EPA Decision to Retain Insufficient Ozone Emissions Standards Puts Bay Cleanup, Watershed Residents at Risk
December 23, 2020
EPA announced today it won’t tighten the existing insufficient limits on ozone pollution. The agency made this decision despite overwhelming evidence that the current standards fail to protect the health of the watershed’s most vulnerable residents.
CBF Praises Congress for Adding $2.5 Million to 2021 Chesapeake Bay Program Budget
December 22, 2020
Congress included a $2.5 million increase for the Chesapeake Bay Program in the $1.4 trillion fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending package it passed last night.
CBF Issues Statement Praising President-Elect Joe Biden's Pick for EPA Administrator
December 18, 2020
Before Gov. Roy Cooper tapped him to run North Carolina’s environmental agency in 2017, Regan was a senior official working on climate change and clean energy, and before that southeast regional director, at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Clean Air Cost-Benefit Rule Threatens Limits Crucial to Bay Cleanup, Health Protection
December 9, 2020
EPA announced today it has finalized an unnecessary rule that threatens to undermine air pollution limits essential to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways and puts the health of the watershed’s most vulnerable residents at the greatest risk.
CBF Applauds House Passage of Ecosystem Restoration Bill
December 8, 2020
The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, which authorizes ecosystem restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and around the country.
CBF Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Paul Sarbanes
December 7, 2020
The Bay lost a great champion yesterday, when Paul Sarbanes, former U.S. Senator from Maryland, died.
CBF Issues Statement on Motion to Dismiss EPA Lawsuits
November 22, 2020
The Justice Department, representing EPA, has filed motions to dismiss separate lawsuits filed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners.
CBF Congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Winning Presidency/Vice Presidency
November 7, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
Enactment of Historic Legislation is Major Victory for Chesapeake Bay
October 30, 2020
Today, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act was signed into law. Passing both chambers of Congress unanimously, this broad conservation bill contains programs that will significantly help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
CBF Cheers House Passage of Conservation Bill Reauthorizing Bay Programs, Urges President to Sign Soon
October 1, 2020
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act by a vote of
CBF to Sue EPA over Failure to Hold Pennsylvania and New York Accountable for Not Meeting Clean Water Act Obligations
September 10, 2020
Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners will file a complaint suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency for abdicating its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act
CBF, National Parks Conservation Association Oppose EPA Proposal to Devalue Co-benefits of Air Pollution Rules
August 4, 2020
CBF and the National Parks Conservation Association have filed comments opposing EPA’s reliance on questionable legal authority to create a dangerously unbalanced approach to analyzing the costs and benefits of air pollution limits.
CBF Praises House Investments in 2021 Bay Oyster Restoration and Environmental Education
July 31, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation welcomed today’s vote in the House of Representatives for fiscal year 2021 spending plans that include funding for oyster restoration through the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay watershed education program.
CBF Praises House Vote to Add $5.5 Million to Chesapeake Bay Program’s Budget Next Year
July 24, 2020
A $5.5 million boost for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program in fiscal year 2021 was passed today by a vote of 224-189 in the House of Representatives.
CBF Lauds Senator Cardin, Winner of 2020 Water Prize, for Decades of Leadership on Bay, Clean Water Issues
July 21, 2020
Congratulations to Maryland’s senior senator, Ben Cardin, for winning the prestigious 2020 US Water Prize for Outstanding Public Official.
States File Suit Challenging Clean Water Permitting Rollback
July 21, 2020
Today the attorneys general of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York joined other states in filing a suit challenging the weakened water quality permitting rule recently finalized by the Trump Administration.
Trump Administration’s New Rules Subvert Goals of Environmental Review Law
July 15, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation denounced the Trump administration for subverting the goals of the National Environmental Policy Act.
CBF Applauds Funding Increase for Watershed Education and Oyster Restoration in House Spending Bill
July 14, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation applauded proposed funding increases for Bay watershed education and oyster restoration and research in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget.
CBF Welcomes Fiscal 2021 Oyster Restoration Funds in Bill Approved by House Appropriations Committee
July 13, 2020
CBF applauds the House Appropriations Committee for including $5 million for oyster restoration and rehabilitation in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' fiscal year 2021 spending plan.
CBF Applauds Increased 2021 Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program in House Appropriations Subcommittee Bill
July 9, 2020
The bill calls for the EPA-administered Program to be funded at $90.5 million in the coming fiscal year, once again refusing the Trump administration’s attempt to impose a draconian cut on the Program.
CBF Expresses Strong Support for House Infrastructure Bill
July 1, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation expressed its strong support for the Moving Forward Act, which passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 233-188.
CBF and Partners Return to Court to Protect Successful Limits on Toxic Emissions From Power Plants
June 19, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced its participation in litigation challenging the Trump administration’s unwarranted reversal of the legal foundation for limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from fossil fuel-fired power plants.
CBF Condemns Trump Executive Order Undermining Environmental, Public Comment Protections in Permitting Process
June 5, 2020
The Trump administration’s emergency executive order allows federal agencies to waive the consultation requirements of bedrock environmental laws to speed up the permitting process for major construction projects like pipelines and highways.
CBF Slams EPA Water Quality Permitting Rule
June 1, 2020
The new EPA rule weakens states’ authority under section 401 of the Clean Water Act to ensure that projects to build natural gas pipelines, dams, and other infrastructure that require certain federal permits and licenses do not pollute state waterways.
CBF, Partners Sue Trump Administration for Rolling Back Clean Car Standards
May 27, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and 11 partner organizations today sued the Trump administration in federal court for illegally rolling back clean car and fuel economy standards.
