Bay Bound E-Newsletter from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
April/May 2012 Bay Bound
CBF's bi-monthly e-newsletter

VA State House.
The good, the bad, and the ugly...
CBF's Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings gives us a run down on the Virginia Legislative Session, which just ended, and what it means for Bay restoration. Plus, read other updates on our local efforts in Hampton Roads.   

A crowd rallies for clean water!
Defend Your Rights!  
In yet another attack on Chesapeake restoration and the Bay pollution limits, Congressman Goodlatte proposes a new bill that would rewrite the Clean Water Act for all six Bay states and D.C., thereby taking away basic clean water protections for the 17 million of us who live in the Bay watershed...Yup, you read that right! 

The sun sets behind a Chesapeake marsh.
Signs of Spring on the Islands
Down on the islands of the Chesapeake, the rites of the season go far beyond cherry blossoms and warm breezes. The communities that live on the shores of the Bay and our educators that teach on its waters look to spring for signs of how the year will progress. Our island correspondent Adam Wickline is here once again to tell us about the seasons on the islands. 

Round Two for the Most Important Fish in the Sea
With your help, our work continues for an important fish critical to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic ecosystems. 

Two girls plant a sapling tree on Earth Day. Photo by Nikki Davis
All About Earth Day!
"Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality, and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures." That's what U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson said when he launched the very first Earth Day back in the spring of 1970. But what's this day all about anyway, and what's CBF doing this year to celebrate it? Read on...

Teachers examine a water test on a Chesapeake Classroom experience.
Sign Up for Summer Teacher Training with CBF 
Summer is the perfect time for teachers to learn outside while they earn recertification credits AND gather interdisciplinary lesson plans for the classroom. Sign up for a Chesapeake Classrooms five-day course to discover a new world of fun along your local river or on an island in the heart of the Chesapeake. 

  You're Invited

Watershed Walk with CBF 
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Richmond, VA

Blue Ridge Oyster Festival 
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Nelson County, VA

Richmond Earth Day Festival
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Location: Richmond, VA

Lafayette RIVERFest 
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Norfolk, VA

24th Annual Clean the Bay Day 
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012 
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Location: Across Virginia

For a full listing of upcoming events and restoration projects check our Online Calendar.

Support CBF

Blue Heron taking off from the water.Celebrate Earth Day Year Round
Earth Day comes just once a year, but the Bay needs your help every day. Join our Chesapeake Guardians today to have your donation charged to your credit card automatically each month. It's the greenest way to give! 

Bay Bytes
“Being out on the water with my children, I see how much enjoyment and inspiration the Bay gives them," says CBF Volunteer Jonathan Kagan. "It is vital that we preserve this natural treasure for generations to come.” Read on for Kagan's story and how he got involved with our annual signature event, Bands in the Sand...
Clouds reflect in a low-land stream
What's Your Vision of the Bay?
One of our all-time favorite Bay activities is photographing it. We're sure that's true for you, too. That's why you should submit your photos of the Bay, your backyard river, or stream to our annual CBF Photo Contest! But hurry, the submission deadline is fast approaching on April 13. (Don't worry, if you miss it, you can always submit to our digital Photo of the Week Contest!) Above photo by CBF's Third-place 2011 Photo Contest Winner Graham Slaughter.
Virginia Wesleyan College students spend their Spring Break restoring the Bay.    
Spring Break Bay Savers
Instead of gallivanting on tropical beaches, these dedicated Virginia Wesleyan College students chose to spend their Spring Break restoring the Bay!


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Bay Bound photo credits: 
(Left, from top) CBF Staff; Alice Christman/CBF Staff; Patricia Soule; Courtesy Bill Goldsborough/CBF Staff; Nikki Davis; Allyson Ladley Gibson/CBF Staff.
(Right, from top) Roane Michael; Courtesy Jonathan Kagan/CBF Member; Graham Slaughter; Andrea Moran/CBF Staff. All Rights Reserved. 

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