CBF Welcomes Increase for Bay Program in Biden’s Fiscal 2023 Budget
March 29, 2022
CBF welcomes the funding increases in President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget for two programs essential to restoring the Bay and its tributaries, EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program and technical assistance for farmers enrolled in U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs.
CBF Applauds Maryland House of Delegates’ Approval of Climate Solutions Now Act
March 29, 2022
Today, the Maryland House of Delegates approved the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 by a vote of 95 to 42. The House vote follows the state Senate’s approval of the legislation on March 14.
CBF Statement on Maryland Taking Over Back River Wastewater Plant
March 28, 2022
As a result of continued and unresolved problems at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, MDE has directed the Maryland Environmental Service to take charge of operations at the plant. The directive was issued after Baltimore City failed to comply with a previous 48-hour order to end illegal discharges from the plant.
Ongoing Issues at Baltimore’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Must Be Resolved
March 24, 2022
Today, the Maryland Department of Environment released an updated inspection report from Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant revealing significant and ongoing maintenance and operational failures that are resulting in excessive amounts of pollution reaching the Chesapeake Bay.
Farm-Fresh Produce Shares Available for Purchase Through CBF’s Clagett Farm CSA
March 22, 2022
Residents in the Annapolis and Upper Marlboro areas of Maryland can purchase shares to receive a variety of farm-fresh produce each week through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s popular Clagett Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
Local Photographers Invited to Participate in Save the Bay Photo Contest
March 22, 2022
CBF's annual Save the Bay Photo Contest is underway. Photo submissions are being accepted now, through April 1. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate to win cash prizes of from $100 to $500, and to have their photos featured in CBF’s award-winning publications.
Bear Creek Superfund Designation Marks Turning Point for Removal of Legacy Pollution in Baltimore
March 18, 2022
The EPA has announced it would formally add Bear Creek to the Superfund National Priorities List, which will spur a federal cleanup effort in the polluted waterway near Baltimore.
Federal Funds Coming to Pennsylvania for Watershed Restoration Plans Coordinated by CBF — Thanks to Senators Casey and Cardin
March 16, 2022
Two watershed restoration plans coordinated by CBF in Pennsylvania will receive over $3 million in direct federal funding in the fiscal year 2022 omnibus spending package signed by President Biden on Tuesday.
CBF Statement on Maryland Senate's Approval of Climate Solutions Now Act
March 14, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) sees today’s Maryland state Senate vote approving the Climate Solutions Now Act as a first step toward significantly reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions.
Regenerative Agriculture Pioneer Michael Heller Retires
March 11, 2022
Michael Heller, a regenerative farmer and environmental advocate whose career spanned more than 40 years, retired this month from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
CBF Encouraged by Fiscal 2022 Increases for Priority Programs
March 10, 2022
CBF is encouraged by House passage of a $1.5 trillion fiscal year 2022 omnibus spending package that would increase funding for three programs integral to restoring the Bay, its tributaries, and wildlife habitat across its six-state watershed.
Norfolk’s Lafayette River Holds Hundreds of Oysters per Square Meter
March 3, 2022
Restoration reefs built in Norfolk’s Lafayette River are thriving beyond expectations, with hundreds of oysters found growing per square meter during a recent survey by CBF.
Virginia Resiliency Bills Advance Flood Preparedness Work
February 28, 2022
To protect people and the environment across Virginia from flooding, rising seas, and extreme storms, Virginia legislators are currently considering several coastal resiliency proposals.
CBF Supports Legislation to Increase Enforcement of Maryland Environmental Regulations
February 23, 2022
CBF is announcing its strong support of new legislation being considered in the Maryland General Assembly to address the long-term decline in state enforcement of water pollution discharge permits.
Virginia House and Senate Release Clean Water Budgets
February 21, 2022
In separate budgets bills released this Sunday, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates advanced proposals to fund state operations over the next two years. Both proposals provided unprecedented funding for programs to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay in recognition of the looming 2025 deadline to meet Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint restoration goals.
CBF Applauds House Committee Vote to Advance Bipartisan SEEE Act
February 16, 2022
CBF applauded the House Natural Resources Committee’s approval today of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and boost funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office and expand environmental education about the Bay.
Virginia Budget Items Support Clean Water, Oysters, Mussels, and Environmental Education
February 16, 2022
As Virginia legislators consider the budget for the next two fiscal years, the CBF urges support for many important clean water initiatives.
New Report Details Farm Practices That Cut Pollution and Fight Climate Change
February 15, 2022
A new report from CBF highlights the multiple benefits of agricultural conservation practices essential to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Farm Forward examines practices that reduce pollution, combat climate change, improve soil health and farmers’ bottom lines, and boost local economies.
CBF Urges General Assembly to Pass Strong Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022
February 14, 2022
CBF is advocating for Maryland legislators this year to approve strengthened legislation aimed at reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.
ShoreRivers, DCPG, and CBF File to Intervene in Maryland’s Lawsuit Against Valley Proteins
February 14, 2022
On Friday, a coalition of organizations—ShoreRivers, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation—filed a motion to intervene in a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) lawsuit against Valley Proteins for violating wastewater pollution limits and permit requirements.
Pennsylvania’s Proposed Budget Has Opportunities for Cleaner Rivers and Streams
February 8, 2022
CBF issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Shannon Gority, in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s $43.7 billion General Fund budget proposal for fiscal year 2022-23.
Proposed Interim Wetlands Definition Is a Good Start, but Needs More Clarity in Next Round
February 7, 2022
CBF and 26 other water quality groups today filed comments supporting the Biden administration’s proposal to effectively repeal its predecessor’s dangerously narrow wetlands rule and temporarily replace it with an updated version of the stronger rule in use before 2015.
Virginia Tree Cover Could Grow Under Legislation
February 4, 2022
Legislation in the Virginia General Assembly would broaden the authority of localities across Virginia to increase their tree canopies. Current law allows local tree programs to help replace or preserve some of the trees that would otherwise be lost to development, but only in some parts of the Commonwealth.
CBF Moves to Intervene to Uphold Air Board Decision in Mountain Valley Pipeline Lawsuit
February 1, 2022
In support of a recent decision by the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board to deny the air permit for the proposed Lambert Compressor Station, CBF has filed a motion to intervene in a Mountain Valley Pipeline lawsuit pending in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
CBF Supports EPA: 'No Confidence' in Conowingo WIP
January 31, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) supports EPA’s decision that the agency has “no confidence” in the current plan to offset pollution from the Conowingo Dam. While the subject has been discussed for the last several years, to date the Bay jurisdictions have failed to develop a plan that would pay for those offsets.
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