Hampton Roads, Virginia

Participants on a CBF education program wave from the education boat, Bea Hayman Clark. Photo by CBF Staff
CBF's lively on-the-water interactive education programs impact thousands of students and teachers each year. Photo by CBF Staff

About CBF's Hampton Roads Office

You don't have to travel far in Hampton Roads before you see water. The region is home to several rivers and numerous creeks which have shaped one of the largest natural harbors in the world. CBF has been active in this region since launching an education program in 1983. CBF's first Hampton Roads office opened in 1985 and environmental restoration and protection efforts began in 1990.

Working with other environmental organizations, federal grants, state and municipal partners plus hundreds of dedicated volunteers, CBF's Hampton Roads staff works diligently to improve the health of numerous waterways from the Middle Peninsula to Virginia Beach including: the York, Piankatank, James, Lafayette, Nansemond and Lynnhaven rivers. Currently we also have a specific focus on Norfolk's Lafayette River, in partnership with the Elizabeth River Project,  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and many other community partners.

Although the annual Clean the Bay Day litter removal event is one of the most well-known project, office and field staff are also busy year 'round with oyster restoration, education programs, volunteer training, pollution prevention,  underwater grasses, fisheries advocacy, communications and organizational support. Like CBF's other offices, our work is centered around ensuring that Virginia meets its pollution reduction goals by 2025, through the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Stormwater runoff presents the biggest challenge to that effort in this highly developed urban/suburban region.

Virginia capital building, Richmond. Photo by Chuck Epes/CBF StaffPhoto by Chuck Epes/CBF Staff

2016 Virginia General Assembly Wrap-Up

Virginia's 2016 General Assembly came through with vital support for programs that help restore the Commonwealth's rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to the leadership of Virginia's legislators and Governor Terry McAuliffe, the session that ended in mid-March provided extremely strong funding for clean water.

CBF stayed involved throughout this year's General Assembly. Our Virginia lobby team worked closely with legislators and stakeholders. CBF volunteers discussed the issues with their representatives at our annual lobby day in Richmond. And hundreds of our members sent e-mails and letters to Virginia delegates and senators about key funding and policy decisions. All of these efforts helped make a difference during a great General Assembly session. Through the actions outlined below, Virginia is now one step closer to meeting its Clean Water Blueprint goals.

Curbing Urban and Suburban Runoff

Addressing pollution in urban and suburban areas poses a big challenge as rainfall runs off streets, homes, and parking lots, washing contaminants into waterways. This year, legislators provided $20 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which gives matching grants to localities for projects that reduce polluted runoff.

Find out more about the importance of curbing urban and suburban runoff.

Farm Practices

Farm conservation practices like fencing cattle out of streams and planting riparian buffers are the most cost-efficient actions to restore the Bay and local streams. This year legislators, agreeing with the Governor's proposed budget, provided $61.7 million for agricultural best management practices in fiscal year 2017, the highest funding level for one year ever provided in Virginia for the program.

Find out more about effective farm conservation practices and agriculture's connection to the Bay and local streams.

Sewage Plant Upgrades

Wastewater treatment plant upgrades are a Virginia success story. Advanced nutrient removal technology in many plants is already reducing the flow of pollution to rivers and the Bay, but the modernization process is not yet complete. Virginia's legislators provided $59 million for the next round of plant upgrades, matching Governor McAuliffe's proposed budget.

Oyster Restoration and Replenishment

Oysters continue to make a remarkable comeback in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. This iconic shellfish filters water and provides vital habitat for other Bay species. This year the General Assembly provided $4 million for oyster replenishment, which boosts the oyster harvest for Virginia watermen.

Learn more about the state of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Other Clean Water Wins

CBF also applauds Virginia's legislators for several policy actions that are a real win for clean water. That includes streamlining Virginia's stormwater and erosion control rules to better protect streams and other waterways. The General Assembly also expanded nutrient trading opportunities to assist localities, farmers, and others in meeting the goals of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Menhaden Management

Menhaden, often called "the most important fish in the sea" are both filter feeders and a primary food source for striped bass, bluefish, sharks, ospreys, brown pelicans, and dolphin. The menhaden fishery is also very important economically to the Commonwealth, supporting hundreds of jobs.

