Court Rules Roanoke Stormwater Fee is Not a Tax; Norfolk Southern Must Pay
December 26, 2017
(ROANOKE, VA)—U.S. District Court Judge Glen E. Conrad has ruled that the stormwater utility fee charged by the City of Roanoke is not a tax, and, therefore, Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is not exempt from the charge.
CBF Applauds Virginia’s Selection of Oyster Restoration Rivers
December 21, 2017
(HAMPTON ROADS, VA)—After a process led by Norfolk District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Commonwealth of Virginia named the Lower York and Great Wicomico rivers as its final two oyster restoration sanctuaries.
Virginians Needed to Grow and Plant Underwater Grasses
December 19, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA.)– Volunteers across Virginia can help restore wild underwater grasses with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses program by growing them at home, school, or work.
Statement on Clean Water Programs in Virginia’s Budget
December 18, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today released his proposed budget for 2019 and 2020.
CBF Statement on Appointment of Matt Strickler to Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
December 14, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Governor-elect Ralph Northam today nominated Matt Strickler to become the next Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. CBF Virginia Assistant Director Peggy Sanner released the following statement.
CBF Statement on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Certification
December 12, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Citing the need for additional information, Virginia's State Water Control Board today voted to delay draft water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
CBF Statement on the Passing of Macon Brock
December 11, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—-Harry Lester, Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Board of Trustees, issued the following statement on the passing of his close personal friend Macon Brock this weekend.
Webinar to Cover How to Make a Difference in Virginia’s General Assembly
December 8, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is offering a free online workshop on Dec. 13 on how anyone can advocate for clean water and the environment during the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Honor Virginia Wesleyan University
December 6, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)–The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced today that it will honor Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach for its leadership and commitment to educating the next generation of Chesapeake Bay leaders.
Lafayette River Oyster Survey Shows Thriving Reefs
December 4, 2017
(NORFOLK, VA)–Oysters planted on constructed reefs in the Lafayette River are reproducing and thriving, according to the results of a recent survey by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Real Recyclable Christmas Trees Help the Environment and Economy
November 29, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)–When considering a Christmas tree this season, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Virginia urges you to help the environment and local economy by buying a real tree and recycling it after the holidays.
Volunteers Needed to Remove Invasive Species in Hopewell
November 27, 2017
(HOPEWELL, VA)–Volunteers can save trees and native plants by removing invasive species in Hopewell City Park on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Hopewell.
Volunteers and Restaurants Needed to Pitch In for Oyster Restoration
November 21, 2017
(HAMPTON ROADS, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking additional restaurants and volunteers in Hampton Roads to pitch in to restore the native oyster population during Virginia oyster month this November.
On Third Anniversary, CBF's Brock Environmental Center Inspires
November 16, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—As the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center marks its third year, the building continues to surpass expectations for sustainability and has become an environmental hub for the community.
CBF Statement on Petition to Reconsider FERC Pipeline Decision
November 13, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and 19 other organizations and individuals filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking the agency to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which occurred last month in a 2 to 1 vote.
CBF Names April Strickland Hampton Roads Director of Major Giving
October 31, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)–The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is pleased to announce April Strickland as its new Hampton Roads Director of Major Giving.
CBF Dedicates Lester Education Pavilion in Virginia Beach
October 24, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)–Celebrating the fulfillment of a long-term environmental vision, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation this month dedicated the Lester Education Pavilion at CBF's Brock Environmental Center.
Issues for Local Streams, Rivers, and the Bay Highlighted at Culpeper Breakfast Talk
October 17, 2017
(CULPEPER, VA)–The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Piedmont Environmental Council are hosting a breakfast discussion in Culpeper on issues facing local streams, rivers, and the Bay ahead of this fall's elections for Virginia’s Governor and House of Delegates.
Innovative Livestock Solar Watering Station Available for Trial Runs at Virginia Farms
October 5, 2017
(MOUNT SOLON, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has an innovative solar powered livestock watering station is now available to lend to farmers on a temporary basis. The mobile unit uses the sun's energy to pump water from any nearby creek or pond to tanks that replenish watering troughs.
Norfolk Environmental Organizations Get $828k for Oyster Reef Construction
September 25, 2017
CBF Statement on Lafayette River Oyster Restoration Federal Grant
September 25, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced a $199,665 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and a separate $200,000 grant to the Elizabeth River Project (ERP) for construction of oyster reefs in the Lafayette River in Norfolk.
Menhaden Battle Once Again Pits Virginia Against Northern States
September 23, 2017
Preserving Chesapeake Bay for Future Generations of Humans—and Dolphins
September 22, 2017
Portions of the Bay, Rappahannock, and James Rivers Improved in Latest Impaired Waters List
August 31, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)–Portions of the Chesapeake Bay, James River, and Rappahannock River are showing promising signs of recovery due to restoration efforts, meeting state standards for dissolved oxygen for the first time since the benchmarks were adopted in 2005.
CBF to Celebrate Save the Bay Family Day September 10 at Brock Center
August 10, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)--The Chesapeake Bay Foundation invites the entire community to Save the Bay Family Day on Sept. 10 at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.
CBF Statement on City of Virginia Beach Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling
June 21, 2017
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement regarding the passage of a resolution by the City of Virginia Beach opposing opening areas of the Atlantic Coast to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Thousands of Volunteers Turn out for Clean the Bay Day to Pick up Litter and Debris
June 3, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Thousands of volunteers turned out today for the 29th Clean the Bay Day, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual shoreline and stream cleanup and one of the largest volunteer events in Virginia.
CBF Statement on Richmond's Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
May 5, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Today the City of Richmond marked the completion of a multi-year effort to significantly reduce nutrient pollution discharged into the James River by the city's wastewater treatment plant.
Statement on Governor Signing Bill to Fix Alexandria's Combined Sewer System
April 21, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation today that will require Alexandria to upgrade its outdated combined sewer system by 2025.
CBF: Annual Crab Survey Numbers Suggest Need to Maintain Regulations
April 19, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Chris Moore, Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the release of the annual Winter Crab Dredge Survey in Maryland and Virginia.
CBF Statement on Rep. Scott Taylor Letter Supporting Bay Program Funding
March 29, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach) urged full funding for the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program in a letter yesterday to key House appropriators.
CBF Statement on Proposals for Addressing Alexandria's Combined Sewer System
March 28, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proposed giving Alexandria until as late as 2030 to address upgrades to its outdated combined sewer system, which sends untreated sewage into waterways and jeopardizes human health and water quality.
Virginia Budget Supports Farm Conservation Practices
February 27, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—Over the weekend Virginia's legislators approved a budget that includes an investment of about $17 million in fiscal year 2018 in Virginia's agricultural cost-share program.
CBF Statement on Virginia House and Senate Budgets
February 7, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—In separate proposed fiscal year 2018 budgets released Sunday, the Virginia Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations committee both supported funding for the Commonwealth's agricultural cost-share program.
Statement on Virginia General Assembly Resolution Commending CBF on Its 50th Anniversary
January 31, 2017
(RICHMOND, VA)—On the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates today, legislators presented the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) with a resolution commending CBF on its 50th anniversary.