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Photo of the Week: The Bay Wins

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Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP.

Earlier today, in an historic win for clean water across the region, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. For all who love the Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it, THIS is a day to remember. 

And images, like the one above, remind us why this place—and all that call it home—are worth saving. Thanks for joining with us in this Save the Bay movement! 

—Emmy Nicklin
CBF's Senior Manager of Digital Media

Thanks to all of YOU who have stood up for the Bay and her rivers and streams over the years. If you haven't already, show your support once more. Sign our Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint pledge.


Addicted to Making a Difference

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CBF volunteer Kit Johnston (second from right in the middle row of photo above) has lobbied for clean water with CBF as well as for a host of other causes. After taking part in CBF's Lobby Day in Richmond last week, Kit reflects on how one person really can make a difference by meeting with their elected officials.  

Taking time to lobby for issues you believe in during the Virginia General Assembly's short annual session can become a bit addictive. It's intense . . . and empowering. I first got hooked when I linked up with a coalition of environmental and local groups, not including CBF, to lobby our state legislators not to lift the uranium mining ban in Virginia. And we won, with a little help from the National Academy of Sciences and senators and delegates willing to listen.

You may think that your senator and delegate really don't want to hear from you. Or that you will be at a loss for words. You may even assume that the General Assembly dice is loaded against us on funding issues so important to our Bay such as stormwater control. But the fact is, your delegation does want to hear from you. You are a constituent after all. And they really want to know what you have to say. They get tired of hearing from professionals who may have neither your conviction nor the greater public interest in mind. But sometimes they find that folks like you and me have a personal take on the issue at hand that they hadn't considered before. 

Thanks to CBF's Lobby Day this year, I met my new delegate, Nicholas Freitas, for the first time. He turned out to be someone who listens. And someone who seemed to relate to the fact that so many of the farmers in his district will be stuck if this General Assembly doesn't pass additional funding for agricultural practices such as stream exclusion aimed at cleaning upstream waters that feed the Bay.  

As far as I'm concerned, clean water is a right, not a privilege. Every impairment or threat to clean water in Virginia is a threat to public health, safety, welfare, and even national security.

—Kit Johnston, CBF Clean Water Captain
Madison County, Virginia.  

 Learn more about our legislative priorities this year in Virginia.


This Week in the Watershed

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A study released this week found that salt marshes are more resilient to sea-level rise than previously thought. Healthy salt marshes will help protect Chesapeake Bay coastal communities, such as Tangier Island. Photo by Deb Snelson.

In many of Chesapeake Bay's coastal communities, climate change is an unavoidable reality. While warming waters threaten healthy fisheries and more frequent and intense storms endanger property values, it is sea-level rise which likely presents the greatest danger. Notably, tidal flooding is rapidly becoming routine. While this might currently be perceived as just a nuisance, computer models suggest the trend is only going to worsen.

This week, however, brought some good news in combating sea-level rise. A study released by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) found that salt marshes, which are common around the Chesapeake Bay, are more resistant to sea-level rise than previously thought. Indeed, according to Matt Kirwan of VIMS, lead author of the study, salt marshes are able to "fight back" against sea-level rise. This is evidenced by salt marshes building at rates two to three times faster when flooded than when not flooded. When these findings were integrated into computer models, it was found that the marshes migrated and expanded inland. This presents the opportunity to use salt marshes as natural infrastructure to combat sea-level rise throughout the Chesapeake Bay, a practice which other low-lying countries throughout the world are implementing.

In addition to the encouraging findings of salt marshes, the Maryland Senate took a bold step toward combating the cause of climate change, by requiring the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. These reductions will not only alleviate climate change, but it will also clean the air while creating green jobs throughout the state.

