CBF Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA
May 25, 2023
Today the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Sackett v. EPA. By significantly narrowing the definition of which wetlands and other waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, the decision could damage the decades-long effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways.
Blue Crab Survey Results Show Improvement After All-Time Lows, but Concerns Remain
May 18, 2023
After reaching record low numbers last year, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is showing some signs of improvement in the 2023 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results released today.
After Striped Bass Emergency Action, Chance for Public to Weigh In
May 16, 2023
Following an emergency action setting new limits on the striped bass fishery, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding four virtual hearings this month to seek input from the public.
CBF Wins Abingdon Woods Forest Protection Lawsuit in Harford County
May 10, 2023
In a win for forest protections and clean water, a Harford County judge today ruled in favor of CBF in a lawsuit against a developer that was proposing to clear about 220 acres of forest, including 49 large and ecologically valuable trees, to build warehouses.
CBF Issues Statement on New Bay Restoration Report
May 9, 2023
A new report from the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee evaluates why progress to restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay has been slower than expected and looks at ways to accelerate efforts to reduce pollution.
Settlement Proposed In Lawsuit Against EPA for Pennsylvania Pollution
April 20, 2023
A proposed settlement has been reached in the 2020 lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to require Pennsylvania to develop and implement a plan to meet its commitments to reduce pollution under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Registration Opens for Virginia’s Largest Annual Litter Clean Up
April 14, 2023
Registration is now open for Clean the Bay Day, Virginia’s largest and longest-running annual litter cleanup.
Historic Forest Preservation Legislation Approved by Maryland General Assembly
April 10, 2023
CBF is celebrating the General Assembly’s formal approval today of legislation that will protect more forested land in Maryland.
CBF Asks MD House of Delegates to Support Forest Conservation Bill After Senate’s Approval
March 30, 2023
CBF today is calling on the Maryland House of Delegates to support a bill to strengthen the state’s forest protections after the Senate unanimously approved the legislation during its voting session Thursday.
Blue Catfish Disaster Declaration Sought
March 16, 2023
Today the Moore-Miller Administration issued a formal request to the Secretary of Commerce requesting the declaration of a federal fisheries disaster due to the impacts of invasive catfish and snakeheads in Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Old Dominion University Launch Resilient and Adaptable Communities Partnership
March 15, 2023
Marking an important step in Virginia’s efforts to adapt to climate change and sea level rise, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Old Dominion University (ODU) launched a new Resilient and Adaptable Communities Partnership this week.
Maryland Environmental Organizations Seek Judicial Review of New Valley Proteins Wastewater Permit
February 21, 2023
On Friday, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth (DCPG), Friends of the Nanticoke River, ShoreRivers, and Wicomico Environmental Trust filed a legal challenge against Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) newly issued wastewater discharge permit for Valley Proteins’ animal waste rendering plant in Linkwood.
Governor-Elect Moore Has Right Plan for Chesapeake Bay; Restoring Hope Is First Step
January 5, 2023
Maryland Gov.-Elect Wes Moore’s optimism is a welcome antidote to the recent gloom surrounding the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.
Virginia Gov. Youngkin Proposes New Funding for Clean Water Programs
December 15, 2022
Today Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin proposed budget amendments that would be applied to Virginia’s biennial budget approved last June.
Richmond and Petersburg Churches and Parks Will Add Trees Under Expanded Planting Movement
December 15, 2022
Building on seven years of efforts in Central Virginia to plant trees at churches and community spaces, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and partners will remove pavement, install conservation practices, and plant hundreds of trees in Richmond and Petersburg under a new grant.
CBF Applauds National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants to Improve Pennsylvania’s Water Quality
December 12, 2022
Across the Bay watershed, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded 104 grants totaling $33.8 million that will leverage more than $30 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of more than $64 million.
1,000-Acre Fones Cliffs Property Goes to the Conservation Fund
December 9, 2022
After a years-long push to preserve an ecologically outstanding stretch of Virginia’s Rappahannock River from development, a 1,000-acre parcel along Fones Cliffs has been acquired by The Conservation Fund.
Air Board Approves Plan to Withdraw Virginia From RGGI
December 7, 2022
The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board today approved a proposal to begin a long-term regulatory process that could end Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
VMRC Rejects New Menhaden Fishery Limits
December 6, 2022
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) today failed to approve proposed regulations on Virginia’s menhaden purse seine fisheries, opting instead to propose a memorandum of understanding between the menhaden harvesting industry and Commission.
CBF Calls on MDE to Deny Hurlock Spray Irrigation Permit
December 1, 2022
CBF scientists are concerned a groundwater discharge permit renewal that would enable the Town of Hurlock’s wastewater treatment plant to continue spraying 725,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day onto farm fields puts water quality and wildlife at risk.