Five Things You Should Know from the 2022 State of the Bay Report
January 18, 2023
The Chesapeake Bay this month earned a D+ in CBF’s biennial report card assessing the watershed’s health. While the overall score remains unchanged from two years ago, there’s a lot going on below the surface. Here are five big takeaways.
CBF's 2022 State of the Bay Score Unchanged
January 5, 2023
Overall, the unchanged score is largely a result of failures to make needed changes on farmland to reduce pollution.
Save the Bay News: An Ancient Fish in Danger, Farmer Funds, and Crabs
September 16, 2022
Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content. This month we look into concerns over a proposed salmon factory, recent landmark federal legislation, crabs, and the latest survey of underwater grasses.
Underwater Grasses: How Are They Doing?
August 30, 2022
Underwater grasses are a critical habitat in the Bay and its tidal rivers. We asked Dr. Beth McGee for an update on their status and what it means for the health of the Bay.
CBF Issues a Statement on Bay Grasses Assessment
July 21, 2022
The most recent assessment of the health of Bay grasses by the Chesapeake Bay Program found that only 37% of the ultimate restoration goal of 185,000 acres has been achieved.
Catching a Heat Wave
July 18, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay is warming. Researchers are finding out why—and what a hotter future means.
Blue Crab Survey Results Show Downturn
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.
January 12, 2022
Lined seahorses rely on the Bay's underwater grass beds for food, shelter, and a place to breed.
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.
What Does Hurricane Ida Mean for the Chesapeake Bay?
September 2, 2021
CBF's Director of Science and Agricultural Policy Beth McGee tells us what we need to know.
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.
Blue Crabs: How are They Doing?
June 23, 2021
Long-term, blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are doing better than they were. But a record low number of juvenile crabs this year raises the need for caution. Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist, breaks down the numbers and what they mean.
CBF Issues Statement on UMCES Report Card
June 22, 2021
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has released its Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card for 2020 and its overall score remained unchanged from last year at a B-.
In Hot Water
April 13, 2021
The world's oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of the warming generated by climate change. The Bay and the species that call it home are feeling the heat.
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.
Underwater Grasses: How Are They Doing?
August 6, 2020
Underwater grasses are a critical habitat in the Bay and its tidal rivers. But how are they doing?
CBF Issues Statement on 2019 Declines in Bay Grasses
July 8, 2020
The 2019 Bay grasses assessment released by the Chesapeake Bay Program today found a 38 percent decline in grasses between 2018-19.
CBF Assesses PA, MD, VA Plans to Achieve 2025 Pollution Reduction Goals
August 23, 2019
With only six years left for Bay jurisdictions to implement plans necessary to restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, Bay jurisdictions have now sent the EPA their final plans that outline how the 2025 goal will be met.
Cautious Good News about Underwater Bay Grasses
July 24, 2019
After last year’s record-breaking rainfall across the region had many wondering how the Bay's underwater grasses were holding up.
CBF Issues Statement on Bay Grass Abundance
July 24, 2019
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s annual Bay grass survey is good news, especially considering last year’s record rainfall.
CBF Report: The State of the Blueprint
May 28, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—A new Chesapeake Bay Foundation report examining the state of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint found both good and bad news.
Hope Springs Eternal. So Do the Shrimp.
April 26, 2019
Upon meeting the Bay for the first time, I came away an optimist.
2018 State of the Bay: A Stiff Reality Check
January 15, 2019
A cynic might be tempted to say that our optimism for the Bay a year ago was false, but a clear-eyed optimist will instead look closely at the important scientific signals and watch carefully as 2019 progresses.
2018 Bay Health Score Drops as Massive Rains Increase Pollution
January 7, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s biennial State of the Bay report score decreased one point this year to 33, equivalent to a D+. The drop was largely due to increased pollution and poor water clarity caused by record regional rainfall.
This Month on the Bay: Late Summer Glory in Tidal Fresh Marshes
August 24, 2018
Tidal Fresh sounds like an oxymoron. If a waterway is tidal, its bottom must be below sea level and open to the ocean, so it should be salty. Right? Nope.
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