2013 Press Releases

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Federal & Baywide

December 3, 2013

CBF Issues Statement on Release of Bay Barometer

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Senior Water Quality Scientist Beth McGee issued this statement following the release of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Barometer. "This report is a sobering reminder that although we have made progress in reducing pollution, we still have a long way to go to restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay."

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October 8, 2013

CBF Issues Statement Following the Farm Bureau's Appeal of Bay Clean-up Ruling

CBF President William C. Baker and Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller issued these statements following notification that the American Farm Bureau Federation and others intend to appeal Judge Sylvia Rambo's ruling that Bay restoration efforts are legal.

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September 13, 2013

Federal Court Ruling Affirms Chesapeake Bay Blueprint

Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo today issued a ruling upholding Bay clean-up efforts, and rejecting the arguments of the Farm Bureau, the National Association of Home Builders, and other big agriculture interests. The ruling affirmed that EPA, working with the states, has the authority to set science-based pollution limits.

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August 20, 2013

CBF Files to Intervene in Conowingo Dam Relicensing

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed to intervene in the administrative proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the re-licensing of the hydropower facility at Conowingo Dam owned by Exelon Corporation. CBF will be advocating as the regional watchdog for the Chesapeake Bay to pursue a comprehensive solution to the water quality and habitat impacts of the dam.

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July 18, 2013

CBF Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Gina McCarthy

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following Senate confirmation of Gina McCarthy as Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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July 8, 2013

Milestone Progress Being Made, but No Jurisdiction Meeting All Commitments

All the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay region are making progress meeting pollution reduction goals, but no jurisdiction is on track to implement all the pollution reduction practices they committed to achieve by 2013.

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June 5, 2013

CBF and EPA Reach New Agreement to Reduce Pollution from Animal Operations

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reached a new agreement to reduce pollution from animal operations. This new agreement, which arises from the 2010 settlement of CBF's lawsuit, will provide additional certainty that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint (the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and State Watershed Implementation Plans or "WIPs") now in place will achieve its goal of reducing pollution throughout the six-state, 64,000 square-mile Bay region with full implementation by 2025.

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May 13, 2013

CBF Calls for Stronger House Farm Bill

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker made this statement in response to the House Agriculture Committee's release of its draft of the Farm Bill.

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April 19, 2013

CBF Issues Statement on the Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results

The Winter Blue Crab Dredge Survey released today showed mixed results. The total number of crabs was significantly down, due primarily to a low number of juveniles from poor reproduction last year. However the number of adult females increased 50 percent. In light of the findings, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued the following statements.

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April 18, 2013

CBF Issues Statement on 2012 Bay Grass Acreage

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the Chesapeake Bay Program 2012 survey of underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

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March 7, 2013

CBF Commends Bipartisan Letter in Support of Farm Bill Conservation Funding

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker made this statement in response to the release of a letter to House Agriculture Committee leaders calling for protection of conservation funding in the upcoming debate over the federal Farm Bill. The letter, circulated by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, was signed by a bipartisan group of Representatives from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

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March 4, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Welcomes Appointment of Gina McCarthy to E.P.A.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement regarding the appointment by President Obama of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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January 2, 2013

2012 State of the Bay Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improves

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) 2012 State of the Bay Report shows the health of the Bay improved one point over the last report in 2010, and is up four points since 2008, a 10 percent improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators that make up the report, five improved, seven stayed the same, and only one declined.

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Maryland

November , 2013

Water Filtration Plant for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties Faces Possible Lawsuit for Clean Water Act Violations

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), owner of the Potomac Water Filtration Plant, is facing a new legal challenge today for polluting the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay in violation of the Clean Water Act. Attorneys from Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), on behalf of the Potomac Riverkeeper, together with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), announced the groups' intent to file a lawsuit against WSSC for years of unchecked water pollution from the filtration plant.

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October 29, 2013

No Doubt Left; Local Residents Oppose Four Seasons Development

A majority of voters in Kent Island and Queen Anne's County are opposed to the 1079-unit Four Seasons development project proposed for Kent Island. On the island, opponents outnumber supporters by more than 2-1, according to a public opinion poll by Public Opinion Strategies commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), and Queen Anne's Conservation Association (QACA). Half again as many people county-wide oppose the project.

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August 20, 2013

CBF Files to Intervene in Conowingo Dam Relicensing

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed to intervene in the administrative proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the re-licensing of the hydropower facility at Conowingo Dam owned by Exelon Corporation. CBF will be advocating as the regional watchdog for the Chesapeake Bay to pursue a comprehensive solution to the water quality and habitat impacts of the dam.

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June 7, 2013

AAC Health Department Advises Against Swimming this Weekend

Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued a "Preemptive Advisory" in effect for June 7-9 cautioning that all county beaches are under a no swimming/no direct water contact advisory for at least 48 hours due to predicted elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks.

