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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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1 Sandy I.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay needs to be clean & supported for our fresh seafood. That's why crabs are scarce, smaller & extremely expensive. I'm 63 yr.old but when I was a little girl -20's always
bushels of crabs all summer long. Now I just can't afford the price for a dozen that aren't really Maryland crabs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBF is an outstanding organization! Their mission to protect the bay and our water resources is one that I can wholeheartedly support, and the money donated goes to programming that will have an impact on the future of water resources in MD.

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1 Elisabeth F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need to save our natural resources for the survival of the animals and plants who depend on them, as well as human-kind. Without these resources, we are all on the road to extinction. Our destruction of our environment is going to be felt by all. The sooner all of us step up and stop this senseless disregard for our environment, the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our turn of the century farmhouse sits on a tidal river just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay.
The beautiful natural setting is a serene getaway that we share with visitors by making
the farmhouse available for vacation rentals. Our guests see bald eagles, eat oysters
and fish from the river and kayak along miles of natural shoreline.

Contributing to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a monthly basis is our way of giving
back to an organization dedicated to assuring that the natural bounty of the Bay and its
rivers will be available to future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

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1 Kim_122

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a child I was given the opportunity to enjoy summers boating, swimming, fishing and sailing on the Bay with my grandparents and family. What a wonderful place to be! Now as an adult I feel it is my responsibility to help protect this wonderful resource and to make it better for future generations. Living in PA. in a watershed of the CB, I've followed and participated in programs provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and have seen how they are trying to save this national treasure. I know it is a hard task with so much urban sprawl and agricultural road blocks, but the more people are educated the better the Bay will be and our future.

1 Chesapeake F.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am a licensed captain. I have a small sailing business that operates primarily on the Chesapeake Bay. The condition and quality of the Chesapeake Bay is immeasurably important to attracting clients and to my own personal recreation. The news of adding 1500 housing units to Kent Island is extremely alarming and I want to help fight that looming problem.

I recall with some sadness how John Smith and his contemporaries reported the clarity of the water and seeing the biomass of crabs moving across the bottom of the bay and its tributaries. These days, we are lucky to see a foot or below our waterlines. We may never get to THAT level of clarity again but we MUST do better than we are right now.

I am happy to help in this small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I were married on the Chesapeake Bay on June 14th, 2013. I arrive on boat via the bay! The wedding was almost as beautiful as the scenery. The Chesapeake Bay is very near and dear to our hearts. We decided to donate to the CBF as part of our wedding favor (along with a small shaker of Old Bay)! Thanks for all your hard work ... together we can save the bay!

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1 Shawn9

Donor

Rating: 5

I've experienced Port Isobel, and the learning experience about the bay and what one can do to preserve it is invaluable!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My SHELLFISH reasons for supporting the valuable work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are numerous. My reasons in order of importance to me are:
We must sustain this way of life for the waterman- we can not loose this valuable part of our heritage.
Our bay is a major part of my life and can not imagine not being able to enjoy it.
and most SHELLFISHLY-I love fish and shellfish. Eat a fish-save a steer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I enjoyed working with the professionals in the Norfolk Office. I assisted growing oysters and planting underwater grasses in the Lynnhaven. I worked with them at various time during the mid 90's through about 2003.

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