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April 23, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says Senate Bill Could Derail Clean Water Efforts in Pennsylvania

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) says Pennsylvania Senate Bill 724 threatens to derail current clean water restoration efforts and divert critical funding from proven science-based practices, while favoring proprietary, corporate-backed and costly manure technologies.

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Press Statement

April 23, 2015

CBF Applauds National Award to Howard County Public School System

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—"Congratulations to Howard County Public School System, a leader in environmental literacy. The school system is a model for our state, the Chesapeake region and now the whole country."

Tom Ackerman, Vice President of Education for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following the announcement yesterday that the Howard County Public School System won a U.S. Department of Education District Sustainability Award. The award recognizes the school system's commitment to environmental education and environmentally-friendly practices.

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Press Release

April 13, 2015

Eleventh Hour Passage of Stormwater Bill Caps Remarkable Session for Bay

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The eleventh hour passage of a bill that helps reduce polluted runoff from cities and suburbs in Maryland capped a surprisingly successful session for the Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland General Assembly.

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CBF In the News

April 18, 2015

Floating Classrooms Foster Love of Nature

(Richmond Times-Dispatch)—Ann Jennings, CBF's Virginia Executive Director, writes, "Many RVA residents have become spoiled by living near the James River and its wonderful amenities: stunning vistas, fishing, paddling, swimming, hiking, birding and wildlife watching. But imagine if the closest you ever got to the James was in a car driving over a Richmond bridge...Fortunately, a beautiful natural world still awaits anyone willing to disconnect from electronic gizmos and venture outdoors. And this year, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation celebrates 30 years of unplugging Richmond-area students and taking them outside onto the James to explore nature and the river." Read More

CBF In the News

April 18, 2015

"Anti-Gardens" at Brock Environmental Center Conserve Water, Lessen Run-Off

(Virginian Pilot)—When folks wash their hands at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's new Brock Environmental Center, the water does not go down the drain and into Virginia Beach's sewage treatment plant. Instead when the water goes down the drain, it eventually ends up watering grasses in the Brock Center's graywater garden. Read More


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Brock Center Joins Virginia Beach Garden Tour April 22

Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House."

This year, the Virginia Beach tour includes CBF’s new Brock Environmental Center, Virginia’s “greenest” building; five private homes and gardens near the oceanfront; an oyster garden; and a bird-watching tour at the end of the day at the Brock Environmental Center (space limited).

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It's Oyster Season for Volunteers

Registration is open for Virginia oyster gardeners. Maryland registration is coming soon. And check the calendar for our upcoming reef ball building activities.

Upcoming Events

Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners 'Spring Garden Fest' (VA)
Sat, 25 Apr 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tree Planting - Monocacy River Watershed (MD)
Sat, 25 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Earth Day/Mayor's Clean Up Day, Baltimore (MD)
Sat, 25 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fluvanna County Earth Day Celebration (VA)
Sat, 25 Apr 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Earth-Water-Faith Festival (MD)
Sun, 26 Apr 2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Oyster Gardening Cage Building Event (HR VA)
Tue, 28 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Reef Ball Building (MD)
Wed, 29 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Oyster Gardening Cage Building Event
Thu, 30 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Reef Ball Breakdown and Building (MD)
Thu, 30 Apr 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Reef Ball Breakdown (MD)
Fri, 01 May 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Run for the Bay 5K (MD)
Sat, 02 May 2015
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

EcoFest 2015 (Norfolk, Volunteer Shifts)
Sat, 02 May 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Waynesboro Riverfest (VA)
Sat, 02 May 2015
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Talbot County Budget Hearing (MD)
Tue, 05 May 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Latest from the Clagett Farm blog
March 27, 2015

Join Us for the Spring Open House: Saturday May 9!

Things are looking green out here on Clagett Farm, so we're announcing our Spring Open House, happening Saturday, May 9. We hope you can join us! The event will run from 1-4 p.m. There will be hay rides and field tours and we'll show off our six brand new sheep, who will be thrilled to meet you...



Episode #2
Agriculture and the Bay
April 14, 2015

There are 87,000 farms in the Bay region. Agriculture contributes richly to our economy, our culture, and our society. But, considering the size and scope of all Bay agriculture, we've got concerns. Farming is the largest source of pollution to our Bay and its rivers and streams. So, what are we doing to save the Bay and benefit agriculture simultaneously?

Episode #1
Bay 101
March 31, 2015

The Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams drain a six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed that reaches as far north as Cooperstown, New York, and as far west as Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and parts of West Virginia. In this first-in-a-series podcast, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker describes the good news and the bad news about the problems facing this national treasure.

Where We Work

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The Chesapeake Bay's 64,000-square-mile watershed covers parts of six states and is home to more than 17 million people.


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