This legislative session, our lawmakers wisely repealed a sunset provision that would have ended the Chesapeake Bay harvest cap on menhaden, an indispensable step. However, we are disappointed that legislators rejected legislation that would have transferred menhaden fishery management from the General Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the agency that manages all of the other fisheries in the Commonwealth.

Find out more about the importance of menhaden to the life of the Chesapeake.

We thank the General Assembly for its constructive work this legislative session and are hopeful for Governor McAuliffe's quick approval of this legislation. It's clear that Virginia's leaders recognize the value of clean and healthy waterways in our communities.

Screen capture: Wind energy dashboardThis is a screen capture of the Brock Center's new Living Building Challenge Dashboard.

CBF Starts Clock to Meet Living Building Challenge

The Brock Environmental Center's Living Building Challenge Dashboard is a real-time, online gauge of the building's energy and water use and energy generation. The dashboard will monitor the Center for a full year. The aim is to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, a rare, demanding designation of environmental sustainability achieved by only a handful of buildings around the world. To achieve the rating from the International Living Future Institute, the center must operate a full year using net zero energy and net zero water.

A Saved Bay = A Better Economy for Virginia worth $8.3 Billion per year

Report Identifies Natural Benefits of Restored Bay

A first-ever peer-reviewed analysis released by CBF finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Bay, is fully implemented.

Bay Restoration: From Creeks to the Courtroom

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaking at CBF's Blue Planet Forum, August 29, 2014.  Photo by Chuck ThomasEloquently and forcefully defending Virginia's right to partner with other states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a Blue Planet Forum crowd of 200 people on August 29, 2014 that a restored Bay is in the Commonwealth's best environmental, cultural, and economic interests.

Image of blue crabs and June 2014 milestone reports. Blue crab photo by Kristi Carroll/CBF StaffBlue crabs photo by Kristi Carroll/CBF Staff

Milestone Analysis: Pollution Reduced, Agriculture and Urban Runoff Reductions Falling Short

Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Milestones, two-year commitments made by the Bay states and District of Columbia to reduce pollution, are a key part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. An analysis of the 2012-2013 Milestones showed that Virginia met its overall pollution reduction goals for 2013, however, efforts need to accelerate in order to meet 2017 goals. Find Out More    Read the press release

Young girl explores a creek. Photo by Jennifer MacNeill Traylor

Photo by Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Huge Majority of Virginians Back Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

More than 90 percent of Virginia voters support the Commonwealth's plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay and want the next governor to move forward on implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state plan to restore the Bay, according to new bipartisan polling.

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Teachers sift through underwater grasses. Photo by CBF StaffTeachers sift through underwater grasses on a recent professional development trip. Photo by CBF Staff

Virginia Beach, CBF Partner for Environmental Literacy

Through a unique public/private partnership, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system has a new systemic environmental literacy program with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) that could be a model for school systems across the Bay region and the country. The program includes public, private, and non-profit partners. It provides hands-on Chesapeake Bay field experiences and classroom activities for all 11,500 sixth-grade students, as well as professional development for more than 50 middle and high school biology and oceanography teachers.

During the 2012 summer season, CBF worked with three different groups of teachers and administrators from Virginia Beach Public Schools to get them outside, experiencing the environment so they feel comfortable using it as their classroom. The Lynnhaven River is the backyard for many Virginia Beach residents, yet many don't know the major issues surrounding its poor water quality. These professional development courses not only introduce basic environmental concepts but also show teachers how the material naturally pairs with the Virginia Standards of Learning…and can be fun!

Any class is encouraged to join CBF on the water for field experiences with their students. The systemic environmental literacy program is designed to integrate environmental concepts with a multi-disciplinary approach so that all students find out more about taking action to save the Bay.

The partnership is funded by a $120,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office, a $55,000 commitment from CSX Transportation, and a $12,700 grant from the Junior Virginia Beach Garden Club. Other partners are the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Lynnhaven River NOW, First Landing State Park, the Elizabeth River Project, and Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia.