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April 25, 2013

Report Suggests Link Between Smallmouth Bass Mortality and Water Pollution

Scientists suggest that a perfect storm of pollution, parasites, warming water temperatures, and endocrine disrupting chemicals may be combining to threaten one of the region's most popular fresh water game fish, the smallmouth bass, according to a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report.

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April 9, 2013

Lawmakers Sustain Momentum of Bay Restoration, Fight off Delays

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today declared the 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly a success. New programs and policies were developed to reduce pollution in every county of the state. Progress also was made to reduce pollution from farms. Also, attempts by some legislators to roll back important pollution reduction programs were soundly defeated.

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April 4, 2013

CBF: Ag Certainty Bill Advances, Provides Certainty of Pollution Reduction on Farms

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement following passage in the House Environmental Matters Committee of SB 1029, "The Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program." "We can't wait 12 years to be sure farmers are reducing pollution. This bill would start getting farmers to meet strict water quality standards now, and to verify those results.

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February 12, 2013

CBF Issues Statement on Bill to Overturn Last Year's Septics and Growth Legislation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement concerning a hearing on SB 391. The legislation is designed to overturn last year's septics and growth legislation.

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January 16, 2013

Proposed Budget Would Help Localities Meet Clean-Water Commitments

CBF: Governor's budget accelerates Chesapeake Bay cleanup, but bill introduced today would allow 2 million pounds of new pollution
Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following two newsworthy developments: Governor O'Malley unveiled his spending plan for Fiscal Year 2014, and sponsors filed HB 106 which would repeal the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.

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January 14, 2013

CBF: Bottle and Can Bill Will Help Clean Up Our Water, and Help Change the Throw-Away Culture

Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today following the introduction by Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chairman of the House Environmental Matters Committee, of RecycleForReal.

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January 2, 2013

2012 State of the Bay Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improves

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) 2012 State of the Bay Report shows the health of the Bay improved one point over the last report in 2010, and is up four points since 2008, a 10 percent improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators that make up the report, five improved, seven stayed the same, and only one declined.

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Pennsylvania

December 10, 2013

Farmers Improve Nearly Forty Miles of Streams

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), our partners, and 41farmers in northern Pennsylvania today celebrate a significant clean water achievement: 36 miles of forest buffers have been planted along streams in Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Wyoming, and Lycoming Counties. These buffers will improve local and downstream water quality, improve farm viability, provide habitat for fish and other wildlife, and count toward Pennsylvania's Clean Water Blueprint requirements.

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August 20, 2013

CBF Files to Intervene in Conowingo Dam Relicensing

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed to intervene in the administrative proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the re-licensing of the hydropower facility at Conowingo Dam owned by Exelon Corporation. CBF will be advocating as the regional watchdog for the Chesapeake Bay to pursue a comprehensive solution to the water quality and habitat impacts of the dam.

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August 12, 2013

CBF Calls on Congress to Pass Farm Bill

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) calls on Congress to quickly pass a federal Farm Bill that supports Pennsylvania farmers by providing assistance to preserve soil and keep excess nutrients out of local waterways. CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell says upcoming Ag Pregress Days provide an important opportunity for farmers to discuss this and other issues with policy makers.

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July 18, 2013

Rain Barrels Available at Wormleysburg River Day

The Harrisburg Rain Barrel Coalition will be on site this Saturday, July 20th, at the Wormleysburg River Day festival to help educate area residents about the benefits of using rain barrels to collect rainwater from rooftops. Decorative, hand-painted barrels will also be available for sale.

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June 26, 2013

Bay Foundation Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

CBF honored the leadership and conservation achievements of Bradford County Conservation District Manager Mike Lovegreen by recognizing his lifetime achievements with the CBF 2013 Conservationist of the Year Award.

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May 9, 2013

Bay Foundation Responds to EPA’s Approval of PA Impaired Waters List

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 2012 Impaired Waters List. CBF and partners petitioned DEP to list the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired, due to on-going, disease and die-offs of the smallmouth bass population in this 100-mile stretch of the river.

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April 25, 2013

CBF Report Details 'Perfect Storm' Threatening Susquehanna River Fishery

Scientific researchers suggest that a 'perfect storm' of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, pesticides, and endocrine disrupting chemicals along with warming water temperatures and parasites are threaten one of Pennsylvania's most popular game fish, the smallmouth bass, according to a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report.

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April 17, 2013

Bay Foundation Supports Senate Stormwater Bill

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following yesterday's passage of Senate Bill 351, a stormwater bill introduced by Senator Erickson. The Bill was passed nearly unanimously with a vote of 49 in favor and only 1 opposed.

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March 27, 2013

Bay Foundation Responds to EPA's National Waterway Survey

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the release of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) comprehensive survey of the overall health of America's waterways. The 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment reflects the most recent data available, and is part of EPA's expanded effort to monitor waterways in the U.S. and gather scientific data on the condition of the Nation's water resources.

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March 20, 2013

Bay Foundation Responds to DEP's River Sampling Plan

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the public release of the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) work plan to study the Susquehanna River. Portions of the study will focus on areas of the River or its tributaries where smallmouth bass reproduce.

