed: An Oyster Revival
October 12, 2018
Before the Chesapeake was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, the Bay was known for its oysters. But the magnitude of the Bay's oyster population has dropped precipitously since the days when Smith wrote that oysters "lay thick as stones."
This Week in the Watershed: Resisting Rollbacks
October 5, 2018
It was less than a generation ago that America was confronted with the consequences of the degradation of the environment.
This Week in the Watershed: Living with a Smoker
September 28, 2018
Higher rates of asthma, increased chances of lung cancer, chronic bronchitis. These are just a few of the health impacts caused by the long-term breathing of fine particulate matter.
This Week in the Watershed: Breathe Easy?
September 21, 2018
Most understand that how we treat the land has a direct correlation to the health of our waterways. But often overlooked is the major impact air pollution has on water quality.
This Week in the Watershed: Rain Repercussions
September 14, 2018
All eyes are south of the Bay watershed this week, as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas. The storm is predicted to cause billions of dollars in damage, with historic flooding and devastating storm surge forecast.
This Week in the Watershed: Hellbent on Clean Water
September 7, 2018
The Keystone State is renowned for its abundance of beautiful rivers, streams, and creeks. But roughly 19,000 miles of Keystone State rivers and streams are polluted. And one of its native critters is suffering.
This Week in the Watershed: Another Chain of Events
August 31, 2018
As we wrote last year at this time, there is no shortage of opportunities to join us in the field, on the water, or in the classroom this fall.
This Week in the Watershed: Wavering Waters
August 17, 2018
For more than 40 years, CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams has explored the many waterways in the Chesapeake Bay, particularly his home Severn River. And despite all that time on the water, he often says, "Every time I go out on my river, I learn something new."
This Week in the Watershed: A Torrent of Trash
August 3, 2018
The health of our local waterways and the Bay is often hidden below the surface. But other times, water quality is in plain sight.
This Week in the Watershed: A Bay Mutiny
July 20, 2018
In 1608, during the first exploration of the Chesapeake Bay by European settlers, it was Captain John Smith who led the way. Of the countless voyages throughout this national treasure since, it's a safe bet that most had a captain.
This Week in the Watershed: A Blessing and a Curse
July 13, 2018
The recent hot and sunny weather throughout the watershed has blessed many of us with picturesque days to swim, fish, or work in our gardens. But this weather isn’t a blessing to some.
This Week in the Watershed: Best Bang for Our Buck
July 6, 2018
The least expensive ways to fight pollution also targets the largest source of pollution—agricultural runoff.
This Week in the Watershed: Bay Building Blocks
June 29, 2018
Speak of the Chesapeake Bay and thoughts of the mighty oyster or beloved blue crab are not far away. These treasured critters are not only delectable but are critical building blocks for the health of the Bay's ecology.
This Week in the Watershed: Investing in Clean Water
June 8, 2018
When Virginia's General Assembly adjourned in March, there was one item unresolved. There was deadlock on the state budget. But following a lengthy special session, it's clear there is something legislators all agree on: clean water.
This Week in the Watershed: Halfway There
June 1, 2018
The history of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are riddled with grand promises, high expectations, and missed deadlines. But the story changed when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was introduced in 2010.
This Week in the Watershed: A Little Spark
May 18, 2018
When Robert Dean was planning the first Clean the Bay Day 29 years ago, his greatest worry was getting enough volunteers to leave the comfort of their homes on a Saturday morning to get dirty and tired picking up trash. But he underestimated the love Virginians have for their waterways.
This Week in the Watershed: Threats and Resilience
May 11, 2018
Like the victim of Chinese water torture, the Chesapeake Bay seems afflicted by a constant stream of assaults, most of them man-made.
This Week in the Watershed: A Big Dam Problem
May 4, 2018
It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.
This Week in the Watershed: 10 Million Keystone Trees
April 27, 2018
Pennsylvania's waters might not contain blue crabs, oysters, or other iconic Chesapeake Bay critters, but with more than 50 percent of the Bay's freshwater flows coming from the Susquehanna River, the Keystone State determines the health of the Chesapeake.
This Week in the Watershed: The Biggest Ever
April 20, 2018
A recently released study found that not only are Bay grasses flourishing, but the comeback of grasses is one of the few places on Earth where ecological improvements are a direct result of human efforts to reduce pollution.
This Week in the Watershed: A Disappearing Act
April 13, 2018
After months of meetings, letters, phone calls, and emails, it looked like we were going to take a step, albeit it a small one, towards strengthening Maryland’s outdated Forest Conservation Act. Until the legislation disappeared.
This Week in the Watershed: Unfinished Business
April 6, 2018
It’s an exciting time on the Bay and its rivers and streams. Ospreys are back, flora is beginning to bloom, and the days are lengthening. And in Richmond and Annapolis, activity is beginning to wind down in the halls of its Capitols.
This Week in the Watershed: Embracing Innovation
March 30, 2018
Every day we all witness a growing threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
This Week in the Watershed: Recognizing Success
March 23, 2018
In Washington’s polarized atmosphere, issues finding bipartisan support are few and far between. But as the recent FY18 budget reveals, partisanship is often cast aside when clean water is at stake.
This Week in the Watershed: Picture Perfect
March 16, 2018
For many of us here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Bay is the most beautiful place on earth. Perhaps many of us feel that way thanks to our annual photo contest.
