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  • 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 Issues Statement on Court Ruling on Chlorpyrifos

    August 9, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement following the decision by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requiring EPA to end its approval of the use of chlorpyrifos.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Torrent of Trash

    August 3, 2018

    The health of our local waterways and the Bay is often hidden below the surface. But other times, water quality is in plain sight.

  • CBF Statement on Senate Letter Urging Bay Funding in Farm Bill

    August 1, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—As the Senate voted to go to conference with the House on the Farm Bill, a bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress from both the Senate and House, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, in a letter urged support for Chesapeake Bay investment in the Farm Bill.

  • EPA Bay Cleanup Midpoint Report Shows Pennsylvania Threatens Success, CBF Says

    July 27, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Today, the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued its midpoint assessment of efforts to reduce pollution and restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. In that assessment, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation found important progress, but troubling trends as well.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Bay Mutiny

    July 20, 2018

    In 1608, during the first exploration of the Chesapeake Bay by European settlers, it was Captain John Smith who led the way. Of the countless voyages throughout this national treasure since, it's a safe bet that most had a captain.

  • CBF Issues Statement on Congressional Efforts to Derail the Blueprint

    July 19, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the passage of Congressman Goodlatte’s amendment to H.R. 6147, the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019.

  • 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.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Blessing and a Curse

    July 13, 2018

    The recent hot and sunny weather throughout the watershed has blessed many of us with picturesque days to swim, fish, or work in our gardens. But this weather isn’t a blessing to some.

  • CBF Issues Statement on Amendment to Weaken Bay Clean-Up Efforts

    July 13, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker issued this statement today after Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) again offered an amendment to weaken the Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Best Bang for Our Buck

    July 6, 2018

    The least expensive ways to fight pollution also targets the largest source of pollution—agricultural runoff.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Bay Building Blocks

    June 29, 2018

    Speak of the Chesapeake Bay and thoughts of the mighty oyster or beloved blue crab are not far away. These treasured critters are not only delectable but are critical building blocks for the health of the Bay's ecology.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Investing in Clean Water

    June 8, 2018

    When Virginia's General Assembly adjourned in March, there was one item unresolved. There was deadlock on the state budget. But following a lengthy special session, it's clear there is something legislators all agree on: clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Halfway There

    June 1, 2018

    The history of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are riddled with grand promises, high expectations, and missed deadlines. But the story changed when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was introduced in 2010.

  • 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 Month on the Bay: A Mahogany Tide in May

    May 9, 2018

    Mahogany tides are natural occurrences, but a bloom as widespread and deep as the one that came this week is a serious reminder of how much we have overfertilized our waters with nitrogen and phosphorus.

  • 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.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 10 Million Keystone Trees

    April 27, 2018

    Pennsylvania's waters might not contain blue crabs, oysters, or other iconic Chesapeake Bay critters, but with more than 50 percent of the Bay's freshwater flows coming from the Susquehanna River, the Keystone State determines the health of the Chesapeake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Biggest Ever

    April 20, 2018

    A recently released study found that not only are Bay grasses flourishing, but the comeback of grasses is one of the few places on Earth where ecological improvements are a direct result of human efforts to reduce pollution.

  • Democracy in Action

    April 18, 2018

    When the new federal funding bill was signed into law a couple weeks ago, it wasn't an accident that it fully supported EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program—a critical piece of Chesapeake restoration.

  • 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.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Unfinished Business

    April 6, 2018

    It’s an exciting time on the Bay and its rivers and streams. Ospreys are back, flora is beginning to bloom, and the days are lengthening. And in Richmond and Annapolis, activity is beginning to wind down in the halls of its Capitols.

  • CBF Issues Statement Following EPA Vehicle Emissions Roll-back Announcement

    April 2, 2018

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Today EPA announced efforts to roll back greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for automobiles. After the announcement, Alison Prost, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Interim Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued the following statement.

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