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We're immensely grateful to those legislators who stood up for protecting Virginia's waterways during the General Assembly session. Join us in saying 'thank you.'

Join us and commit to doing your part and standing with CBF to support the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

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FEATURED ACTIONS

#MyBayBlueprintCreate Your Own Bay Blueprint

Students—join our student action campaign! Make your own action blueprint and earn action certificates and prizes.  Create Your Blueprint

Fun in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park, Md. Copyright Karine Aigner/iLCPShare Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know. Share Your Story

What is your Bay footprint? Use our nitrogen calculator to find out.What's Your Bay Footprint?

How much nitrogen do you contribute to the Bay? Use our nitrogen calculator to find out and get tips to reduce your footprint. TRY THE CALCULATOR

Photo credits: (from top) Michael Roane, © Justin Black/iLCP

RECENT VICTORIES

Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS Maryland

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

Funding Conservation That Counts

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.

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A clean stream runs through a farm after conservation measures were enacted. Photo by CBF Staff

FEDERAL COURT

American Farm Bureau et al v. EPA

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.

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A blue heron snags an evening snack. Photo by Kevin Moore

MARYLAND

Defending Clean Water Progress

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

Little girl with fishing net. Photo by Bev Jackson

VIRGINIA

Ensuring Funding for Clean Water

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

In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the Susquehanna River reached 42 feet, a record crest, following heavy storms in June 2006. Photo by CBF

PENNSYLVANIA

Providing Protection from Floods

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

An osprey makes of with his catch - a menhaden. iStock

FISHERIES

Saving the Most Important Fish in the Sea

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

Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, Kevin Moore, Bev Nichols, CBF, iStock

View more from more that five decades defending the Bay

HOT ISSUES

Algal bloom encroaching on a waterfront home. Photo by Andrea Moran/CBF Staff Pollution

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

MenhadenForage Fish

To Come   They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges.

Oyster reef ball and fish. Photo c Michael EversmierHabitat

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. 

A northern puffer fish, picked out of crab nets, expands just before it is released back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Tangier Sound, Maryland. Photo by Karine Aigner/iLCPMaking Progress

To Come    Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint? 

Lesions on a smallmouth bass. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission/C. Yamashita  Health

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?

Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, CBF Staff, ©Michael Eversmier, ©Karine Aigner/iLCP, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission/C. Yamashita 

Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.

 
 

 

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