Chesapeake Bay Trust Issues Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Awards
December 21, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, is pleased to announce the approval of 13 grants in Maryland and Virginia for the Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Awards, a program supported by CBF.
CBF Issues Statement on Executive Council Meeting
December 15, 2021
The Chesapeake Executive Council met today in Richmond, Virginia, and selected EPA Administrator Michael Regan to be the next Council Chair. Following the meeting, CBF President William C. Baker issued this statement.
CBF Statement on the Death of Sen. Bernie Fowler
December 13, 2021
CBF President William C. Baker issued this statement on the passing of Sen. Bernie Fowler
CBF Issues Statement on Green 2.0 Report Card
November 17, 2021
Today, Green 2.0 released new diversity and inclusion data from environmental NGOs and foundations. Green 2.0 is a nonprofit organization working to increase racial and ethnic diversity among environmental organizations.
CBF Board Selects New President & CEO
November 1, 2021
The CBF Board of Trustees has selected Hilary Harp Falk, a proven expert in large-scale ecosystem restoration, leading organizational change and coalition building, to be CBF’s next President & CEO. She will succeed William C. Baker, who began working for CBF as an intern in 1976 and has been President & CEO of the organization since 1981.
CBF Issues Statement on Water Quality Assessment
October 28, 2021
The most recent data from the Chesapeake Bay Program estimates that only a third of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers are healthy enough to support essential aquatic species. The score is lower than the previous assessment, which the Bay Program attributes to unusually wet weather.
Juvenile Striped Bass Numbers in Chesapeake Bay Remain below Average in Maryland
October 15, 2021
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the results of annual surveys of the juvenile striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay. For the third consecutive year, the Maryland numbers are below average, while the Virginia numbers are about average.
Chesapeake Executive Council Falls Short: CBF Issues Statement
October 1, 2021
The Council’s job is to lead Bay restoration efforts, establish the policy direction for the restoration and protection of the Bay and its living resources, and be accountable to the public for progress made under the Bay agreements. By those measures, the Executive Council has fallen short.
August Dead Zone Is Bad News for the Bay
September 17, 2021
CBF raised concerns about Bay restoration efforts following the August dead zone report. The report, from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University, found that dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland and Virginia were worse than average this August following two better-than-average months.
CBF Bands in the Sand Event Postponed until June 2022
August 10, 2021
CBF's Bands in the Sand event, originally scheduled for August 28, 2021, has been postponed to June 11, 2022.
CBF Issuses Statement on 2020 Bay Grasses Survey Results
July 28, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Program has released the results of the 2020 Bay grasses survey, which found a 7 percent decline from 2019.
CBF Issues a Statement on the June Dead Zone Assessment
July 16, 2021
Data from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University found that the dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay was smaller than average in June.
CBF Issues Statement on 2021 Dead Zone Forecast
June 23, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay’s dead zone is predicted to be smaller than average this summer. The forecast is largely based on the amount of rainfall from January to May.
CBF Statement on the Passing of Former Senator John W. Warner of Virginia
May 26, 2021
Upon the passing of former Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, CBF President William C. Baker has issued the following statement.
Blue Crab Survey Results Show ‘Mixed Bag’
May 21, 2021
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2021 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, an annual estimate of the population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
CBF Responds to the Conviction of Derek Chauvin
April 21, 2021
Clean air, clean water, and a life without fear of violence are rights we all share. We must all continue to raise our voices for racial justice.
After Major Striped Bass Decline, ASMFC Opens Fishery Plan to Comment
February 3, 2021
In another step towards rebuilding the striped bass population, an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) panel will open the Public Information Document for Amendment 7 for public comment.
CBF President Will Baker to Retire
January 22, 2021
CBF President William C. Baker and the Board of Trustees today discussed succession planning for Baker’s retirement at the end this year.
CBF's 2020 State of the Bay Score Down Slightly
January 5, 2021
This year, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's assessment of the State of the Bay remained at a D+, but declined by one point from 2018. While concerning, the decline is largely due to ineffective management of the Bay's striped bass population, as opposed to water quality concerns.