2012 Press Releases

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December 27, 2012

CBF Statement on EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement on the announcement that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will be stepping down.

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December 14, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Sequestration and the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today applauded statements by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) to the U.S. House of Representatives about the potential negative impacts of sequestration on the Chesapeake Bay.

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October 31, 2012

CBF Issues Statement on the Impact of Sandy

Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior water quality scientist Dr. Beth McGee issued this statement on the impact of this week's storm on the Chesapeake Bay.

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September 21, 2012

CBF Criticizes House and Senate Action on Anti-Clean Water Bill

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is very disappointed that both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have moved forward with a legislative initiative that would have devastating consequences for the Chesapeake Bay, as well as efforts to restore clean water across the nation.

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August 01, 2012

CBF Issues Statement Opposing House Farm Legislation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning a proposal by the leadership in the House of Representatives that would fund drought relief to ranchers at the expense of conservation funding nationally.

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July 09, 2012

2011 Milestone Analysis Shows Progress

An analysis of selected 2011 milestones established by the Bay states to accelerate the pace of reducing pollution to local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay found progress in each of the states. The analysis was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water (CCW). The goal of this analysis is to ensure that commitments were met, and if not, that actions are taken to compensate for any shortfall.

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June 20, 2012

CBF Thanks Senators for Regional Farm Bill Funding for Conservation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued these statements following successful efforts by the region's Senators to ensure continued additional funding for agricultural conservation practices in the next federal Farm Bill. As a result of Senate rules against earmarks, the Senate Agriculture Committee had eliminated $50 million per year of cost-share funding for the region's farmers earlier this year. That funding has been restored as a result of agreements reached this week between the region's Senators and Agriculture Committee leaders.

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May 31, 2012

CBF Issues Statement on EPA Comments on State Blueprints for Reducing Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued written comments on the Bay states' blueprints (also known as Watershed Implementation Plans) on reducing pollution to achieve the science-based pollution limits for local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement following CBF's review of the comments.

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April 23, 2012

CBF and Partners Call on Court to Dismiss Bay Clean-up Lawsuit

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its partners have called on Pennsylvania federal court Judge Sylvia Rambo to dismiss a lawsuit filed by agricultural and home building lobbyists who are seeking to abolish scientifically developed limits on pollution that is destroying the Chesapeake Bay.

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April 16, 2012

Presidential Initiative On Environmental Literacy Announced by EPA Administrator: Joint Task Force of EPA, Education, and Interior

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today applauded the creation of a Presidential task force to advance environmental education in the United States, which was announced by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson. The EPA, along with the U.S. Departments of Education and Interior, will co-lead the task force.

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March 07, 2012

CBF Opposes Goodlatte Legislation

Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced his intention to introduce legislation today, called the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act, which is designed to derail Bay clean-up efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) opposes the legislation, and CBF Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin issued the following statement.

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February 13, 2012

CBF Issues Statement on Obama Budget Released Today

Doug Siglin, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Federal Affairs Director, issued this statement concerning President Obama's budget, which was released today.

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January 03, 2012

CBF Report Debunks Myth: "Environmental Regulations Cost Jobs, Kill Business"

A new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report, titled Debunking the "Job Killer" Myth; How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region, examines claims that environmental regulations hurt the economy and finds them to be false. In addition, the report looks at the jobs that have been and will be created as a result of the Bay pollution limits, and finds that, especially during economic downturns, these regulations will stimulate job growth while cleaning the water, restoring fish and shell fish, and creating a healthy environment for our children.

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December 14, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statements on Menhaden Conservation Plan

CBF issued the following statements after today's decisions by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to reduce annual harvests of menhaden in order to begin restoring the population.

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November 02, 2012

CBF: Conowingo is a Red Herring; Local Pollution Comes from Local Sources

Dr. Beth McGee, senior scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following a press conference at Conowingo Dam regarding the Dam's impact on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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September 14, 2012

CBF: Cancellation of Debates is a Loss for Voters

Alan Girard, Director of the Eastern Shore Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement upon learning this week that U.S. Representative Andrew Harris (R-MD) has decided to pull out of all debates this election season, including one co-sponsored by CBF.