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February 1, 2013

CBF Announces New Pennsylvania Executive Director

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is pleased to announce Harry Campbell as the new Executive Director for the Pennsylvania office. Having spent the past nine years as CBF's Pennsylvania scientist, Campbell is a respected resource on technical, policy, and science issues and will now direct all of CBF's policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts in Pennsylvania.

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January 29, 2013

Bay Foundation Responds to DEP's Impaired Waters List

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) release of the state's 2012 Impaired Waters List. CBF joined the PA Fish & Boat Commission, and American Rivers and PennFuture in petitioning DEP to declare a 98-mile stretch of the Lower Susquehanna as an impaired water body. DEP has denied the petition, excluding the River in its final report to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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January 2, 2013

2012 State of the Bay Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improves

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) 2012 State of the Bay Report shows the health of the Bay improved one point over the last report in 2010, and is up four points since 2008, a 10 percent improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators that make up the report, five improved, seven stayed the same, and only one declined.

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Virginia

December 12, 2013

CBF Statement on Governor's Proposed Budget for Clean Water

Ann Jennings, Virginia Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued the following statement regarding Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed 2014-16 budget for clean water initiatives in Virginia.

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October 8, 2013

Bay Foundation Marks Start of Brock Environmental Center

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today marked the beginning of construction of the Brock Environmental Center, which when completed in 2014 will be the greenest, most sustainable building in Virginia and among the greenest structures in the world.

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August 29, 2013

CBF Names Veteran Virginian-Pilot Environmental Reporter as 2013 Virginia Conservationist of the Year

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has presented its 2013 Virginia Conservationist of the Year Award to Scott Harper, longtime environmental reporter for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

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August 20, 2013

Bay Foundation Issues Critical Action Plan for Next Governor to Ensure Success of Chesapeake Bay Restoration

CBF today issued a five-point action plan outlining critical steps Virginia's next governor and other elected leaders can take to ensure the success of Bay restoration.

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August 13, 2013

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 Bay Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state plan to restore the Bay, according to new bipartisan polling. Fully 86 percent of poll respondents believe the Chesapeake Bay should be a priority in Virginia.

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August 2, 2013

Bay Foundation Seeks More Salvaged Materials for the Greenest Building in Virginia

CBF is issuing a final call to the Hampton Roads community for used and salvaged building materials to help create the Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point.

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July 25, 2013

CBF Issues Statement Following Newport News Beach Closures

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement in response to the swimming advisories posted at Anderson, Hilton, Huntington Park, and King/Lincoln beaches.

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June 1, 2013

Thousands Volunteer Statewide to Help Mark Clean the Bay Day's 25th Anniversary

As a testament to the long-time success of one of the most popular volunteer events in the state, today several thousand volunteers rolled up their sleeves to become stewards of their local waterways and participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Clean the Bay Day.

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June 1, 2013

Virginia Beach High Schooler Named Top CBF Student Leader 

James Hemphill, a 16-year-old sophomore at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, has received the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) 2013 Student Leadership Award for his outstanding conservation work in school and the community.

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May 7, 2013

CBF's Brock Environmental Center Inspires Broad Community Support

Recent donations of more than a half-million dollars to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for the creation of a cutting-edge, eco-friendly environmental education center in Virginia Beach demonstrate wide support for the project.

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April 25, 2013

Report Suggests Link Between Smallmouth Bass Mortality and Water Pollution

Scientists suggest that a perfect storm of pollution, parasites, warming water temperatures, and endocrine disrupting chemicals may be combining to threaten one of the region's most popular fresh water game fish, the smallmouth bass, according to a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report.

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April 9, 2013

CBF Seeks Nominations for Clean the Bay Day Heroes

Do you know someone who has participated in Clean the Bay Day for many years? Who goes out of his or her way to pick up trash that could foul local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, not just on Clean the Bay Day but every day? Who goes the extra mile to make sure his or her locality does its part to keep local waterways litter-free? If so, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) would like to honor that individual as a "Clean the Bay Day Hero."

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March 26, 2013

CBF Applauds V.M.R.C. for Moving Forward to Protect Menhaden

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement following today’s action by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to establish harvest allocations for the Atlantic menhaden bait fishery in Virginia.

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January 17, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Marks Advancement of Menhaden Conservation Bills

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings released this statement following approval by General Assembly legislative panels of bills that conserve Atlantic menhaden.

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January 11, 2013

Volunteers Sought to Grow Bay Grasses

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is seeking volunteers to raise underwater Bay grasses in their homes, schools, or businesses as part of CBF's Grasses for the Masses restoration program. The program engages volunteers to help restore underwater grasses, submerged plants vital to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem but that have been seriously depleted over the years.

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January 2, 2013

2012 State of the Bay Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improves

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) 2012 State of the Bay Report shows the health of the Bay improved one point over the last report in 2010, and is up four points since 2008, a 10 percent improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators that make up the report, five improved, seven stayed the same, and only one declined.

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