Climate change might be an unavoidable reality for the foreseeable future, but capitalizing on natural infrastructure and implementing smart, science-backed policies are great steps. This is true not only in combating climate change but also in the fight to Save the Bay, championed by the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

This Week in the Watershed: Aquaculture, Rising Waters, and #PoultryAct

  • We couldn't agree more with this editorial in support of oyster aquaculture as a strong policy on both the economic and ecological level. (Bay Journal)
  • Maryland's Senate took a big step towards clean air, approving legislation that requires the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. (Washington Post—D.C.)
  • Sea-level rise is a major threat to coastal communities, but a recent study claims that one landscape thought to be vulnerable to rising seas is actually quite resilient. (Daily Press—VA) 
  • Virginia legislators have stepped up to the plate, providing strong funding for measures that reduce pollution from agriculture and sewage treatment plants. (CBF Statement)
  • The first hearings for the Poultry Litter Management Act in Maryland were this week. The legislation seeks to make large poultry companies responsible for excess chicken manure. (Star Democrat—MD)

What's Happening Around the Watershed?

March 3

  • Gloucester Point, VA: CBF’s Virginia Oyster Restoration Center needs volunteers to assist with shell washing. Shells collected through CBF's recycling program will be run through a mechanized shell washer. The clean shells will be bagged up and placed in large tanks for use in oyster restoration efforts. Please RSVP by contacting Heather North at hnorth@cbf.org or call 757-632-3804.

Upcoming

 —Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate


A Restored Chesapeake Bay Hanging in the Balance

American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. EPA


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In December 2010, after more than 25 years(!) of failed agreements between states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to work together to clean up the Bay, EPA, using its authority under the federal Clean Water Act, issued the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). This "TMDL" is a scientific estimate of the maximum amount of pollution a body of water listed as "impaired" can accommodate and still meet water quality standards. 

All six Bay states and the District of Columbia developed and agreed to the pollution limits set in the TMDL, and they developed concrete plans to meet these limits by 2025. The pollution limits and the state plans combined are referred to as the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. As part of the Blueprint, for the first time ever, the federal and state governments agreed to two-year incremental milestones for pollution reductions and established consequences for those states that failed to meet their assigned goals.

But less than two weeks after the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was born, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau filed suit to try to stop the Chesapeake cleanup from moving forward. We, along with several other environmental groups and municipal wastewater treatment providers, moved to intervene in the case to support EPA and the plan to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams. The National Association of Home Builders and several large agricultural lobbying groups like the Fertilizer Institute and National Chicken Growers Association joined the Farm Bureau.

In September 2013, the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania upheld the legality of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, citing it as a model of "cooperative federalism." Yet, the Farm Bureau appealed to the Third Circuit Court and was joined as "friends of the court" by 20 states from outside of the Bay Region. On July 5, 2015, in an historic win for clean water, the Circuit Court upheld the District Court's decision in a unanimous ruling.

Recently, in the latest round of attacks on clean water restoration, the Farm Bureau petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear its challenge to the Blueprint by filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on November 6, 2015. CBF and EPA filed Briefs in Opposition to the Petition for Certiorari on January 19, 2016.

What's at Stake
The Blueprint is a landmark planning tool, created cooperatively between the Bay states and EPA. It's our best—and perhaps last—chance at real clean water restoration in the Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution flowing into the Bay from its tributaries cause dangerous algal blooms, create massive dead zones, and threaten oysters, blue crabs, and all the extraordinary creatures that call the Bay and its rivers home. The Blueprint will limit the flow of these harmful pollutants into the waters we all love. What's more, a recent economic report showed that a restored Bay will reap economic and recreational benefits of $130 billion annually!

The Farm Bureau argues that the Bay TMDL robs the Bay states of their authority, yet no state affected agrees. The states and EPA jointly developed the Bay TMDL and it is the state plans that determine how those pollution limits will be achieved. In fact, none of the Bay states legally challenged the Bay TMDL, and four of the six (and the District of Columbia) actually supported EPA in the court of appeals—they claimed that their rights would be threatened if the Bay TMDL was overturned. Virginia noted in their amicus curiae brief to the Third Circuit that upholding the Bay TMDL would "allow the Bay states and EPA to continue their work together."

