2011 Press Releases

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December 13, 2011

CBF Issues Statement on USDA's New Nutrient Management Standard

Dr. Beth McGee, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Senior Water Quality Scientist, issued this statement following the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrient management standard today. The standard will be used by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers and ranchers apply nutrients more efficiently.

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November 9, 2011

Historic Vote in Boston to Manage Menhaden Harvest is Boon to Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) enthusiastically applauds a historic vote in Boston today by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to set new fishing limits for menhaden and new targets for a healthy population. The decision will allow the "most important fish in the sea" to rebound from a dangerous population decline, and will boost the health of the coastal ecosystem and fishing industries that depend on the fish.

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October 13, 2011

Federal Judge Grants CBF Motion to Intervene in Bay Pollution Diet Lawsuit

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller issued this statement following the decision by Federal Court Judge Sylvia Rambo to allow Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners, along with municipal waste and water associations, to intervene in the Bay pollution diet(Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL) lawsuit.

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September 26, 2011

Ag Industry Report Found to be Fatally Flawed

Two independent scientific assessments of a recent report issued by the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council have determined that the report was fatally flawed, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said today.

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June 28, 2011

CBF Issues Statement on the National Homebuilders Suit to End Bay Restoration

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning the lawsuit filed late yesterday by the National Home Builders Association against EPA. The national lobbying organization, which bills itself as the "voice of the housing industry," filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that all efforts to implement pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries be stopped.

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June 17, 2011

CBF Issues Statement on House Cuts to Agricultural Conservation Funding

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin issued this statement following a vote in the House to significantly reduce agricultural conservation funding for fiscal year 2012.

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May 25, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Partners Go to Federal Court to Defend Bay Restoration

A coalition of environmental groups announced today that they have filed a motion in federal court to oppose the efforts of major national agricultural organizations to force an end to federal and state programs to reduce pollution and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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May 9, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Bay Program Water Quality Assessment

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker issued this statement following the Chesapeake Bay Program press call concerning pollution trends for local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.

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May 4, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement on the NAS Bay Program Report

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the National Academy of Science evaluation of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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April 4, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Partners: Federal Government Must Assess Regional Impacts of Shale Drilling

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners took actions today to call on the federal government to conduct a comprehensive scientific analysis of the cumulative impacts of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation in the six Bay states, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia.

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March 25, 2011

Saving America's Great Watersheds One Yard at a Time

An initiative by a Virginia nursery developed with the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is taking root, as the garden industry, watershed protection groups, and the public push to improve water quality through a movement that starts in the homeowner's yard.

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March 15, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Following Release of USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project Report

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker and Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin issued these statements following the release of USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project report.

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March 2, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Following the Appointment of Jeff Corbin as EPA Senior Advisor

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the appointment of Jeff Corbin as EPA's new Senior Advisor for the Chesapeake Bay.

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February 18, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Approval of Goodlatte Budget Amendment That Eliminates Bay Restoration Funds

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement about the U.S. House of Representative's passage tonight of a budget amendment eliminating all federal funding for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load cleanup effort. The amendment was offered by Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

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February 15, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement on Goodlatte Budget Amendment That Would Eliminate All Money for EPA's Bay Clean-Up Plan

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement regarding Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte's notice that he intends to file an amendment to the fiscal 2011 funding bill. That amendment would eliminate all Environmental Protection Agency funding to "develop, promulgate, evaluate, implement, provide oversight to," Bay clean-up efforts under the Total Maximum Daily Load.

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February 14, 2011

CBF Issues Statement on the House and Administration's Budget Proposals' Impact on Clean Water

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning the impact of the House and Obama Administration proposed budgets on clean water in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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January 10, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement On American Farm Bureau Federation Lawsuit

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued these statements concerning the American Farm Bureau Federation's announcement that they intend to file a lawsuit today against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, also known as the Bay pollution budget.

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December 9, 2011

Partners Join to Fight Massive Illegal Rezoning That Snubs Public Will

Alan Girard, Maryland Eastern Shore Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following the announcement of a lawsuit to challenge the Queen Anne's County Board of Commissioner's rezoning of 525 acres of farmland for development.

