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

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Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS Maryland


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


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


Defending Clean Water Progress

During the 2013 Maryland legislative session, CBF’s efforts helped pass innovative new policies to accelerate Bay clean-up and acquire record funding for clean water efforts. We also helped defeat attempts to roll back Bay clean-up progress. Initiatives defeated included reducing water pollution standards, repealing zoning restrictions in rural areas, and delaying stormwater system upgrades. READ MORE

Little girl with fishing net. Photo by Bev Jackson


Ensuring Funding for Clean Water

Virginia lawmakers approved $216 million for Bay clean-up, including funding to upgrade two sewage treatment plants, better manage stormwater runoff, and invest in other sewer and water infrastructure projects.  read more

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


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


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

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Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS MarylandPollution

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Commercial menhaden harvesting. Photo by John Surrick/CBF StaffHealth

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Sprawl development. Photo copyright Nikki DavisHabitat

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Residential stormwater runoff. Photo copyright 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCPForage

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Photo credits: (from top)NRCS Maryland, John Surrick/CBF Staff, © Nikki Davis, © Krista Schlyer/iLCP

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