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7:33 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Most Environmentally Friendly Building Comes to Virginia Beach

Brock Environmental Center
Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is opening what it says is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

The Brock Environmental Center's grand opening is set for Friday in Virginia Beach.

The center near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay will be home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's environmental education programs. The center will also provide space for other local conservation partners.

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12:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Mixed Results for Eastern Shore County Bay Cleanup Efforts

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says three Eastern Shore counties have failed to file plans with the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up the bay over the next two years.

Those were Caroline, Dorchester and Worcester Counties.

In addition, CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition noted that Dorchester had not submitted a milestone progress report.

Meanwhile, the environmental groups said that Wicomico County has secured $700-thousand in county and outside grants…to begin designing and installing clean-up measures.

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9:05 am
Wed June 11, 2014

CBF: Chesapeake Bay Improving Pollution Reduction

Credit Angela Byrd

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study finds states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have made strides in reducing pollution in the nation's largest estuary. But it found many jurisdictions in the six-state watershed are falling short in curtailing pollution from farming as well as urban and suburban runoff.

The study is being released Wednesday by two environmental watchdog groups, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Choose Clean Water Coalition.

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9:16 am
Wed August 28, 2013

New Maryland Emergency Fertilizer Rules Could Be Phased In

Credit Don Rush

Maryland Department of Agriculture pulls emergency fertilizer regulations. However, there are expectations that the new rule will be phased in overtime.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports:

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8:43 am
Wed August 21, 2013

CBF Files to Intervene in Conowingo Dam Relicensing

Conowingo Dam
Credit Exelon Corporation website

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has filed to intervene in the relicensing of the hydropower facility at the Conowingo Dam.

The foundation said Tuesday that it will urge a solution to the effects the dam has on water quality and habitat.

The Conowingo Project on the Susquehanna River is owned by Exelon Corp. The license for the project expires in September 2014.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses the dam.

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9:06 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Marylanders Divided Over Farm Pollution Reprieve

Credit Don Rush

If they agree to mitigate water pollution Maryland farmers will get a 10-year reprieve from the state in implementing new water quality regulations.

The choice is the result of legislation under the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program approved during the last session.

But farmers do have questions about how the new law may work.

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8:37 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been awarded a $198,740 grant to work with farmers in Virginia.

The funding announced Tuesday from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation train more Virginia farmers on sustainable grazing management and other environmental-friendly practices. The objective of the partnership is to reduce the flow of pollutants and sediments into the Chesapeake Bay.

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3:39 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rezoning of Farmland Overturned in Queen Anne's County

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation hailed a decision by the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court that overturned a decision to rezone nearly 600 acres of agricultural lands for commercial and residential development. 

By a 3-to-2 vote in November of last year the County Commissioners approved the rezoning, despite objections by two of the commissioners that this would have an adverse impact on neighboring residents.

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9:16 am
Tue August 7, 2012

House Drought Relief Measure Slammed by CBF

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The House of Representatives has approved a drought relief measure that environmentalists say will take money away from restoration efforts for the Chesapeake Bay. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush interviewed John Siglin, lobbyist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

8:59 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Making Progress in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is on schedule.

That’s the conclusion of federal and state officials as well as environmentalists during a meeting in Virginia of representatives from the Bay States and District of Columbia as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

The assessment is based on a two-year review of the goals in “a pollution diet” for the bay aimed at cutting the flow of farm and urban runoff and water polluted by sewage and storm overflows from entering the bay.

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12:53 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Senate Approved Farm Bill Keeps Bay Conservation Programs

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland senators say a farm bill passed by the Senate retains important bay conservation programs.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, meanwhile, says it is encouraged by the bill passed Thursday. The foundation says the Senate had originally eliminated $50 million a year in cost-share programs for farmers, which senators from bay states were able to save.

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9:07 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental Group Says Not Enough Being Spent by Maryland to Clean Up Bay


            An environmental group says there is not enough money being spent to fund Maryland’s bay restoration plan.

            The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost said that while the state is halfway to its bay restoration goals lawmakers must come up with more money and make policy changes.

            Otherwise, he adds, the job will not get done as promised.

            Among the measures needed is funding for upgrading sewage treatment plants…and storm water systems.

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