CBF Praises Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reauthorize NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Education Program
May 25, 2021
Reps. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) today introduced companion legislation in the House and Senate to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and authorize increasing its funding from $17 million in Fiscal Year 2022 to $22.6 million by Fiscal Year 2025.
Blue Crab Survey Results Show ‘Mixed Bag’
May 21, 2021
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2021 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, an annual estimate of the population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Newly Open Classroom Redefines School in Chesapeake Bay Foundation-Virginia Beach City Public Schools Effort
May 20, 2021
A cutting-edge new classroom launched this spring is reinventing learning in a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Virginia Beach Public Schools at CBF’s Brock Environmental Center.
CBF Issues Statement on the Billion for the Bay Initiative
May 13, 2021
Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker commended the region’s leaders for the Billion for the Bay Initiative proposed in a letter to Congressional leaders today.
CBF Commends Officials on Formal Kickoff for Baltimore Headworks Project
May 10, 2021
Today, Baltimore and Maryland officials held a formal ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the Headworks Project, a $429 million upgrade to the city’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant that’s designed to prevent sewer overflows.
CBF Statement on EPA’s Evaluation of the Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan
May 6, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, Beth McGee, issued this statement following the release of EPA’s comments on how the additional pollution to the Chesapeake Bay from the lost trapping capacity at Conowingo Dam should be addressed.
Clean the Bay Day Returns the First Week of June after COVID Cancellation in 2020
May 3, 2021
Clean the Bay Day, Virginia’s long-running annual litter cleanup, is coming back in a new way the first week of June after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Last year was the first time the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Virginia tradition missed a year since the event began in 1989.
Report on Economic Impact of Agriculture in Pennsylvania Reinforces Call for Greater Investments in the Industry
April 30, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued a statement by Pennsylvania Executive Director Shannon Gority following release of a new report on the economic impact of agriculture in Pennsylvania.
Southside Virginia Pipeline Compressor Station Raises Environmental Justice Concerns
April 27, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is raising environmental justice and pollution concerns about a proposed compressor station in Pittsylvania County for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Lambert Compressor Station, an industrial facility planned to pump gas through the pipeline, would be built within five miles of four environmental justice communities with strong African American and American Indian roots.
CBF Applauds EPA Move to Restore States' Ability to Adopt Tougher Auto Standards
April 26, 2021
CBF applauds EPA’s proposal taking the first step toward restoring states’ authority to adopt tougher clean vehicle standards than the federal government requires in their fight against transportation emissions and climate change.
Virginia DEQ Announces New Environmental Justice Director
April 23, 2021
CBF is encouraged by the announcement of an environmental justice director at DEQ and hopes it will prove a significant step forward in ensuring that Virginia’s communities have a meaningful voice in environmental decisions that could affect them.
CBF Applauds Rep. Spanberger's Growing Climate Solutions Act
April 22, 2021
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help farmers, ranchers, and foresters overcome barriers they face when trying to participate in voluntary carbon markets, where they can sell credits they earn for implementing climate-friendly conservation practices.
CBF Responds to the Conviction of Derek Chauvin
April 21, 2021
Clean air, clean water, and a life without fear of violence are rights we all share. We must all continue to raise our voices for racial justice.
CBF Welcomes New Investments in Farm Conservation Programs
April 21, 2021
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced new investments the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to make in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and other programs that help farmers adopt environmentally friendly best management practices that can also mitigate the effects of climate change.
Delegate Lopez Earns CBF’s Virginia Legislator of the Year
April 20, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) this week presented Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington and Fairfax) with a Virginia Legislator of the Year award for his work to achieve a healthy Chesapeake Bay and reduce pollution to Virginia’s rivers and streams.
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Delivers Climate Speech from Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters
April 19, 2021
Today, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President Will Baker welcomed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to CBF’s headquarters in Annapolis. In a speech, Sec. Blinken announced stronger U.S. efforts to mitigate climate change.
CBF Statement on Climate Solutions Now Act and the End of Maryland’s 2021 General Assembly Session
April 13, 2021
The Maryland Senate and House of Delegates were unable to reach an agreement over the two different versions of the Climate Solutions Now Act that each chamber had passed earlier this session. However, some of the legislation’s components were added to other bills that were approved.
Maryland Environmental Groups File Notice of Potential Lawsuit Against Valley Proteins for Pollution Violations
April 13, 2021
Maryland environmental groups sent a notice of intent to bring a lawsuit against Valley Proteins for violating its wastewater permit. The goal of this action is to bring Valley Proteins into compliance and protect water quality, the environment, and public health.
Virginia to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics in State Government
March 23, 2021
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today released an executive order requiring the phase-out of single-use plastics by state government agencies, including all state universities and colleges.
Environmental Justice for All Act is a Crucial Step to Empowering Vulnerable Communities
March 19, 2021
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva and Rep. Donald McEachin have introduced landmark legislation that would strengthen the ability of communities overburdened by multiple sources of harmful pollution to protect and enforce their rights to good health and a clean, safe environment.
CBF Statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Decision to Relicense Conowingo Dam
March 18, 2021
Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the relicensing of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project, effectively ratifying Maryland’s settlement offer with Exelon to enable the utility to continue operating Conowingo Dam. The settlement fails to adequately address water pollution issues associated with the dam’s operations.
CBF Encouraged by Maryland Senate's Approval
of Climate Solutions Now Act
March 12, 2021
Today the Maryland Senate passed a bill requiring the state to reduce 60 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and puts in place concrete actions to guide the state to this goal.
CBF: New Maryland Court Ruling Should Prompt Action to Reduce Poultry-Related Air Pollution
March 12, 2021
On Thursday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell ruled that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) must regulate ammonia air emissions from large chicken farms.
CBF Congratulates Regan on Confirmation as EPA Administrator, Praises His Commitment to Saving the Bay
March 10, 2021
The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael S. Regan as EPA administrator. At his confirmation hearing, Administrator Regan pledged the EPA would be a partner in meeting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Historic Budget for Clean Water Programs Passes Virginia General Assembly
March 1, 2021
Approving historically strong levels of investment in clean water programs, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates this weekend passed final budget amendments for the upcoming second year of the biennial budget.
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