CBF's Hampton Roads Office

The Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23455

Phone: 757-622-1964
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M-F

Christy Everett, Director, CBF Hampton Roads Office
Christy Everett
Hampton Roads Director


Eastern Shore VA Outreach
Tatum Ford
Phone: 757-971-0366
E-mail: tford@cbf.org


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04.30.16 - Chesapeake Bay underwater grasses expand to highest level in 3 decades, survey says

04.23.16 - Agriculture and wastewater leading Bay cleanup

04.22.16 - Gov. McAuliffe celebrates National Environmental Education Week with Virginia Beach middle-schoolers

04.21.16 - Earth Day and every day, Brock Center soars past expectations

04.21.16 - Virginia Natural Gas awards $30,000 to environmental groups

04.20.16 - McAuliffe to tour Brock Environmental Center Thursday

04.19.16 - New data show Chesapeake Bay pollutants dropping

04.19.16 - Eb tide for Bay pollution

04.18.16 - Critter cams get you up close and personal

04.18.16 - Eastern York students learn hands-on in canoes

04.18.16 - 4 environmental groups urge IRRC to approve DEP drilling regs Thursday

04.18.16 - Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort driving down pollution levels

04.18.16 - Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort driving down pollution levels

04.12.16 - City group to host talk ahead of Earth Day

04.12.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Issues Statement on Blue Crab Population

04.07.16 - Volunteers sought for 'Clean the Bay Day'

04.06.16 - Register for Clean the Bay Day

04.05.16 - The ospreys are back in Northern Neck

04.04.16 - Newest 'Living Building' in the World Uses Its Own Energy and Water, Generates No Waste

04.04.16 - One of the world's greenest buildings 14 feet above sea level prepares for climate change

04.01.16 - Virginia's Coastline Hosts the Newest 'Living Building' in the World

03.31.16 - Virginia lawmakers OK millions for farm BMPs, sewage plants

03.31.16 - Volunteers being sought for Clean the Bay Day

03.30.16 - Volunteers sought for 'Clean the Bay Day'

03.30.16 - Volunteers needed for 28th annual Clean the Bay Day

03.30.16 - Volunteers needed for annual Clean the Bay Day

03.30.16 - CBF Press Release Volunteers Urged to Register for 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day

03.26.16 - Still a long way to go in cleaning up Virginia's waters

03.25.16 - Chesterfield residents speak on budget issues during public hearings

03.24.16 - Spread the word about fertilizers

03.24.16 - Audio available Scholarships Available for "Teachers on the Bay" Class

03.23.16 - Most residents at Chesterfield board meeting show support for stormwater fee

03.22.16 - This evening, save water by drinking beer

03.19.16 - Chesterfield to consider stormwater utility; cost to homes would be $24 annually

03.16.16 - Federal offshore drilling plan takes Atlantic off the map

03.12.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on President Obama's Offshore Drilling Decision

03.12.16 - Pleasure House Point really taking off in Virginia Beach

03.12.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on General Assembly Support for Clean Water Programs

03.04.16 - Environmentalists fight proposal to fill Stumpy Lake wetlands for development...again

02.28.16 - Assembly weighs funding to improve the Bay

02.22.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on Budget Bills Released by Virginia's House and Senate

02.21.16 - Approve funding to keep Virginia waters clean

02.13.16 - Restoring Virginia's waterways depends on support this GA session

02.11.16 - Restoring the Chesapeake Bay is an on-going, important process

02.09.16 - Video Can natural infrastructure help protect Hampton Roads from flooding?

02.09.16 - Video Local leaders to meet, discuss rising sea levels

02.02.16 - MD, VA lawmakers grapple with Bay-related issues

01.30.16 - Conservation and clean water highly supported by Virginians

01.29.16 - Chesterfield confronts cost of addressing storm water runoff

01.29.16 - Crabbers find pots of money in abandoned fishing gear

01.26.16 - Harry Lester elected chair of Chesapeake Bay Foundation board

01.26.16 - U.S. Green Building Council releases its annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

01.23.16 - Menhaden discussion likely not going away anytime soon

01.16.16 - Clearer water reported in Bay

01.07.16 - Little fish tops big list of local environmental issues facing Virginia lawmakers

01.07.16 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports improved water quality in Suffolk

01.07.16 - Governor's budget would help the bay, farmers

01.04.16 - Little fish, big issues

12.31.15 - Street sweeping illustrates nitty-gritty of Chesapeake Bay cleanup program

