2014 Press Releases

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April 22, 2014

CBF Issues a Statement on New Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of the Blueprint

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the filing of two amicus briefs supporting EPA's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and state implementation plans, together known at the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. One brief was filed late yesterday by the cities of New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The second was filed last week by Florida conservation groups the Florida Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

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February 4, 2014

CBF Issues a Statement on Passage of the Farm Bill

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Policy Director Alix Murdoch issued this statement following passage of the Farm Bill in the Senate.

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February 4, 2014

CBF Issues Statement on New Efforts to Derail Bay Clean Up

Yesterday afternoon Attorneys General from 21 states filed an amicus brief in an effort to derail the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. "We say to Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Alaska, and the other 17 states, don't tell us how to restore clean water in our backyard."

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January 31, 2014

CBF to Conowingo Regulator: New License Must Require Dam Owner to Address Sediment Build-Up, Improve Fish Passage

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today insisted in formal comments that any new license for the operation of the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River require the dam’s owner to reduce the risk of sediment and nutrient pollution releases, and to improve passage for migratory fish.

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January 29, 2014

House Passes New Farm Bill—Good News for the Bay

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement regarding a new federal Farm Bill, which was passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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January 29, 2014

New Bay Agreement Holds Parties Accountable to Blueprint but Must Address Toxic Contamination

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement regarding a proposed new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which was released today for public comment by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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January 20, 2014

New Report Assesses the Damage Caused by Urban/Suburban Runoff, Calls for Action

With the challenge of reducing urban and suburban runoff at the forefront of discussions at all levels of government, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today released a new report: Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health. The purpose of this report is to shed light on the problem, debunk myths around the costs of solutions, and call for actions to be taken that will reduce the damage of polluted runoff.

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April 21, 2014

CBF Issues Statement Following Release of Bay Grass Numbers

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Water Quality Scientist Beth McGee issued this statement following the Chesapeake Bay Program's annual release of bay grass acreage.

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April 14, 2014

Shore Groups Launch Campaign to Educate Local Candidates, Public

(EASTON, MD)—A partnership of 12 Eastern Shore and regional conservation groups today launched a campaign to educate candidates for local offices, as well as their constitutents, about necessary steps toward clean water on the Shore.

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April 10, 2014

CBF Celebrates 35 Years Educating Students from Work Boat in Inner Harbor

(BALTIMORE, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is celebrating its 35th year using the Inner Harbor as a classroom, teaching environmental education to students from the deck of the authentic Chesapeake workboat Snow Goose.

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March 19, 2014

They Are Coming: Osprey Are on the Move from South America

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The annual migration of osprey from their wintering grounds in South America is now underway, and you can track the movements of three Chesapeake Bay osprey at cbf.org/ospreymap.

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March 7, 2014

CBF: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Deserves Thanks for Protecting Chesapeake Clean-up Funds

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued a statement following a vote today by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee not to cut $10 million next year from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.

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February 13, 2014

CBF: Governor's Efforts Helpful in Latest Attack on Plan to Clean Up the Chesapeake

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today in response to Governor Martin O'Malley's request that Maryland join a legal fight against 21 states attempting to overturn the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Governor O'Malley requested on Feb. 12 that the Attorney General submit an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's and CBF's defense of the Blueprint. Governor O'Malley also has promised to enlist other Bay states to file amicus briefs.

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January 31, 2014

CBF to Conowingo Regulator: New License Must Require Dam Owner to Address Sediment Build-Up, Improve Fish Passage

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today insisted in formal comments that any new license for the operation of the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River require the dam’s owner to reduce the risk of sediment and nutrient pollution releases, and to improve passage for migratory fish.

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January 20, 2014

New Report Assesses the Damage Caused by Urban/Suburban Runoff, Calls for Action

With the challenge of reducing urban and suburban runoff at the forefront of discussions at all levels of government, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today released a new report: Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health. The purpose of this report is to shed light on the problem, debunk myths around the costs of solutions, and call for actions to be taken that will reduce the damage of polluted runoff.

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January 15, 2014

CBF: Governor's Budget Helps Local Governments Reduce Polluted Runoff; Locals Must Hold Up Their End

Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued a statement following Governor O'Malley's budget press conference today.

"We know that to achieve clean water in our local rivers, streams and the Bay, it will take cooperation of all levels of government and the private sector. This budget shows the state is doing its part to reduce local pollution that washes off parking lots and streets in our populated areas. Local governments must continue to do their part."

