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  • CBF and FOR Applaud Action by Attorney General Herring on Fones Cliffs

    October 11, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—The Attorney General's office has announced it has filed an enforcement action in Circuit Court that charges Virginia True with violations following illegal actions at Fones Cliffs, in Richmond County.

  • CBF Statement on Fones Cliffs Conservation Announcement

    October 3, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—Terrell Bowers, who owns a portion of Fones Cliffs, has announced that his 250 acres of the cliffs is under contract for sale to The Conservation Fund for preservation.

  • Quality Water, Soil, and Sales on the Menu at Field Day on Misty Mountain Farm

    October 3, 2018

    At Pennsylvania's Misty Mountain Farm, riparian forest buffers, no-till, and cover crop farming techniques improve soil and water quality, leading to success for business and the Bay.

  • CBF Statement on Referral to AG of Fones Cliffs Violations

    September 21, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has referred violations by Fones Cliffs developer, Virginia True Corporation, to the Virginia Attorney General’s Office for enforcement. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation had called for a significant penalty for these violations.

  • Flood of 10 Million Trees Could Help Offset Impact of Future PA Deluges

    September 20, 2018

    Veteran newspaper photographer John Pavoncello has been eye-to-eye with all kinds of human drama.

  • Candidates for Anne Arundel County Executive to Discuss Environment at Sept. 17 Forum

    August 23, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The two candidates running for Anne Arundel County Executive—Republican incumbent Steve Schuh and Democratic challenger Steuart Pittman—are scheduled to meet at a forum Sept. 17 to discuss their environmental policies.

  • The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is Working

    August 23, 2018

    This is a critical time for bay restoration. At the halfway point between 2010 and 2025 the question is: Are we on track?

  • CBF Statement on Pipeline Decision by Water Control Board

    August 22, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—The Virginia State Water Control Board yesterday voted to continue with status quo water quality protections for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline. Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Attorney and Virginia Assistant Director Peggy Sanner released the following statement.

  • Stop Pipelines' Devastation of Virginia Waterways

    August 21, 2018

    Recent months have deluged Virginians with storms and heavy rainfall, causing flooded roads, washed-out embankments, and mudslides. In the case of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction, these summer storms triggered extensive damage to Virginia's rivers and streams.

  • CBF Statement on Halt of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work

    August 13, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Assistant Director and Senior Attorney Peggy Sanner issued the following statement following the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week to halt work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated key pipeline permits.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Backs Maryland in Conowingo Lawsuits

    August 9, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit that may determine whether Exelon Corporation, the owner of the Conowingo Dam, must contribute to clean up pollution problems related to the dam.

  • CBF Supports Baltimore Lawsuit Seeking Climate Change Compensation

    July 20, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker issued this statement after Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced her city is suing energy companies for allegedly knowingly contributing to climate change which increases costs for local governments.

  • New EPA Coal Ash Rule Reduces Environmental Protections

    July 18, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Environmental Protection Agency has issued final rules governing the handling and monitoring of hazardous coal ash.

  • CBF Issues Statement on Bay Program Pollution Reduction Estimates

    July 17, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, issued this statement following the release of Chesapeake Bay Program data on modeled reductions in pollution.

  • DEQ Commits to Monitor Poultry Operations for Pollution

    July 2, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has committed to undertake water quality monitoring of key poultry operations on the Eastern Shore after taking into account concerns from the community, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other stakeholders.

  • Volunteers across Virginia Pick up 128,817 Pounds of Litter on Clean the Bay Day

    June 2, 2018

    (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—Volunteers across Virginia today took part in the 30th annual Clean the Bay Day, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual shoreline and stream cleanup and one of the largest volunteer events in Virginia.

  • Amid Discussions of Delay, CBF Releases Its 2017 Midpoint Assessment

    May 30, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—With discussions underway to consider delaying full implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's midpoint assessment of the principal Bay states' progress has taken on even more importance.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Little Spark

    May 18, 2018

    When Robert Dean was planning the first Clean the Bay Day 29 years ago, his greatest worry was getting enough volunteers to leave the comfort of their homes on a Saturday morning to get dirty and tired picking up trash. But he underestimated the love Virginians have for their waterways.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Threats and Resilience

    May 11, 2018

    Like the victim of Chinese water torture, the Chesapeake Bay seems afflicted by a constant stream of assaults, most of them man-made.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Big Dam Problem

    May 4, 2018

    It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.

  • Thirty Years of Stewardship

    May 3, 2018

    On a cold night in January 1989, I gathered 12 friends of mine together. Plastic bags, fishing line, cigarette butts, and heaps of other trash were defiling our waterways. And we wanted to do something about it.

  • A Good Tree to Lean On

    May 2, 2018

    As a couple, we have been members of Branch's Baptist Church in Richmond and active in the Spanish-speaking congregation for over a decade.

  • CBF Comments on EPA Changes to Coal Ash Rules

    April 30, 2018

    (RICHMOND, VA)—As the Environmental Protection Agency considers changes to federal rules governing the disposal of coal ash, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed written comments expressing concerns that the proposed revisions could increase risks from coal ash.

  • CBF Applauds Hogan Administration for Holding Exelon Accountable for Its Share of Conowingo Clean-Up

    April 27, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS,MD)—Alison Prost, Acting Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following Maryland’s issuance today of a Water Quality Certification to Exelon Generation Company LLC to operate the Conowingo Dam for the next 50 years.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Disappearing Act

    April 13, 2018

    After months of meetings, letters, phone calls, and emails, it looked like we were going to take a step, albeit it a small one, towards strengthening Maryland’s outdated Forest Conservation Act. Until the legislation disappeared.

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