What Happens Next
With Supreme Court Justice Scalia's recent death, the court is now comprised of eight justices. It takes four votes for the court to decide to hear the case. If the court rejects the appeal, the Third Circuit decision will stand and the Bay TMDL will be preserved. If the court decides to take the case, the appeal will be briefed over the summer and argued in the fall of 2016 with a decision either late in 2016 or early 2017.

Stay tuned for details on this critical fight!

—Gaby Gilbeau, CBF's Litigation Fellow

Click here to learn more about CBF's litigation efforts.

 

UPDATE: On Monday, Feb. 29, in an historic win for clean water across the region, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

As CBF's Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller said: "For five years we have fought in the courts to defend a commonsense solution to reducing pollution, a solution borne of a cooperative relationship between the states, the federal government, and the citizens of the Bay Region. Today, that fight has ended. Now, we can all lay down the law books and focus on the hard work of restoring the Bay to a healthy and vibrant state." Read more.

 


Farmer Spotlight: St. Brigid's Farm

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Photo courtesy of Judy Gifford.

Tucked away in Kent County's Kennedyville is a land where cows graze on clover, and creeks flow freely. This charming piece of land, known as St. Brigid's Farm, is home to 200 grass-fed beef and dairy cows. The farm is named after St. Brigid, the patron saint of dairymaids and scholars who was renowned for her compassion and often featured with cows at her feet. Partners in the farm have remained steadfast in practices that not only protect the health of the cows but the consumers that rely on responsible stewardship of the land. 

Judy Gifford was raised on a dairy farm, which eventually led her to earning a degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. After 16 years in the public sector, she returned to her roots by establishing a 69-head Jersey dairy operation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with partner Dr. Robert Fry.

Robert graduated from the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. After years of working with cows, he became interested in Managed Intensive Grazing, also known as rotational grazing as a healthier alternative to grain-fed production. After meeting in 1991 and beginning St. Brigid's in 1996, the partnership between Bob and Judy continues to strengthen. 

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St. Brigid’s Farm Partner Judy Gifford. Photo courtesy of Judy Gifford.

The 62-acre farm established in permanent pasture provides relief to the Chesapeake Bay in comparison to many conventional agricultural practices. Despite the benefits of the sustainable farm, Judy explains that small-scale operations are "a dying breed." A host of unique challenges come when considering small-scale farming, such as marketing: "[you] have to be flexible and look at ways to maximize your resources."

But Judy explains that St. Brigid's success is grounded in the three legs they believe make a sustainable farm. "We believe that a farm needs to be economically viable, which we achieve through producing high-quality Jersey milk and grass-fed beef, [be] ecologically sound, and promote community involvement." The rotational grazing practices of St. Brigid's produces healthy cows and meets the pollution limits for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Judy and Robert's dedication to local foods and their community is evident in their annual event Field to Fork. The proceeds from the event are donated to a different organization every year. This past year's benefitted a group that does not feed people but rather rescues them in times of trouble—the Kennedyville Volunteer Fire Department. During the dinner, farmers and consumers sit side-by-side in the green pasture enjoying a four-course meal grown from Maryland soil.

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St. Brigid's annual Field to Fork dinner. Photo courtesy of Linda Farwell.

In addition to their commitment to their community, St. Brigid's Farm is a partner of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Chesapeake Chapter, which promotes local and sustainable foods by connecting consumers to producers, and which CBF coordinates. St. Brigid's is also a partner in the Maryland Grazers Networka mentorship program that pairs experienced producers with farmers who want to learn new grazing skills. Sustainable practices, like rotational grazing, have allowed St. Brigid's to develop a healthier product for the consumer. In stark contrast to the confined animal operations that line the Eastern Shore, Judy and Robert demonstrate just one success story of the great things that can happen when science and the land come together in harmony.

—Kellie Rogers

Maryland farmers like Bob and Judy are doing their part to clean up pollution to their local waterways. So why is it that big poultry companies take little responsibility for the harmful waste their chickens produce?! This week, Maryland legislators are considering the Poultry Management Litter Act, which requires big chicken companies to take responsibility. This legislation would ensure cleaner, healthier waters for us all, and it would protect Maryland farmers and taxpayers from costs that should be borne by the large poultry companies. Click here to learn more and to send a message to your legislator.