CBF Issues Notice of Intent to Sue EPA over Failure to Hold Pennsylvania and New York Accountable
May 18, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners filed a notice of intent to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to require Pennsylvania and New York to develop implementation plans that will achieve the 2025 Bay restoration goals.
CBF Calls for Robust Aid Package for Struggling Seafood Industry
May 11, 2020
We're calling on Congress to provide substantially more aid to the region’s struggling seafood industry, which is in economic free fall because of the near total shutdown of restaurants, markets, and other outlets for fresh oysters, crabs, and other Bay seafood.
CBF Praises Clean Water Infrastructure Provisions of Bipartisan Senate Environment Committee Bill
May 6, 2020
Titled the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, the bill includes several provisions that would benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
CBF, Shorerivers To Sue Trump Administration over Repeal and Replacement of Clean Water Rule
April 21, 2020
The Obama-era Clean Water Rule provided robust protections for wetlands and seasonal streams under the Clean Water Act.
NRCS Funding Will Support Maryland Grazing Program
April 16, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that it will contribute more than $770,000 to efforts by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partners to efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture in Maryland.
CBF Opposes EPA’s Dangerous Reversal on Mercury and Air Toxics Rule
April 16, 2020
EPA’s finding that it is no longer “appropriate and necessary” to limit toxic air emissions from coal- and oiled-fired power plants is irresponsible and carries dangerous implications not only for the Chesapeake Bay, but for future regulation of all hazardous pollutants.
CBF Weighing All Options to Oppose Weakened Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards
March 31, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is considering all options to oppose the final rule weakening vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards the Trump administration unveiled today.
CBF Issues Statement on Concerns over EPA Memorandum
March 31, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today sent a letter EPA expressing deep concern about the ramifications of a recent decision that EPA would not take enforcement action against entities that claim, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to be unable to comply with their obligations under federal law, federal permits, EPA administrative orders, and judicial consent decrees.
CBF Urges White House to Pause Public Comment Period for Federal Rules during National Emergency
March 23, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation urged the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to ensure all citizens can participate in the federal rulemaking process by pausing the comment periods for non-emergency pending and proposed new regulations, and postponing all related hearings, until President Trump lifts the national emergency declaration he issued March 13.
CBF Commends Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Measure Farmers’ Conservation Efforts
March 12, 2020
Sens. Bob Casey and Shelley Moore Capito and Reps. Marcia Fudge and Glenn Thompson have introduced companion bills in the Senate and the House that direct the Department of Agriculture to measure, evaluate, and report on the effectiveness of its conservation programs.
White House Bid to Weaken Environmental Reviews Would Ignore Climate Change, Restrict Citizen’s Input
March 10, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed comments opposing the Trump administration’s dangerous proposal to ignore climate change when evaluating the environmental and community impacts of major projects requiring federal approval.
CBF Appreciates Sarbanes Leadership Moving Bill to Renew Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network
February 26, 2020
The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed legislation spearheaded by Rep. John Sarbanes and supported by 15 bipartisan original co-sponsors to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network through 2025.
CBF Statement on President’s FY21 Budget Cuts to Bay Program
February 10, 2020
The Trump administration today proposed slashing next year’s funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program by more than 91 percent as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget.
House Advances Crucial Bill to Extend Chesapeake Bay Program; CBF Lauds Leadership of Luria, Bay Task Force Co-Chairs
February 5, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today praised Rep. Elaine Luria for her leadership in successfully passing legislation to renew and boost funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program through the House of Representatives.
Draft Rule to Amend Farm Conservation Program Omits Updates Vital to Advancing Bay Cleanup
February 4, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed comments on the draft rule to update the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program required by the 2018 Farm Bill.
CBF Calls on EPA to Honor Its Commitments and Enforce the Clean Water Act
January 29, 2020
By taking no action to hold Pennsylvania accountable, EPA has failed to adhere to the commitment to use its existing statutory authorities, abdicating its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act.
CBF Preparing to Sue EPA
January 27, 2020
That EPA failed to take any action to hold Pennsylvania accountable for its inadequate clean-up plan puts the success accomplished with the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint over the last ten years in jeopardy.
Bipartisan Bill Would Increase Funding for NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office, Benefit Oysters, Crabs, and Other Valuable Fisheries
January 27, 2020
Legislation introduced today would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office and proposes increasing its annual funding from $12 million in 2021 to $24.6 million in 2024.
New Federal Wetlands Definition Threatens Bay Cleanup
January 23, 2020
In an unprecedented assault on the Clean Water Act, the Trump administration's new definition of "Waters of the United States" slashes federal protections for wetlands and waterways that are essential to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.
CBF Statement on Senate Passage of Bill Renewing and Increasing Funding for Federal Bay Program
January 10, 2020
The U.S. Senate last night passed a wide-ranging conservation bill that includes crucial provisions to reauthorize EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program and fund it at $90 million annually through 2025.
CBF Issues Statement on Bay Clean-Up Testimony Today
January 8, 2020
Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles today told Congress the goal of implementing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, also known as the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, by 2025 is legally enforceable and that Maryland is prepared to sue EPA if the agency fails to enforce it.
CBF Statement on White House’s Flawed Proposal to Revise Environmental Review Process
January 8, 2020
The Trump administration today proposed sweeping changes to the environmental review process that would effectively exclude climate change from the impacts federal agencies must consider when evaluating major federal actions like large-scale infrastructure projects.
CBF Statement on EPA Enforcement of the Bay Clean Water Blueprint
January 3, 2020
Today at the Chesapeake Bay Commission meeting, Chesapeake Bay Program Director Dana Aunkst said that the goals of restoring the Bay by implementing the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint were merely aspirational and not legally enforceable.