Federal & Watershed-wide Releases
June 2, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) welcomed today’s announcement that Dr. Kandis Boyd has been tapped to lead EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.
May 25, 2022
CBF and 15 other environmental, water quality, and faith organizations today urged the White House to use race and a more inclusive definition of “disadvantaged” in the tool it will use to determine whether a community qualifies for additional federal resources to address the environmental injustices it faces.
May 19, 2022
Today the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2022 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, an annual estimate of the population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. CBF Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement.
May 16, 2022
CBF today filed comments urging EPA to quickly finalize significantly stronger standards than what the agency is considering to cut nitrogen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks and buses.
May 6, 2022
Chesapeake Bay cleanup advocates welcomed today’s announcement by USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie that USDA plans to direct an additional $22.5 million this year to helping farmers in the watershed adopt conservation practices that improve water quality in the Bay and its tributaries.
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April 8, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is pleased the Climate Solutions Now Act has been enacted following Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to allow it to become law without his signature.
CBF Encouraged by General Assembly’s Approval of Legislation to Strengthen Water Pollution Enforcement
March 31, 2022
The Maryland General Assembly today approved legislation strongly supported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to increase inspection and enforcement activities related to facilities permitted to discharge pollution into the state’s waterways.
March 29, 2022
Today, the Maryland House of Delegates approved the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 by a vote of 95 to 42. The House vote follows the state Senate’s approval of the legislation on March 14.
March 28, 2022
As a result of continued and unresolved problems at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, MDE has directed the Maryland Environmental Service to take charge of operations at the plant. The directive was issued after Baltimore City failed to comply with a previous 48-hour order to end illegal discharges from the plant.
March 24, 2022
Today, the Maryland Department of Environment released an updated inspection report from Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant revealing significant and ongoing maintenance and operational failures that are resulting in excessive amounts of pollution reaching the Chesapeake Bay.
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March 29, 2022
Mountain Valley Pipeline today withdrew its appeal of an agency decision rejecting a key permit for the proposed Lambert Compressor Station, a component of the company’s Southgate expansion project.
March 3, 2022
Restoration reefs built in Norfolk’s Lafayette River are thriving beyond expectations, with hundreds of oysters found growing per square meter during a recent survey by CBF.
February 28, 2022
To protect people and the environment across Virginia from flooding, rising seas, and extreme storms, Virginia legislators are currently considering several coastal resiliency proposals.
February 21, 2022
In separate budgets bills released this Sunday, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates advanced proposals to fund state operations over the next two years. Both proposals provided unprecedented funding for programs to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay in recognition of the looming 2025 deadline to meet Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint restoration goals.
February 16, 2022
As Virginia legislators consider the budget for the next two fiscal years, the CBF urges support for many important clean water initiatives.
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