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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Since 1967, CBF has been the voice of those who care about restoring the United States' largest estuary. Our motto “Save the Bay” has defined that mission to the more than 17 million people who live in the six-state Chesapeake Bay Watershed. CBF is the largest and only independent, Bay-wide organization that exists solely to restore and protect the vitality of the Bay.

Target demographics: Residents of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York who live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Geographic areas served: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York

Programs: Education cbf provided over 30,000 students and teachers with field-based, hands-on education programs at 14 centers in va, md, pa, and dc; trained almost 400 teachers through 27 professional development immersion courses; engaged 49 principals in environmental leadership courses; and taught leadership skills to a select group of 80 students who were interested in taking action on behalf of the bay. See schedule o for continuation (page 54)

environmental protection and restoration (epr) cbf's top program priorities in fy2014 were supporting and implementing the 2010 federal/state/local plan to reduce water pollution in the chesapeake bay and its tributaries by 2025, and defeating efforts to weaken or stop the plan. Cbf restoration programs planted 18 million oyster spat on restoration reefs and 930 acres of stream-side trees. See schedule o for continuation (page 54)

communicationscbf explained the 2010 federal/state plan and defended it from opposition attacks in the press, in digital media, and through the development and distribution of reports and other collateral materials. See schedule o for continuation (page 55)

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

It is heartbreaking to see the state of the Bay today, even given that it has improved slightly over the last few years. As a boy, I recall the bounty of wildlife that inhabited the water and the land around it. Crabs were plentiful. Sharks would steal the fish from your line before you could land your catch. We would fill up a rowboat with spot with just a hand line. What an amazing resource to trash. I feel terrible that my grandchildren will never experience the Bay as I did. We all need to do everything we can to salvage what is left.

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Thomas79

Donor

Rating: 4

I have long been a contributor to CBF. It is even more critical given the current political climate and the fact that the Bay has a long way to go before we can call it restored.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have lived in the Bay area all of my life. I love the waterways!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dad took us crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay when we were growing up. He had a small boat and a trot line. We would get so excited seeing a crab on the line and had great fun netting them and putting them in the boat! They sure were quick as they scooted around the boat! Dad would measure them to see if they were "keepers" and put them in a basket. Mom boiled them when we got home and we would eat them on the back porch picnic table which was covered with newspaper. Great times! Dad is gone now and as a memorial to him I became a member. The automatic withdrawal from my account each month makes me think of Dad and the great times on the Bay.

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Karen421

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived near and played in and on the Chesapeake all my life. Already, in those 60+ years, I have seen a dramatic decrease in the quality of the Bay as well as the Patuxent, Susquehanna and Chester Rivers. In order to learn more about the history of the area surrounding the Bay as well as what can be done to improve it, I have joined CBEC and become a LIFE volunteer there. I also am a board member of KIBCU, Kent Island Beach Clean Ups, which holds frequent clean ups at Terrapin Beach, Matapeake Landing, and for a second year, I will be heading up a cleanup team for the Ocean Conservancy in September. As a Leadership Society Member of MPT, I was invited to attend two panel discussions regarding the state of the Bay, the Conowingo Dam and the sediment problem resulting from it. So, it just makes sense that I also belong to and support the CBF in your efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is leading efforts across the Bay watershed to focus attention, resources and action to properly manage this unique ecosystem for the benefit of the many, and to fight those few who attempt to use government to delay, derail and destroy the collective and individual actions that build participation in preserving, protecting and prospering from the Chesapeake Bay.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

the CBF has been a big part of my life since I discovered it about 5 years ago. It is an incredible program with nothing but members and volunteers who care deeply about the Bay and the organisms that call it home. Without this organization, the Bay would be in much worse shape than it already is, and we need to make a joined effort to save our Bay, because it is vital for so many important reasons. Together, with the CBF, we can stop the downhill direction of the Bay's health, and we will make it a better, clean, healthy home for its organisms and plants. Save the Bay!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Chesapeake Bay Foundation because Clean water is the Earth's salvation. They are doing a good job of helping the earth and its current and future residents by restoring the Bay and teaching others to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does a fantastic job in many ways: 1) fighting in courts to uphold our clean water act / bay blueprint for clean water. unbelievable that people are fighting in court to be able to pollute 2) oyster restoration, unbelievably important to rebalance the filtration system on the bay 3) education - getting kids (and adults too) on board with the science and economics of a healthy Bay

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Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and we harvested the fin fish and shellfish of our river as an important part of our diet. There was always good food available to us. It is important that this sustainable resource be protected for generations to come. I am impressed that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working so hard to make this happen and I will support them in their efforts as long as I am able.

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