Eastern Shore Poultry Sludge Tank Failure Demonstrates High Risk of Storing Polluting Substances
March 15, 2023
CBF is calling on Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to conduct a rigorous investigation into why a massive above-ground storage tank filled with processed poultry sludge failed earlier this month, causing more than 30,000 gallons of pollutant-laden waste to spill into nearby wetlands.
Environmental Organizations File Lawsuits Against Flawed Maryland Industrial Stormwater Permit
December 19, 2022
As a result of major flaws in the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) final Industrial Stormwater General Permit, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Blue Water Baltimore and Gunpowder Riverkeeper, as well as the Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Waterkeepers Chesapeake on Friday filed three separate suits against MDE in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
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.
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 Declares More Waterways Damaged by Harmful Algal Blooms
August 11, 2022
Harmful algal blooms that threaten the health of people and pets who spend time on the water led Virginia to add Lake Anna and six other bodies of water to its list of impaired waterways in a recent draft report.
To Unpave Paradise, Pull Up a Parking Lot
July 15, 2022
CBF and Branch's Baptist Church look to nature to solve environmental, health, and economic problems in Richmond.
Virginia Beach Continues Plastic Bag Fee Consideration
July 6, 2022
Committing to take a closer look at litter issues, last night the Virginia Beach City Council deferred voting on the implementation of a 5-cent fee for each plastic bag used by retailers in the city.
Let's Clean Up and Protect Western Pennsylvania's Waterways
June 29, 2022
We fouled our precious waterways, now it is time to clean them up. Over one-third of Pennsylvania's waters are impaired and western Pennsylvania's streams are no exception.
Funding Crucial for the Future of Clean Water in Pennsylvania
May 20, 2022
The commonwealth's legislature has a once in a lifetime opportunity to act on its clean water commitment by passing the proposed spending budget and legislation to provide investments for critical financial and technical resources to farmers and communities for clean water.
BWB and CBF Take Action Against Short-Sighted Stormwater Permits
December 6, 2021
Blue Water Baltimore, partnering with CBF, today filed a petition for judicial review of to the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits recently issued for Baltimore City and County.
CBF Raises Concerns over New MDE Permits
November 5, 2021
CBF raised serious concerns about municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits that the Maryland Department of the Environment issued today for Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Montgomery Counties.
Fredericksburg to Prevent Litter With Plastic Bag Fee
September 29, 2021
The Fredericksburg City Council has approved an ordinance to prevent litter through a 5-cent fee on disposable plastic bags provided at grocery stores, convenience stores, and drugstores.
Cuidando los Ríos
July 19, 2021
Efraín Carcamo y sus tres hijos cruzan rocas en la orilla del río James en Richmond, buscando basura que la corriente dejó entre piedras y ramas.
July 19, 2021
Efrain Carcamo passes on his love of nature to his three children as they hunt for litter lodged by the current among rocks and branches along the James River in Richmond, VA.
CBF Urges Municipalities to Use Some Pandemic Recovery Funds to Invest in Local Waters
July 14, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Shannon Gority, encouraging municipalities within the Commonwealth’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that will receive a portion of a total of $170 million of American Rescue Plan funding, to invest some of it in projects that will clean up and protect water quality in their local communities.
How to Get Pennsylvania Farmers to Save the Chesapeake Bay
July 13, 2021
Environmentalists believe reducing runoff from Pennsylvania farms is key to restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
On National Soil Health Day, CBF Highlights Importance to Clean Water
June 23, 2021
As a member of the Virginia Soil Health Coalition, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation supports soil management for its ability to reduce polluted runoff from agriculture and trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Clean the Bay Day Prevents 52,306 Pounds of Litter to Virginia Waterways in 2021
June 11, 2021
More than 2,000 volunteers across Virginia picked up 52,306 pounds of litter as part of Clean the Bay Day in 2021, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) annual longstanding litter cleanup.
Life in a Rain Garden
June 11, 2021
For us, it's water infrastructure. For birds and insects, it's home.
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.
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.
On Poultry Pollution, Virginia Misses Opportunity
December 9, 2020
Today, Virginia’s State Water Control Board approved the 10-year general permit for managing waste from poultry farming operations in Virginia.
CBF Issues Statement on 2019 Declines in Bay Grasses
July 8, 2020
The 2019 Bay grasses assessment released by the Chesapeake Bay Program today found a 38 percent decline in grasses between 2018-19.
From Rooftops to Rivers: Solving Stormwater Woes With Local Solutions
May 4, 2020
You may not realize it, but the water we drink, shower and bathe with, as well as recreate in, was once stormwater.
Better Buffers? There’s an App for That
April 4, 2020
CBF’s new mobile tool puts water-quality decisions in farmers’ hands.
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