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November 15, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Joins Lawsuit to Stop Massive, Illegal Development Proposal in Frederick County

Jon Mueller, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Litigation, today issued this statement concerning a lawsuit against the Frederick County Board of Commissioners. The board has initiated a process that could permit the construction of about 17,000 new homes.

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November 4, 2011

Maryland Department of the Environment Denies Disastrous Highway Permit

Charles County citizens have much to celebrate today after the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) denied a key permit for the Cross-County Connector.

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August 9, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Following Release of Blue Crab Stock Assessment

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough and Hampton Roads Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statements regarding the release of the just completed blue crab stock assessment.

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May 24, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Government Needs to Assess Risk to Human Health from Steel Plant Pollution in Bear Creek

Kim Coble, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today following the release of the Maryland Port Administration report detailing risks to human and ecological health at the Sparrows Point steel plant.

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April 19, 2011

Watermen and Crabs Benefiting From Management Plan; Stay the Course

Bill Goldsborough, senior fishery scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued the following statement after the release today of the annual winter crab survey results.

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April 12, 2011

Maryland Bay Clean-up Programs Spared Budget Axe, but Key Issues not Addressed

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today declared the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly a mixed bag of successes and disappointments. There was success in terms of the organization's chief priority, protecting Bay restoration funding, but some key environmental issues were not addressed.

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April 4, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Partners: Federal Government Must Assess Regional Impacts of Shale Drilling

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners took actions today to call on the federal government to conduct a comprehensive scientific analysis of the cumulative impacts of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation in the six Bay states, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia.

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March 2, 2011

Proposal Would Permanently Cut Trust Fund and POS; Derail Bay Cleanup

Kim Coble, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued the following statement today following the Department of Legislative Services' proposal permanently to reduce funding to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and Program Open Space (Senate Budget & Taxation).

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February 22, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Following DNR Decision on Striped Bass Gill Net Fishery

Bill Goldsborough, Senior Fisheries Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following a meeting today concerning the striped bass gill net fishery.

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February 14, 2011

New Legislation Requires Alternatives to Septics in Major Developments

New legislation released today will require that major new subdivisions have access to public sewer systems or install technologies to treat sewage in order to reduce nitrogen pollution.

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February 8, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statements on Oyster Health Improvements and Poaching Legislation

In response to the good news concerning oyster reproduction and the impacts of oyster diseases, Kim Coble, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Maryland Executive Director, issued the following statement.

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January 3, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Applauds Governor's Announcement on Septics

Kim Coble, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued the following statement following Governor O'Malley's announcement of support today for limiting development on septic systems in Maryland.

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December 7, 2011

Pennsylvania General Assembly: No More Delays!

Matthew J. Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and member of the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, today issued the following statement.

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November 14, 2011

Nine Days Remain to Pass Meaningful Marcellus Legislation

Matthew J. Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and member of the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, today issued the following statement.

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July 22, 2011

Statement from Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Environmental Representatives

Last week, members of Governor Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission reviewed and adopted almost 100 policy recommendations, which are included in the report the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission presented to the Governor today.

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July 7, 2011

Settlement Reached in Marcellus Permit Appeal Case

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have reached an agreement, finalizing CBF's 2009 appeal of three permits issued by DEP to natural gas drilling companies operating in the Marcellus Shale formation.

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June 24, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Partners Celebrate EPA Award for Conservation Improvements to Pennsylvania Farms

Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation celebrated receiving a national EPA award. The 6th annual PISCES award recognizes projects that set an example of innovative and sustainable water quality financing. CBF received the 2010 PISCES award for conservation improvements completed on 43 Pennsylvania farms to improve water quality and farm viability.

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May 10, 2011

Major Environmental Organizations Submit Proposed Marcellus Shale Drilling Laws

Two major environmental organizations in Pennsylvania have joined forces in submitting a legislative proposal to the Corbett administration and state lawmakers that is designed to help ensure safe and responsible Marcellus Shale drilling and gas extraction in Pennsylvania.