12.29.15 - How resilience will shape the future of building design

12.27.15 - Conservation groups and legislators look to change menhaden regulations

12.24.15 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation honors local lawmakers

12.22.15 - Farmers being given opportunity to gain grazing insight

12.21.15 - Hanger wins legislator of the year award

12.20.15 - The saboteurs of the Chesapeake

12.16.15 - Volunteers sought to grow, restore Chesapeake Bay grasses

12.09.15 - Farmers being given opportunity to gain grazing insight

12.09.15 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on Gov. McAuliffe's Support for Funding Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

12.05.15 - Destruction of Fones Cliffs is shocking

12.03.15 - Sportsmen and women play vital roles in conservation

12.01.15 - A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

12.01.15 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation announces new Virginia executive director

11.29.15 - The Chesapeake Bay is looking strangely clear. But why?

11.26.15 - Raising awareness: Newly elected members have goals for conservation group

11.23.15 - Recycling program aims to repurpose Virginia oyster shells

11.15.15 - In blow to conservationists, county approves Fones Cliffs development

11.13.15 - Bay foundation fighting for menhaden

11.13.15 - Fones Cliffs rezoning approved

11.12.15 - Luxury resort gets OK for Virginia eagle site; opponents say fight goes on

11.12.15 - CBF Press Statement CBF Issues Statement on Decision to Rezone Fones Cliffs

11.04.15 - Virginia joins in coalition to defend EPA's Clean Power Plan

11.04.15 - Maryland, Virginia support EPA's fight against Clean Power Plan overturn

11.02.15 - Virginia Beach couple to be honored for philanthropy at New York dinner

10.21.15 - Preserve, don't develop, Fones Cliffs

10.16.15 - Interfaith summit seeks spiritual activism

10.15.15 - James River healthier than in decades, report says

10.10.15 - Richmond County delays vote on Fones Cliffs development

10.07.15 - Audio available Commercial Development Plans Threatens Bald Eagle Haven Along Rappahannock River

10.07.15 - Officials face Fones Cliffs question: Development or preservation?

10.04.15 - CBF's Brock Center gives 'green' new meaning

09.27.15 - VIMS study shows blue crabs tolerate low oxygen better than previously thought

09.25.15 - Conservationists seek to protect cliffs overlooking Rappahannock

09.25.15 - Elizabeth River Project targets Eastern Branch in clean-up efforts

09.21.15 - CBF Press Release Farm Bureau Prepares to Ask Supreme Court to Throw Out the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint

09.20.15 - Wading in, as an act of faith

09.20.15 - Editorial: True conservatives support environmental protection

09.18.15 - Saturday festival celebrates Va. Beach environment

09.13.15 - For Chesapeake Bay Foundation manager, the oyster is her world

09.13.15 - Chesapeake school principals bring home lessons from Tangier Island

09.03.15 - Stafford wastewater system has leaked 1.5 million gallons of sewage in past year

09.01.15 - Exploring the Chickahominy River

08.10.15 - The power of motivation and collaboration in rural communities

08.09.15 - Bay Foundation won't appeal lawsuit regarding stream exclusion

08.08.15 - Virginia agriculture, farmers plow ahead for the Bay

08.08.15 - Crabby governors duel over Chesapeake delicacy

07.30.15 - CBF Press Release Brock Environmental Center Earns Top Green Building Stamp

07.27.15 - Jordan's Branch shows that small streams can be beautiful, bothersome

07.15.15 - Charlottesville teacher sole Virginia representative of environmental education workshop

07.14.15 - Richmond court dismisses suit involving cow dung in streams

07.14.15 - CBF Press Statement CBF Issues Statement on Court Decision Not to Require Fencing Cattle out of Streams for Largest Animal Operations

07.14.15 - CBF Press Release Bay Milestone Assessment Finds Virginia Falling Short on Key Practices

07.13.15 - Corps begin rebuilding Great Wicomico sanctuary reef

07.09.15 - Lawsuit challenges cattle practices in effort to save Chesapeake Bay

07.07.15 - Arlington: On a Mission to Improve Water Quality

07.07.15 - Court upholds Chesapeake Bay cleanup program

07.06.15 - Court upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup authority

07.02.15 - The EPA helps to restore the Bay

07.02.15 - Case explores whether cows "apply" their waste to streams

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