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May 25, 2012

CBF Cautions Swimmers and Others to Avoid Water Contact After Storms

With the Memorial Day weekend kicking off, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is cautioning swimmers and others in Maryland to avoid coming into contact with tidal or fresh water for 48 hours after a significant rain storm this summer, a precaution also suggested by state and county health departments, but not generally known to the public.

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May 15, 2012

CBF Statement on Potomac River Endangerment Listing

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the American Rivers' annual "America's Most Endangered Rivers" report which named the Potomac one of the nation's most endangered rivers.

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May 02, 2012

CBF Challenges Plan for Offshore Testing at Steel Plant

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its partners have appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals a lower court ruling that would allow the owners of the Sparrows Pointsteel plant to conduct a minimal investigation into offshore pollution at the plant. CBF seeks a much more comprehensive assessment in Bear Creek and the Patapsco River.

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May 01, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Call Mid-Shore Home

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has intensified its work on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and on June 11 the region's largest environmental group dedicated to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its local creeks and rivers officially will open an office in Easton.

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April 19, 2012

CBF Statement on Blue Crab Survey

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Fisheries Director Bill Goldsborough issued this statement following the release today of the 2012 blue crab winter dredge survey.

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April 10, 2012

Major Wins for Chesapeake Bay in 2012 Legislative Session

The Chesapeake Bay and local creeks and rivers should improve significantly in the coming years as a result of bold action by Governor O'Malley and the Maryland General Assembly during this year's legislative session, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) told its 86,000 members in the state today.

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April 06, 2012

Maryland Increases State Polluted Waterways List by 37

Fifteen of the 37 creeks, rivers and sections of the Chesapeake Bay recently added to Maryland's dirty water list are polluted because of runoff from urban and suburban areas, according to a review of the report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

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March 13, 2012

Latest Bay Clean-up Plan, Two-year Milestones, Make Progress But Lack Details, Funding, Accountability

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has submitted formal comments on Maryland's Draft Phase 2 Watershed Implementation Plan and Two-Year Milestones, expressing concerns that the state may not be able to finish cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay in coming years as promised.

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March 07, 2012

Proposal Would Cripple Bay Clean-up Effort, Jeopardize Maryland Leadership

Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following the vote Tuesday by the Senate Budget and Taxation Subcommittee on Public Safety, Transportation, and Environment to further reduce funding to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

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February 20, 2012

EPA Says Maryland Needs Funding to Reduce Polluted Runoff

Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluation of Maryland's draft Bay clean-up plan and two-year milestone.

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January 18, 2012

Governor's Budget is Good Opening Proposal for Environment

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement in response to the FY 2013 budget proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning.

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August 28, 2012

Pennsylvania Water Quality Will Benefit from Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant

Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania Executive Director, Matthew J. Ehrhart today issued this statement following the National Fish and Wildlife Federation's public announcement of grant awards through the "2012 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund." CBF's Pennsylvania office is receiving a grant for the proposal "Technical Assistance for New and Re-enrolling PA CREP Buffers."

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August 2, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Calls on Senator Casey to Continue Steadfast Support for Pennsylvania Farmers and Vital Funding Programs

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania Senior Scientist, Harry Campbell, issued the following statement in response to just passed legislation by the House that supplies drought-stricken farmers with temporary funding support, but at a cost to farmers in the Chesapeake Bay region. CBF calls for the House to pass a meaningful five-year Farm Bill that benefits all farmers.

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July 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Court Decision Provides Environmental Protection

LeeAnn Murray, Pennsylvania Staff Attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation today issued the following statement in response to a recent Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decision affirming the ability of local authorities to zone drilling activities. The Court additionally overturned a permit waiver provision.

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May 16, 2012

Volunteers and Farm Work Together to Improve Local Water Quality and Habitat

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, partners, and nearly 100 volunteers recently completed an on-farm streamside tree planting that will help improve local water quality while also educating the public about the connection between water quality and riparian buffers.

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February 20, 2012

PA Submits Draft Water Plan and Milestone Achievements

Matthew J. Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), today issued the following statement in conjunction with the EPA's evaluation of the draft Pennsylvania Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), recently submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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February 07, 2012

Free Farmer Workshops: Cleaner Barnyards, Healthier Streams, and Fewer Worries: Strategies You Can Use Now

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and partners are hosting two free workshops for Chester County and southern Lancaster County producers interested in improving farming operations, and local water quality. Attendees will receive basic information and financial-assistance opportunities including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and the Buffer Bonus program, which is available to Plain Sect communities.