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March 8, 2011

Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission is Opportunity to Chart Drilling's Course in Pennsylvania

Matt Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation was today appointed to Governor Tom Corbett's newly formed Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

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February 22, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Wrong to Rescind Protective Policy for Marcellus Drilling on State Forests and Parks

Matt Ehrhart, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released the following statement in response to action by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to rescind a policy requiring an environmental-impact review prior to Marcellus natural gas drilling in most of Pennsylvania's state parks.

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January 26, 2011

Workshops Offer Resources for Ag Compliance, Water Quality

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partners are hosting three workshops in the Lancaster area designed to assist farmers and rural landowners in improving local stream quality.

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December 9, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement Regarding Approval of Bluff Point Development by Northumberland

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Senior Attorney Peggy Sanner issued this statement following the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors' approval last night of the Bluff Point development project.

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October 6, 2011

Grant to Help Reduce Pollution, Restore Henrico Stream

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has received a $150,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to implement a community partnership project aimed at reducing pollution in the Upham Brook watershed.

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October 3, 2011

New Grant-Funded Environmental Literacy Program Launches in Virginia Beach

A pioneering environmental education initiative being launched in Virginia Beach could become a model for other school systems in Virginia and around the country.

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August 9, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Following Release of Blue Crab Stock Assessment

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Fisheries Scientist Bill Goldsborough and Hampton Roads Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statements regarding the release of the just completed blue crab stock assessment.

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July 14, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on House Vote to Strip EPA of Water Quality Oversight

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin issued this statement regarding last night's vote by the House of Representatives to strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its oversight authority over state water quality programs.

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May 23, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Report Cites Human Health Threats, Negative Economic Impacts If Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant Built

A new Chesapeake Bay Foundation report released today says pollution from a massive coal-fired power plant proposed for Surry County could result in hundreds of asthma attacks, dozens of premature deaths, and millions of dollars in regional health care costs.

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April 27, 2011

Bay Foundation, Watermen, Virginia, Merck Settle Lawsuit Over Discharges

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Virginia State Waterman's Association, Merck & Company, and the Commonwealth of Virginia have agreed to settle a CBF/VSWA lawsuit challenging pollution limits granted to Merck by the State Water Control Board in 2009.

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April 27, 2011

Restoration Plan Announced for Lafayette River

A new comprehensive plan to restore the environmental health of the Lafayette River to conditions safe for swimming and fishing by 2014 was unveiled today by the Elizabeth River Project, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and community partners.

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April 1, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Commends HRPDC for Tabling Bay Lawsuit

Christy Everett, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Hampton Roads Director, issued this statement in response to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission's decision to seek more information from EPA and the state rather than pursue legal action against the new Bay restoration initiative.

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March 25, 2011

Saving America's Great Watersheds One Yard at a Time

An initiative by a Virginia nursery developed with the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is taking root, as the garden industry, watershed protection groups, and the public push to improve water quality through a movement that starts in the homeowner's yard.

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March 17, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement Regarding Possible Lawsuit by Planning District Commission

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Hampton Roads Director Christy Everett released the following statement regarding the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission's consideration of litigation to challenge the Chesapeake Bay pollution diet (Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL).

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February 25, 2011

Tax Credit Refund Will Provide Incentive for Farm Clean-Water Practices

The Virginia General Assembly has passed a measure that will provide an important new incentive for farmers who voluntarily implement a variety of clean-water conservation practices critical to restoring Virginia streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

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February 25, 2011

Bay Foundation Commends Senator Whipple, Delegate Pollard for Years of Service to Virginia and the Bay

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann F. Jennings issued the following statement regarding announcements today that Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31st) and Delegate Albert Pollard (D-99th) are retiring from the Virginia General Assembly.

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February 18, 2011

Lawn Fertilizer Bill Will Reduce Bay Pollution, Save Money

Bipartisan legislation that will bar the Virginia sale of fertilizer containing phosphorus for use on established lawns has passed the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia and is headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

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