CBF Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA
May 25, 2023
Today the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Sackett v. EPA. By significantly narrowing the definition of which wetlands and other waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, the decision could damage the decades-long effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways.
CBF Wins Abingdon Woods Forest Protection Lawsuit in Harford County
May 10, 2023
In a win for forest protections and clean water, a Harford County judge today ruled in favor of CBF in a lawsuit against a developer that was proposing to clear about 220 acres of forest, including 49 large and ecologically valuable trees, to build warehouses.
CBF Issues Statement on New Bay Restoration Report
May 9, 2023
A new report from the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee evaluates why progress to restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay has been slower than expected and looks at ways to accelerate efforts to reduce pollution.
CBF Statement on Sen. Cardin’s Retirement Announcement
May 1, 2023
CBF President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk praised Sen. Ben Cardin’s unparalleled record of success fighting for a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Maryland’s senior senator today announced his plans to retire next year rather than run for a fourth Senate term.
Following Net Spills, Menhaden Industry Signs Agreement on Chesapeake Bay Fishery
April 25, 2023
Virginia menhaden industry officials last week signed a non-enforceable agreement with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). Under the memorandum of understanding, the menhaden fishery would limit fishing operations on summer weekends and holidays and within one mile of the shore in some of Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
CBF Endorses Rep. Sarbanes Outdoor Education Bill
April 20, 2023
CBF announced its endorsement of legislation to expand and strengthen hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities for elementary and secondary school students around the country.
Historic Forest Preservation Legislation Approved by Maryland General Assembly
April 10, 2023
CBF is celebrating the General Assembly’s formal approval today of legislation that will protect more forested land in Maryland.
CBF Asks MD House of Delegates to Support Forest Conservation Bill After Senate’s Approval
March 30, 2023
CBF today is calling on the Maryland House of Delegates to support a bill to strengthen the state’s forest protections after the Senate unanimously approved the legislation during its voting session Thursday.
CBF Thanks Baltimore Leaders, Mayor Brandon Scott for Move to Block Wastewater From East Palestine Toxic Train Crash
March 28, 2023
CBF thanks Baltimore leaders, including Mayor Brandon Scott, for their quick action to modify a company’s wastewater permit to prevent potentially toxic wastewater contaminated by the train crash in East Palestine, Ohio from arriving in Baltimore.
CBF Endorses A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act
March 22, 2023
CBF announced its endorsement of the A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act, which was introduced today by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).
Blue Catfish Disaster Declaration Sought
March 16, 2023
Today the Moore-Miller Administration issued a formal request to the Secretary of Commerce requesting the declaration of a federal fisheries disaster due to the impacts of invasive catfish and snakeheads in Chesapeake Bay.
CBF Calls for Legislation to Boost Natural Filters During Maryland General Assembly Session
February 9, 2023
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will be advocating for five priority bills designed to bolster the Bay’s natural filters and improve water quality during the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session.
Gov. Moore’s New Budget Includes Several Chesapeake Bay Restoration Priorities
January 20, 2023
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s newly released state budget includes funding for several high priority initiatives to improve Chesapeake Bay.
CBF’s Josh Kurtz Appointed Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary
January 17, 2023
Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore today appointed Josh Kurtz as Maryland’s Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
Virginia Bill Advances for Tax Credit to Restaurants Supporting Oyster Restoration
January 17, 2023
Restaurants and other businesses that recycle oyster shells to restore oyster populations would receive a tax credit under legislation that passed a Virginia Senate committee today.
CBF Praises Nominations of Redding, Dunn, and Negrin To Cabinet Posts in Shapiro Administration
January 11, 2023
Trisha Salvia, Interim Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania, applauded the nominations of Russell Redding and Cindy Adams Dunn to return as Secretaries of the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources, respectively.
Virginia Governor Signs Budget with Historic Clean Water Investments
June 22, 2022
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin yesterday signed a two-year state budget that provides historic levels of investment in in farm conservation practices and other programs to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
Virginia Legislators Approve Extraordinary Clean Water Investments
June 1, 2022
Virginia legislators in the General Assembly today approved a budget to fund the state government over the next two years that provides historic levels of investment in programs to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
CBF and Allies Urge White House to Add Race to Environmental Justice Tool
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.
CBF Statement on Leadership Changes at Maryland Department of the Environment
May 9, 2022
Today, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced longtime Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles is leaving the state cabinet position to become executive director of the Environmental Council of the States.
Bay Restoration Leaders Welcome New USDA Funds for Conservation
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.
CBF Cheers EPA Move to Direct New Cleanup Funds to Local Projects
May 2, 2022
CBF President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk today praised EPA's plan to devote most of its new Bay funds to projects that will help restore the Bay, its tributaries, and wildlife habitat across the watershed while benefitting communities where the projects are located.
CBF Supports Initial Revisions to Rollback of Environmental Review Rules
April 19, 2022
CBF supports the White House’s first round of revisions to the rules for reviewing the environmental impacts of federal actions or projects, which were finalized today.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Climate Solutions Now Act Will Benefit Bay Restoration
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 Endorses Sarbanes Outdoor Education Bill
April 7, 2022
CBF endorsed legislation introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today to expand and strengthen hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities for elementary and secondary school students around the country.
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