Learn more about how farmers across the watershed are working to improve both water quality and farm productivity in our Farmers' Success Stories series.

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Photo courtesy of Linda Farwell.

 


Approve Funding to Keep Virginia Waters Clean

The following first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot.

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Funding for Virginia stormwater grants might expire soon, leaving polluted runoff as a serious threat to the state's waters. Photo by Krista Schlyer/iLCP. .

We're fortunate in Hampton Roads to be surrounded by beautiful rivers, bays, and the Atlantic Ocean. Not only does all this water improve our quality of life, but it is also a huge driver for our economy.

Fishing, boating, water- sports, and beaches attract tourists, residents, and workers. All of it depends on clean water.

These waters have been damaged.

Every rainfall in Hampton Roads picks up pollution from our buildings, streets, and parking lots. This runoff washes a destructive mix of oil, fertilizers, pet waste, pesticides, dirt, and litter directly into local creeks and rivers.

The health of our waters suffers. High bacteria levels close beaches. Algae clouds our waterways, and summertime algal blooms deplete oxygen in the water and smother fish and other sea life. In some cases, these blooms can even pose risks to swimmers and those who eat shellfish.

Luckily, we know what needs to be done to restore our waterways, and Virginia has a cleanup plan in place.

In recent years the state has provided matching grants to local governments for implementing effective upgrades to stormwater systems, reducing polluted runoff. They include measures like bioretention ponds and stream and wetland restorations, projects that filter water and build resiliency in the face of recurrent flooding.

That work is far from finished, and we may soon be missing a crucial part of the solution. Right now the Virginia General Assembly is making budget decisions for the next two years, and as it stands, funding could very well dry up for state stormwater grants.

The introduced budget did not include any money for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which has provided matching grants for local projects.

Legislators need to act in the coming weeks to make sure that the program remains strong. That's why they should support funding proposals currently being considered to provide $50 million for stormwater grants in each of the next two years.

It's even more critical for the six Hampton Roads cities, which this spring are slated to receive updated, more protective, federally required stormwater permits.

Those permits will mandate stormwater upgrades, potentially leading to big financial challenges for local governments. State matching grants have been available to assist with this work, but if legislators decline to replenish the funding in the coming weeks, cities in Hampton Roads and elsewhere will be left on their own.

No region in Virginia stands to benefit more from this program than Hampton Roads. At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, this region has to deal with our own pollution and whatever comes downstream from elsewhere. It's just common sense that Hampton Roads legislators would back statewide stormwater funding.

Other Virginia programs have also made progress in improving water quality. Farmers are reducing agricultural pollution. The modernization of wastewater treatment plants is greatly reducing pollution in Virginia's rivers.

But efforts to reduce pollution from urban areas is woefully behind. In fact, stormwater is the only major source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay that has actually increased in recent years.

Polluted runoff is a difficult problem, but one with known solutions.

Robust support for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund will help Virginians in Hampton Roads and across the commonwealth to enjoy the benefits of clean water.

—Christy Everett, CBF's Hampton Roads Director


Photo of the Week: Evening on Solomons Island

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The Bay and the Chesapeake watershed have been part of my life since childhood. I spent a great deal of time in my youth at my aunt's home on the Choptank River. Boating, fishing, crabbing as a child helped forge my love of the Bay and the outdoor life. I spent my working years in the music industry. At age 50, I left the wild life for wildlife. Most of my photography owes its origins to my love of the Chesapeake Bay.

—Michael Oberman

Ensure that Michael and future generations continue to enjoy extraordinary places like these along the Chesapeake. Support the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the plan to Save the Bay! 

Do you have a favorite Chesapeake photo you'd like to submit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Photo of the Week contest? Send your digital images to CBF's Senior Manager of Digital Media, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign] cbf.org, along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo, and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. We look forward to seeing your photos!


This Week in the Watershed

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Our love for the Bay is what drives us. Photo by CBF Staff.

