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 MD State House. Photo by Nikki Davis.Press Statement

January 22, 2015

CBF: Sad Day for Maryland

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—"This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. Governor Hogan has hurt the rivers and streams on Maryland's Eastern Shore where 228,000 tons of excess manure will continue to be applied to farm fields each year, and to wash off into nearby creeks and river. The new governor rolled back 10 years of progress when he withdrew the Phosphorus Management Tool, a common sense, science-based solution to the manure crisis...Additionally, by withdrawing regulations that would have reduced pollution from coal-fired power plants, Governor Hogan also has put corporate interests above the people of Greater Baltimore."

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement following Governor Hogan's withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrate oxide reduction regulations.

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Press Statement

January 27, 2015

CBF Issues Statement on Offshore Drilling Draft Strategy

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—"The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, and drilling offshore poses unjustifiable risks to the Bay, its living resources, the tourism economy, and the many jobs dependent on clean water...Offshore drilling creates a new pollution source, one capable of significant, even devastating environmental damage from drilling, transportation, storage, or refinement."

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement in response to the Obama Administration's announced draft strategy to open up the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling.

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Press Release

January 19, 2015

CBF Will Challenge in Court Maryland's Stormwater Permits for Howard, Carroll, Charles, Frederick and Harford Counties

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed a Notice of Appeal on Friday, Jan. 16 with the Circuit Court of Howard County notifying the court that CBF intends to challenge the Maryland Department of the Environment's new stormwater permit for Howard County. CBF also will file similar notices this week announcing intended challenges of new MDE permits for Carroll, Charles, Frederick and Harford counties. The focus of these suits is on MDE's failure to properly draft permits that comply with state and federal law, not any action by the counties.

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CBF In the News

January 25, 2015

Counties Reconsider Stormwater Fees

(Baltimore Sun)—For opponents of increased fees and taxes, rollbacks [of stormwater fees] represent a victory over what critics deride as a "rain tax" unfairly levied on urban and suburban residents and businesses. But it also raises the question whether the counties will have enough money to pay their share of cleaning up polluted stormwater that harms rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. "To just roll it back or zero it out is a major concern for us and it should be a major concern for the state," said Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which lobbied heavily for a state law enacted in 2012 requiring counties to establish the fees in order to pay for cleanup projects...The Bay Foundation is watching to make sure that counties that reduce or eliminate stormwater fees still are dedicating money to pay for projects such as restoring eroded streams, creating wetlands and planting trees—all of which reduce the flow of polluted stormwater. Read More

 

CBF In the News

January 21, 2015

Don't Downplay Menhaden Role in Rockfish Diets

(Star Democrat)—Studies at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in 2009 "...clearly demonstrate that a poor diet affects the progression and severity of mycobacteriosis in striped bass." Menhaden have historically made up the majority of rockfish diets in the Bay, but diet studies showed a steady decline in the percentage of menhaden in their diet as menhaden numbers declined and rockfish numbers recovered in the 1990s. That the two species have never been abundant at the same time...is actually due to the strong dependence of rockfish on menhaden in the Bay. Read More

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Baltimore Members: Annual Meeting December 4

Please plan to spend an evening with us at the National Aquarium for the 2nd Annual Baltimore Members Meeting. This year, the Mighty Oyster will be the focus of the meeting. We have invited speakers to talk about the history of oysters in the Bay, the Oyster Wars, the current state of this keystone species and the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership. More information and Registration


Upcoming Events

Grasses for the Masses Workshop (VA: Glen Allen #2)
Sat, 31 Jan 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grasses for the Masses Workshop (VA: Occoquan #1)
Sat, 31 Jan 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

21st Annual Environmental Legislative Summit (MD)
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Stakeholder Call: State of the Bay
Wed, 04 Feb 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Green Grant Writing 101 Workshop for Faith Groups
Wed, 04 Feb 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Grasses for the Masses Workshop (VA: Richmond #1)
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Grasses for the Masses Workshop (VA: Manassas #2)
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Grasses for the Masses Workshop (VA: Burke #1)
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Oyster Gardening Cage Building
Tue, 10 Feb 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

State of the Bay 2014 report briefing for CBF speakers and advocates
Wed, 11 Feb 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Oyster Gardening Cage Building
Thu, 12 Feb 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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January 21, 2015

Upcoming events for farmers, gardeners and consumers looking for new skills

This is the season for farmers to attend conferences and workshops, to hone our skills or give us new ideas. There's also some interesting workshops for gardeners and consumers. A few have passed already, but here's some coming up. If you have a budding farmer in your life, you might want to pass this along...

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