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February 06, 2012

PA General Assembly: Move HB1950 Forward

Matthew J. Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and a member of the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, today issued the following statement in response to the final Marcellus bill being voted out of conference committee.

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February 03, 2012

Funding is Now Available for Farm Improvements

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is pleased to announce that funding is now available to farmers interested in improving farm profitability and water quality through the installation of on-farm conservation practices.

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December 19, 2012

CBF Seeks Local Salvaged Materials for Living Building at Pleasure House Point

Pursuing the most stringent sustainability standards for its planned environmental center at Pleasure House Point, CBF is seeking salvaged building materials needed for the project.

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December 19, 2012

New Video Captures Common Ground Among Farmers, Watermen

A new CBF video featuring a Shenandoah Valley farmer and the mayor of Tangier Island shows how people from diverse walks of life can find common ground in clean water and a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

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December 17, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Applauds Governor's Budget Amendments Aimed at Clean Water

CBF Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement on Governor Bob McDonnell's proposed biennial budget amendments, which include $216.9 million for water quality improvements and Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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December 14, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statements on Menhaden Conservation Plan

CBF issued the following statements after today's decisions by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to reduce annual harvests of menhaden in order to begin restoring the population.

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December 11, 2012

Most Environmentally Sustainable Building in Virginia Gets Green Light from Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach City Council has voted to approve a Conditional Use Permit for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) to construct what will be the most environmentally sustainable building in Virginia, located at Pleasure House Point. Tonight's city council action clears the way for CBF to move forward with the Brock Environmental Center, named in honor of Macon and Joan Brock of Virginia Beach, who provided a $3.5 million leadership gift toward the $20 million project.

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November 19, 2012

CBF Issues Statement on VMRC's Blue Crab Management Plan

CBF supports the VMRC decision to maintain most of the current blue crab management plan for the rest of the 2012 and 2013 fishing seasons.

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November 6, 2012

Volunteers Clean Up, Plant Trees Along Smith Creek

Volunteers and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service removed debris and planted trees to create a riparian buffer on farmland along Smith Creek in Rockingham County on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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October 22, 2012

CBF, Citizens for Stumpy Lake Appeal Chesapeake Wetlands Decision

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Citizens for Stumpy Lake (CSL) have appealed a Richmond Circuit Court judge's final ruling in a wetland permitting dispute dating from 2003.

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October 15, 2012

CBF Calls for Reasonable Reductions in Menhaden Catch

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement regarding the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's proposed changes to the management of Atlantic menhaden.

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October 12, 2012

CBF Announces $20 Million Campaign for Pleasure House Point

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today announced a $20 million fundraising campaign to build a cutting-edge environmental center, enhance environmental education, improve habitat, and create a venue for community collaboration at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach.

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August 23, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Create "Living Building" in Virginia Beach

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today announced plans to create an ultra-green environmental education/community center on a small corner of Pleasure House Point, a 100-acre-plus track of dunes, marsh, and trees acquired last month by the City of Virginia Beach for conservation and recreation.

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May 23, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Virginia's Bay Cleanup Plan

Ann F. Jennings, Virginia executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued the following statement regarding Virginia's latest Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, which was the subject of public meetings today in Richmond and Painter, Va.

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April 17, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement on Army Corps Oyster Restoration Plan

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration and Fisheries Scientist Tommy Leggett issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' oyster restoration plan for the Chesapeake Bay. The plan is the subject of a public hearing today in Hampton.

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March 30, 2012

CBF Statement on Virginia's Bay Cleanup Plan (Phase II WIP)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement following Governor McDonnell's release today of Virginia's Phase 2 Watershed Implementation Plan for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

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March 26, 2012

CBF Issues Statement on Virginia Water Quality Report

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Senior Scientist Mike Gerel issued the statement below following today's release of Virginia's latest water quality report by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

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February 20, 2012

CBF Reacts to EPA Review of Virginia's Latest Bay Cleanup Plan

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann F. Jennings issued this statement following the release last week of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) review of Virginia's draft Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

February 7, 2012

Statement from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Release of Virginia Oyster Harvest Results

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Oyster Restoration Scientist Tommy Leggett issued this statement following the release today of Virginia's latest oyster harvest results.

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