This Week in the Watershed: The Best in the World
March 9, 2018
"Why the Chesapeake Bay is the best in the world." That's the headline emblazoned atop an editorial this week in the Washington Post.
This Week in the Watershed: An Oyster Moon Race
March 2, 2018
Bold, ambitious, and audacious goals are usually met with one of two reactions—incredulity or inspiration.
This Week in the Watershed: Acting Out
February 23, 2018
To save the Bay, accepting the status quo is often not an option.
This Week in the Watershed: Keep the Cap!
February 2, 2018
Ospreys soaring through the sky, dolphins jumping through the water, and rockfish on your dinner plate. What do these all have in common?
This Week in the Watershed: A United Front
January 19, 2018
In our current polarized and fractured political sphere, it is extremely rare for a clear majority to agree on something. But across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a diverse coalition is finding common ground on one topic–clean water.
This Week in the Watershed: A Bay-Saving Momentum
January 12, 2018
Watch any sporting event long enough and eventually you’ll see an invisible but palpable force seize control of the game.
This Week in the Watershed: An Unjustifiable Risk
January 5, 2018
Magic happens when fresh and salt water collide. Life explodes in estuaries, as they are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. We witness this every day in the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary.
This Week in the Watershed: 2017 in Review
December 22, 2017
2017 was a year of milestones. Celebrating our 50th year of working to save the Bay, with incredible support from our members, CBF accomplished an awful lot.
This Week in the Watershed: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bay
December 15, 2017
It's no coincidence that what's good for water quality is often good for public health. And in Baltimore, one facility stands in the way of both.
This Week in the Watershed: A Remarkable Day of Giving
December 1, 2017
In what's becoming an annual tradition, a motley crew of brave (or crazy?) CBF staffers plunged into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the third consecutive year as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.
This Week in the Watershed: Bunker Battle Continues
November 17, 2017
The message was loud, clear, and nearly unanimous. More than 127,000 individuals submitted comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and when they were tallied, a resounding 99.6 percent were in support of an ecosystem-based approach to menhaden management.
This Week in the Watershed: Fighting for Forests
November 10, 2017
Right now, throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, trees are exploding with color. The beautiful foliage around every corner is just one of the many benefits trees provide.
This Week in the Watershed: A Critical Election
November 3, 2017
After last year's volatile election cycle, it's tempting to dismiss any call to the polls this season. But the Virginia gubernatorial election is only days away. And this election is critical.
This Week in the Watershed: Losing Our Compass
October 27, 2017
At the foundation of all the work to save the Bay is one fundamental element–science.
This Week in the Watershed: The Bay's Bread and Butter
October 20, 2017
There are only a few days left to help the most important fish in the sea.
This Week in the Watershed: Toxic Clouds
October 13, 2017
At first glance, emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, Indiana, or Tennessee would seem completely unrelated to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
This Week in the Watershed: If You Build It They Will Come
September 29, 2017
It goes without saying, but the Bay looked awfully different when Captain John Smith first navigated its waters in 1608. The journals of Smith reveal a Bay bursting with life.
This Week in the Watershed: From Trash Pits to Oyster Reefs
September 22, 2017
Archaeologists can learn a lot about a civilization by looking in one place–the trash pit.
This Week in the Watershed: Menhaden’s Moment
September 15, 2017
As we've written before, menhaden might not be a common feature on dinner plates, but there's a reason they’re often called "the most important fish in the sea."
This Week in the Watershed: A Clean Water Consensus
September 8, 2017
It’s no secret we’re living in an era of division. On what feels like every issue, consensus is avoided like the plague. But despite this current political climate, we can all agree that clean water crosses party lines.
This Week in the Watershed: A Chain of Events
September 1, 2017
Here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we're often asked, "What can I do to help save the Bay?" While there isn't just one answer to that question, one of my favorite idioms is relevant—90 percent of life is showing up.
This Week in the Watershed: A Silver Bullet Illusion
August 11, 2017
We’ve said it before, but complex problems require complex solutions.
This Week in the Watershed: Flipping the Script
July 14, 2017
When an anniversary or milestone approaches, the natural inclination is often to reflect on the past. As CBF celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’re flipping the script—what better way to celebrate than to engage with the next generation and hear their thoughts on what it will take to save the Bay.
This Week in the Watershed: Pride or Disgrace
June 30, 2017
It has been several months since the Trump administration proposed its federal budget, but we are still aghast at the draconian cuts to Bay cleanup programs.
This Week in the Watershed: Spanning Generations
June 16, 2017
Inspiring. That’s the first word that came to mind when hearing the story of Walter Zadan, an integral volunteer for our Virginia oyster restoration team, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
This Week in the Watershed: Reason for Optimism
June 9, 2017
It's outrageous. The Trump administration's proposed federal budget zeroes out funding for clean water efforts, notably, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
This Week in the Watershed: A Chesapeake Bay Turducken
June 2, 2017
Anyone who has been fishing or crabbing can attest that half the fun is the thrill of not knowing what exactly is on the end of the line or in the pot.
This Week in the Watershed: A Budget Battle for the Bay
May 26, 2017
After a brief hiatus, we’re happy to bring back “This Week in the Watershed,” a weekly update on all the happenings around the watershed.
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A monthly wrap-up of the top clean water news, upcoming events, and latest stories of the work to save the Bay.