Court of Appeals Vacates Maryland’s Conowingo Dam License, Offering New Chance for Chesapeake Bay Protections
December 20, 2022
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., vacated the license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Conowingo Dam.
CBF Applauds DEP Grants to Countywide Action Plans to Help Clean Up Local Waters
December 19, 2022
Harry Campbell, Science Policy and Advocacy Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania, applauded the announcement that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was awarding $12.2 million to help counties reduce polluted runoff and improve local water quality.
Virginia Gov. Youngkin Proposes New Funding for Clean Water Programs
December 15, 2022
Today Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin proposed budget amendments that would be applied to Virginia’s biennial budget approved last June.
CBF Issues Statement On Green 2.0 Report Card
December 13, 2022
Today, Green 2.0 released new diversity and inclusion data from environmental NGOs and foundations.
CBF Applauds National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants to Improve Pennsylvania’s Water Quality
December 12, 2022
Across the Bay watershed, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded 104 grants totaling $33.8 million that will leverage more than $30 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of more than $64 million.
1,000-Acre Fones Cliffs Property Goes to the Conservation Fund
December 9, 2022
After a years-long push to preserve an ecologically outstanding stretch of Virginia’s Rappahannock River from development, a 1,000-acre parcel along Fones Cliffs has been acquired by The Conservation Fund.
Air Board Approves Plan to Withdraw Virginia From RGGI
December 7, 2022
The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board today approved a proposal to begin a long-term regulatory process that could end Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
VMRC Rejects New Menhaden Fishery Limits
December 6, 2022
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) today failed to approve proposed regulations on Virginia’s menhaden purse seine fisheries, opting instead to propose a memorandum of understanding between the menhaden harvesting industry and Commission.
CBF Calls on MDE to Deny Hurlock Spray Irrigation Permit
December 1, 2022
CBF scientists are concerned a groundwater discharge permit renewal that would enable the Town of Hurlock’s wastewater treatment plant to continue spraying 725,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day onto farm fields puts water quality and wildlife at risk.
Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin, Champion for Clean Water and Environmental Justice, Passes
November 29, 2022
U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, who represented Virginia’s fourth Congressional district including parts of Richmond and Central and Southside Virginia, passed away Nov. 28.
CBF Issues Statement On EPA Analysis of PA WIP
November 22, 2022
On Monday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Pennsylvania’s final Watershed Implementation Plan did not demonstrate how the Commonwealth would meet its Bay Restoration goals for nitrogen and sediment pollution reduction.
CBF Statement on 2022 Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Survey Results
November 17, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is encouraged by new survey results released Wednesday by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominon University that found the area of low dissolved oxygen in the Bay was better than average for 2022.
CBF Statement on Updated Lakeside at Trappe Discharge Permit
October 28, 2022
On Thursday, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released a final determination on a new discharge permit for the Lakeside at Trappe development on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Chesapeake Bay Juvenile Striped Bass Numbers Remain below Average in Maryland
October 20, 2022
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the results of annual surveys of the juvenile striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay.
CBF Welcomes Aquacon’s Decision to Withdraw Discharge Permit Request for Salmon Factory
October 14, 2022
Today, the Norwegian company AquaCon announced it is withdrawing its request for a discharge permit for a proposed fish factory in Federalsburg, Maryland.
CBF Urges Chesapeake Executive Council to Recommit to Bay Cleanup Effort
October 11, 2022
The Chesapeake Executive Council (EC), which manages Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, met today.
CBF Statement on Town of Federalsburg’s Request That MDE Deny Fish Factory Discharge Permit
October 4, 2022
On Monday night, Federalsburg’s Mayor and Town Council approved and signed a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment asking the agency to deny a discharge permit for AquaCon’s proposed fish factory in the Eastern Shore town.
Judge Extends Halt to Abingdon Woods Tree Clearing
September 30, 2022
Today, a Harford County Circuit Court judge granted CBF's request for an injunction to stop Abingdon Woods tree clearing for a proposed warehouse project while CBF pursues its lawsuit against the project for potentially violating the state’s Forest Conservation Act.
Virginia Announces $13.6 Million in Flood Preparedness Grants Paid for by RGGI
September 29, 2022
Yesterday the Youngkin Administration announced it has awarded $13.6 million in flood preparedness grants to 27 projects across Virginia using funding generated by Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Judge Halts Abingdon Woods Deforestation after CBF Files Second Injunction Request
September 16, 2022
A Harford Circuit Court judge today granted CBF’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt the ongoing tree clearing at Abingdon Woods for a proposed warehouse project.
Portsmouth Toxic Site's Cleanup Plan Needs Public Input
September 15, 2022
Following decades of threats to Portsmouth residents from toxic and radioactive waste at the Peck Iron and Metal site, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking input from Hampton Roads residents on a new cleanup plan for the site.
CBF Issues Statement On New Bay Water Quality Assessment
September 14, 2022
Overall water quality in the Chesapeake Bay declined slightly between 2018-2020, according to the most recent assessment. Following the announcement, Beth McGee, director of science and agricultural policy for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement.
Endangered James Spinymussel Reintroduced to the James River
September 7, 2022
After more than 50 years of going missing in its home river, the endangered James Spinymussel is being returned to the James River thanks to efforts by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other partners.
Landmark Maryland Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of CBF Ensures Forest Conservation Plans Can Be Legally Challenged
August 26, 2022
The ruling that will help ensure developers follow state law when proposing to clear forested tracts for construction projects.
Tax Credit Program Allows Pennsylvania Farmers To Reap Benefits of Installing Pollution Measures
August 25, 2022
A statewide program is offering $13 million in tax credits to help Pennsylvania farmers reap the benefits of installing conservation practices that improve long-term viability, keep valuable soil on the land, and reduce pollution flowing into local rivers and streams.
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