US’ largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay, earns D-plus in new rating
An environmental group gave the Chesapeake Bay watershed a D-plus grade in an evaluation released on Thursday — the same grade earned in its last report two years ago.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation chooses new president and CEO
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced a new president and chief executive officer Monday.
Chesapeake Bay oysters get more attention at pivotal time
Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation critical to the health of the nation's largest estuary.
Chesapeake Bay score slips after rainy year
The health of the Chesapeake Bay dropped a point in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s biennial State of the Bay report, but there were signs for optimism following a historic year for rain in the mid-Atlantic. The bay received a score of 33, a score the foundation equated to a D+. The foundation has set a […]
Project aims to get 10B oysters in the Chesapeake Bay
A coalition of environmental groups and foundations has made a goal of adding 10 billion oysters to the Chesapeake Bay over the next several years.
In Md., Democrats and Republicans oppose offshore drilling
Environmental groups opposed to allowing offshore drilling near the Maryland coast picked up bipartisan support Tuesday ahead of an open house by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, others, get $1.1M from USDA for farm plan
HAGERSTOWN — The U.S. Agriculture Department is awarding $1.1 million to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and seven partner organizations to help reduce farm-based pollution of the bay. The agency announced the funding this week. It will support about 20 livestock farmers in Maryland as they convert cropland to pasture or adopt new pasture management practices. […]
Chesapeake Bay advocates say oysters need more time
On the eve of the expected release of a report on the state’s five-year-old oyster management program, Chesapeake Bay advocates are calling for the state to delay possible decisions that could open up sanctuary reefs to harvesting. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released its statement in advance of the expected Friday release of a report reviewing […]
Environmentalists critical of Prince George’s development bill
A bill critics say favors developers and weakens forest protections in Prince George’s County has drawn the ire of environmental groups. The Prince George’s delegation on Friday voted to support a bill in the General Assembly that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says exempts specific development projects in the county from the Forest Conservation Act. The […]
Chesapeake Bay Foundation sues Va. over livestock rules
RICHMOND, Va. — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is suing Virginia water protection officials to require large livestock operations to fence off rivers and streams from their animals. The lawsuit, scheduled to be heard Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court, is aimed at keeping dairy cows, cattle, hogs and other livestock out of waterways that drain into […]
A new role for nonprofits saving the bay
While conservation groups typically stick to advocating for policy and regulatory changes, a few Maryland organizations recently found themselves playing an unusual role in helping investigators solve the biggest illegal poaching case on the Chesapeake Bay in 25 years. Earlier this month, the Chesapeake BaySavers Association donated its pledged $10,000 portion of the $20,000 reward […]
CBF can’t challenge Little Island zoning variance
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has no legal right to participate in a battle over a zoning variance for a house and boat ramp on the Magothy River’s Little Island, Maryland’s top court said Monday.