From sewage and septic system failures; to polluted runoff from our farms, urban, and suburban areas; to climate change, the Chesapeake Bay faces many threats. Here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we are always fighting to save the Bay, whether through advocating for specific policies, taking polluters to court, healing the Bay through restoration efforts, or nurturing the next generation of Bay stewards through our education program. This past week with the celebration of Valentine's Day, we took a moment to reflect on what drives us.

Simply put—we love the Bay. This national treasure is loved by many for countless reasons—the fun we can have in the great outdoors, swimming, boating, or fishing; the nature we can witness, from ospreys, to brook trout, to blue crabs; the stunning beauty we can experience, from a cool Bay breeze on a summer day, to water so still it mirrors the sky, to a gorgeous sunset. And lest we forget, the Bay not only provides us enjoyment, it also sustains us. The bounty from these waters provides millions of dollars to the economy and fills dinner plates across the country.

No matter why you love the Bay and its rivers and streams, we're excited you're here to join us in our journey to clean these precious waters. Stay tuned as we continue to fight to save the Bay we all love.

Can't get enough Bay love? Watch (and share!) this inspiring video of Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, discussing how restoring our lands and waters and protecting the Earth for future generations is really an act of love.

This Week in the Watershed: Forks in the Road, Bay Champions, and Mystery Fecal Matter

  • The proposed expansion of Route 32 in Howard County is a long-time debate between those arguing it will improve road safety and bring jobs while others contend it will yield more traffic and encourage homebuilding that encroaches upon farmland and open space. The debate has reached a fork in the road, as Governor Hogan has funded the expansion. (Baltimore Sun—MD)
  • A Baltimore mayoral forum on environmental matters facing Baltimore discussed topics ranging from lead paint throughout the city to sewage spills. (Baltimore Sun—MD)
  • Long-time Bay advocate Bernie Fowler, a former Maryland state senator and current member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, was honored by the Maryland House and Senate for his efforts as a "tireless and persistent champion" of restoring the Bay. (Bay Journal)
  • Dominion Virginia Power Company plans to release about 215 million gallons of treated coal-ash water in a tributary of the Potomac River. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh intends to fight that plan in court. (Washington Post—D.C.)
  • Hilton Beach in Newport News, VA has found human and animal fecal matter on its shores for well over a decade. The issue? The source of the matter and its accompanying bacteria are a mystery. (Daily Press—VA) 
  • We couldn't agree more with this op-ed calling for big chicken companies to take responsibility for their waste and its impact on the Bay and local communities through the passing of the Poultry Litter Management Act in Maryland. (Washington Post—D.C.)

What's Happening Around the Watershed?

February 25

  • Charlottesville, VA: Enjoy an intimate dinner to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with music provided by Michael Coleman and Butch Taylor. Savor Bold Rock Cider, Rappahannock Oysters, and live music before a seated dinner of freshly prepared wildfowl and game by Chef Tomas presented with a selection of Spanish wines. Proceeds from this event benefit CBF. Click here for more information and to buy tickets!
  • Richmond, VA: Enjoy tasty sweets and sweet knowledge at CBF's Desserts and Discussion, where we'll learn about different aspects of our local waterways! This month's topic is wetlands and their importance to water quality. Bring a dessert to share with the group and win a prize for the most delicious contribution! CBF will also provide coffee, tea, and other drinks. Click here to register!

—Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate


Restoring Virginia's Waterways Depends on Support This GA Session

The following first appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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The James River and other Virginia waterways have improved, but funding is still needed for Virginia to meet its clean water commitments. Photo by Jillian Chilson.

As Virginians, we have much to be thankful for these days when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay and our rivers that feed it. We've witnessed the return of underwater grasses in some areas of the James River, the resurgence of our iconic Chesapeake oyster industry in many Virginia tributaries, and the arrival of surprisingly clear water in the bay just last fall.

But thousands of miles of our rivers and streams are still damaged by pollution and listed as impaired waters by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

With the General Assembly now in full swing, the commonwealth's legislators should fully fund the clean water projects that will continue the encouraging improvements we've seen.

