2021 Press Releases - Watershed-wide

  • 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.

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