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After six years and unwavering efforts by CBF, Congress passed a new "Farm Bill" February 4, 2014, that invests in sustainable family farms and provides them with the tools and resources they need to protect our legacy: clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. CBF's ongoing advocacy, restoration, education, and outreach efforts built the community awareness and support our senators and representatives needed to create and pass this Bay-friendly bill.
After CBF intervened in a suit by the American Farm Bureau to throw out EPA’s established pollution limits, a federal judge issued a landmark ruling upholding the Bay clean-up efforts and affirming that EPA, working with the states, has the authority to set science-based pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.
Sometimes the best offense is a strong defense. During the 2014 Maryland legislative session, CBF adapted this philosophy, sustaining the substantial progress we have achieved over the past few years. Initiatives in our clean water efforts included most notably, standing strong on reducing polluted runoff through the defense of the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, moving oyster restoration efforts forward, protecting land preservation easements while allowing renewable energy to flourish, and advancing phosphorus pollution efforts. READ MORE
An active Virginia legislative session saw the defense of the stormwater runoff management program, the passage of landmark legislation responsibly managing the Atlantic menhaden, and funding for agricultural technical assistance and conservation cost-share practices. read more
Pennsylvania lawmakers almost unanimously approved a bill that enables local governments to establish stormwater fees or other funding mechanisms which are urgently needed to help cash-strapped communities improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure, including projects that prevent local flooding and property damage. read more
Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a CBF-backed measure to increase protection of the Bay’s Atlantic menhaden population, bringing the Commonwealth of Virginia into compliance with a coast-wide menhaden conservation plan. Read More
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What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences. Learn more
They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges. Learn More
To Come Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back.
To Come Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint?
To Come Water quality impacts both marine life and human life. What health issues do we all face and what can we do about them?
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Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.