Restoring Virginia's waters is the right thing to do. A federal-state partnership has developed the Clean Water Blueprint to clean up the region's waterways, and Virginia is making steady progress toward meeting its goals.

Programs underway across the state are helping Virginia meet its commitments to cleaner water. In Richmond and other urban and suburban areas, localities are better controlling polluted runoff washing off hard surfaces such as streets, parking lots and sidewalks. In a long-term successful program, Virginia's sewage treatment plants are installing technologies that ensure cleaner water in local rivers. In rural parts of the commonwealth, farmers are putting practices on the ground that keep pollution out of waterways.

All of these projects desperately depend on state dollars for success. It's a wise investment, given that the cost of implementing the Clean Water Blueprint is estimated to come back fourfold in economic benefits. In fact, Virginia stands to see an $8.3 billion increase annually in economic value from taking the actions necessary to restore water quality, according to a peer-reviewed report commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Cleaner waterways boost our economy through recreation, tourism, commercial fishing, higher property values, and better quality of life. Here in Richmond, we're starting to reap the rewards of a significantly restored James River—once closed down due to kepone and other pollutants and now the city's most popular attraction. Our river has become a mecca for boaters, hikers, paddlers, and fishermen; festivals are celebrated all summer along its banks; and the James is the focus of commercial and residential redevelopment projects.

This General Assembly session, Virginia's legislators are considering budget proposals to fund programs that will make a big difference. For example, some of the most cost-efficient steps to restore waterways are farm conservation practices like fencing cattle out of waterways, and planting waterside trees and cover crops. Farmers have been eager to do their share, with so many signing up for a state cost-share program to keep cattle from streams that there's now a hefty backlog in funding. Nearly 1,200 stream-fencing applications are still pending, according to recent numbers by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

We can't let these farmers down. Addressing this backlog will spread proven farm practices and help Virginia meet water quality goals. Legislators should approve budget amendments introduced by Sen. Lynwood Lewis and Del. Michael Webert that would increase funding for farm conservation practices to a total of $82.6 million next fiscal year and $86 million the following year.

State funding can also help localities make long-needed upgrades to reduce pollution from urban and suburban runoff. The Stormwater Local Assistance Fund provides matching grants to localities for effective, shovel-ready projects. This program needs $50 million annually, as reported by the coalition of businesses and conservation organizations VirginiaForever. Accordingly, the General Assembly should adopt budget proposals for stormwater funding offered by Sen. Emmett Hanger and Dels. Steven Landes and Alfonso Lopez.

Sewage plant upgrades are another potential success story. While the installation of new technology has helped wastewater treatment plants prevent untreated sewage and other harmful pollutants from entering our waterways, the modernization process isn't finished yet. To ensure that this vital work is completed, legislators should support the $59 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades proposed by the governor and included in bills introduced by Hanger and Landes.

Our rivers, our streams, and the bay are a key part of our culture; they provide recreation and water to drink, and they boost the economy. Please ask your legislator to support full funding for Virginia's clean water programs. The health of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay depends on it.

—Rebecca LePrell, CBF Virginia Executive Director


Photo of the Week: Sunset on Moran Creek


BobWaylandThis photo was taken on Moran Creek just after a major storm had passed. 

I have lived in the watershed most of my life and spent 28 years of my working life at the Environmental Protection Agency. I am now very fortunate to live where I can see, on a daily basis, one of the key resources I worked to protect and restore. I now volunteer for the Bay.

It is especially gratifying to see bald eagles perching in our yard—a living testimony to the courageous decision 45 years ago by EPA's first Administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus, to ban DDT.

—Bob Wayland

 

Ensure that Bob and future generations continue to enjoy extraordinary places like these along the Chesapeake. Support the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the plan to Save the Bay! 

Do you have a favorite Chesapeake photo you'd like to submit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Photo of the Week contest? Send your digital images to CBF's Senior Manager of Digital Media, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign] cbf.org, along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo, and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. We look forward to seeing your photos!