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January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Clears Way for More Extensive Study of Waters Off Sparrows Point

For many years, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has called for more extensive testing for toxic chemicals in the waters off the former Sparrows Point steel plant near Baltimore. As recently as 2012 CBF and Blue Water Baltimore filed an appeal in the U.S Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA, challenging a ruling by Maryland District Court Judge Frederick Motz, which required only minimal testing. Yesterday, Judge Motz vacated his decision to limit testing, opening the door for a comprehensive offsite investigation.

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February 14, 2014

"Clean Water, Healthy Lands" Workshop Draws Large Crowd in Wysox

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Despite frigid temperatures and a looming snowstorm, 85 farmers, state and federal conservation professionals, and others converged in Wysox, Bradford County to attend "Clean Water, Healthy Lands," a workshop and awards ceremony hosted by the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) restoration staff.

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February 7, 2014

Bay Foundation Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell in response to Governor Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal.

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January 31, 2014

Bay Foundation Receives Growing Greener Grant to Expand Clean Water Efforts

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) celebrates with partners and farmers the award of a $375,000 Growing Greener grant that will enable vital on-farm water quality improvements to continue and to expand in north central Pennsylvania. The grant award, announced just last week by Governor Tom Corbett, is one of 118 Growing Greener grants totaling $20.65 million.

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January 29, 2014

Bay Foundation Testifies Before State House Committee on the Importance of Streamside Forests Toward Clean Water Goals

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) testified before the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee to stress the importance of streamside forested buffers as a means for improving and protecting the Commonwealth's most sensitive and pristine waterways. The Committee met to discuss House Bill 1565, which proposes to remove the existing riparian forest buffer requirement for land developments that require erosion and sedimentation control and post-construction storm water permits when occurring alongside Pennsylvania's scientifically determined "Special Protection Waters."

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January 20, 2014

New Report Assesses the Damage Caused by Urban/Suburban Runoff, Calls for Action

With the challenge of reducing urban and suburban runoff at the forefront of discussions at all levels of government, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today released a new report: Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health. The purpose of this report is to shed light on the problem, debunk myths around the costs of solutions, and call for actions to be taken that will reduce the damage of polluted runoff.

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January 8, 2014

Bay Foundation Hosts Three Workshops for South Central Pennsylvania Municipal Officials and Engineers

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and partners will host a series of workshops in January and February 2014 for municipal officials, employees, and engineers working in Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, and Franklin Counties. The workshops will provide educational and outreach assistance, offer technical support, and explore financial opportunities to help communities pay for improvements to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitting requirements.

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January 8, 2014

Tune In To ABC27-TV Tomorrow at 12:30 Bay Foundation's Stepahnie Eisenbise Will be Guest on "Good Day PA"

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will be a guest on abc27 TV's "Good Day PA" on Thursday, January 9th at 12:30. Stephanie Eisenbise, CBF's Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Manager, will join Amy Kehm, Producer and Host of "Good Day PA" to talk about Pennsylvania clean water efforts and ways we can all help improve local streams and rivers.

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January 7, 2014

Indoor Stream Attracts Wide Audience at 2014 PA Farm Show

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in collaboration with the Stroud Water Research Center has created an indoor stream at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show, and visitors of all ages are drawn to its natural beauty—and to the fish that are calling it home.

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April 10, 2014

CBF Applauds Virginia Attorney General for Supporting Bay Cleanup Plan

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following today's announcement that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Virginia's plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

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April 08, 2014

Bay Foundation, Onancock Begin Work on Runoff Project

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Town of Onancock have begun construction on a project designed to collect and treat runoff water flowing off the town hall parking lot.

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April 07, 2014

Volunteers Sought for 26th Clean the Bay Day

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its partners are now recruiting volunteers for the 26th Clean the Bay Day, CBF's annual shoreline cleanup scheduled this year for Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

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March 18, 2014

CBF 'Living Waters' Report Identifies Opportunities for Collaboration Between Faith, Conservation Communities

Participants at an interfaith "Living Waters" summit of faith, conservation, science, and policy leaders in Richmond last November identified eight areas of potential collaboration to preserve and protect streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, according to a recent report of summit proceedings.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2014

CBF Praises Natural Resource Agency Appointments

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement regarding the appointments of John Bull as Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and Clyde Cristman as Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

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FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Bay Foundation Applauds Appointment of Russ Baxter as Deputy Secretary for Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement regarding Gov. Terry McAuliffe's appointment of Russ Baxter as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay

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January 20, 2014

New Report Assesses the Damage Caused by Urban/Suburban Runoff, Calls for Action

With the challenge of reducing urban and suburban runoff at the forefront of discussions at all levels of government, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today released a new report: Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health. The purpose of this report is to shed light on the problem, debunk myths around the costs of solutions, and call for actions to be taken that will reduce the damage of polluted runoff.

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