Virginia Programs & Initiatives

Our Virginia staff has its hands full with environmental advocacy, education, science, policy, and restoration efforts across the Old Dominion.

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    Kevin DuBois

    Clean the Bay Day

    Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. 29 years strong, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.

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    Clean Water Captains

    Clean Water Captains are ambassadors for clean water in their communities.

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    D.C. Department of Energy & Environment

    Environmental Impact Bonds

    Environmental Impact Bonds provide an innovative source of funding for green infrastructure projects.

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    CBF Staff

    Grasses for the Masses

    Grow underwater grasses to help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers.

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  • Mobile Oyster Restoration Center

    Our cutting-edge vessel will change how we bring back the Chesapeake Bay's native oyster population.

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    Harry Strite

    Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance

    A multi-state program supporting farmers interested in grazing their livestock.

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    Jackie Shannon/CBF Staff

    Oyster Restoration

    CBF's oyster restoration programs offer citizens the tools and information needed to help restore native Eastern oysters to the Chesapeake.

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    Dom J. Manalo

    Speakers Bureau

    Our special program that trains CBF volunteers to educate the public on Bay and water quality issues through a variety of speaking engagements.

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    CBF Staff

    Stream & Shoreline Restoration

    Five major rivers—the Susquehanna, Potomac, Rappahannock, York, and James—provide nearly 90 percent of the fresh water to the Chesapeake Bay. These and the hundreds of thousands of creeks and streams that feed them, provide vital habitat for many aquatic species, including anadromous fish species like shad and sturgeon,turtles and amphibians, and important plants and grasses.

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    CBF Staff

    Headwaters Agricultural Stewardship Project

    CBF is working with farmers in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to put practices in place that lead to cleaner local waterways.

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    CBF Staff

    Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS)

    CBF created the VoiCeS program in 2004 as a way to reach out to local volunteers and their communities and create a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it.

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    Virginia's Eastern Shore

    The CBF has long worked on local issues important to the Shore.

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    Liz Ronston/CBF Staff

    Hopewell Restoration Project

    CBF is adding green stormwater solutions to an aging community while creating additional green space for its residents to enjoy.

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    by Kim Jurczyk/CBF Staff

    Restoring Southside Richmond Watersheds Project

    Improving the quantity of and awareness about green infrastructure practices in the Broad Rock neighborhood of urban Southside Richmond.

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