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April 2007

Starbucks teams up with CBF

Starbucks Bring a Cup. Save the Bay.

CBF and Starbucks Coffee Company have joined forces to bring awareness to what people can do to protect the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, and streams. All you have to do is come to one of the 400 Starbucks company-owned stores in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C. and buy your favorite drink. If you bring your own tumbler, Starbucks will fill up your cup AND donate 10 cents from the purchase price to CBF. The offer runs from April 3 to May 14, 2007.

If you don't have a tumbler, get a free one (while supplies last) from 6 to 9:30 a.m. April 3 outside select Washington, D.C.-area Metro stations, including Bethesda, Metro Center, and Farragut North.

New Farm Bill Funding Initiative Launched

Today at 12:15 pm, on the terrace of the Cannon House Building in Washington, D.C., a historic piece of legislation was announced.

Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) introduced the Chesapeake’s Healthy and Environmentally Sound Stewardship of Energy and Agriculture Act of 2007 (CHESSEA).

Read more about CHESSEA

$600,000 in funding announced for groundbreaking projects

From the Government Innovators Network, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has earmarked $600,000 to fund six innovative projects throughout Maryland. Each of these projects, which range in scope and geographic location, focus on two areas: promoting best practices for agricultural management and new approaches to reduce the water quality impact of new development.

Bill seeks to protect watermen's livelihood

Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, R-38-Somerset, testified Wednesday that the state should create a commission to examine ways to protect and preserve the commercial fishing industry's access to public water. Senate Bill 414 would authorize a Working Waterfront Commission to find ways to eliminate or minimize development pressures placed on the seafood industry in order to sustain the more than $1 billion in annual revenue these businesses infuse into local and state economies. (The Daily Times)

10 days left to pass the Green Fund

On Saturday, March 24, the House passed the Green Fund 96-41 - a very good margin of victory. The following Tuesday, CBF delivered 1,300 piggy banks to legislators showing tremendous statewide support for a dedicated fund for Bay clean-up. Now it's time for the Senate to act. The rhetoric is that they want to wait until next year to pass new revenue raising measures. But the Bay can not wait. Pollution does not stop. The 2010 Chesapeake 2000 agreement deadline to clean up the Bay looms large. We must act this year and put the resources in place to reach our clean-up goals.

Please take a minute to call your senator or send the embedded e-mail message and let them know you support a clean Bay and a dedicated fund to clean up the Bay. Eighty-four percent of Marylanders support a dedicated fund to clean up the Bay. Without such a funding source, it could be decades before the Bay and local rivers and streams are cleaned up.

Events this Week

3/22 -- Energy Film Festival and Lecture Series, Films: French Fries to Go, The Vineyard Energy Project, Wind Over Water, Salisbury, MD
3/24 -- REAP Town Hall Meeting, Lancaster, PA
3/24 -- New Date: Monocacy Volunteer Stream Buffer Restoration, Mt. Airy, MD
3/24 -- Volunteer Tree Planting, Tappahannock and Warsaw, VA

Other things we've heard about:

3/24 -- Water Chemistry & Nutrient Dynamics Training Workshop, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, MD

If you have any relevant events in your neck of the woods that you'd like to share with your Chesapeake Bay neighbors, let us know.

60 miles of riparian land along the Rappahannock and Rapidan to be protected

Fredericksburgland618frame1_2The Nature Conservancy announced that the City of Fredericksburg completed a conservation easement preserving approximately 4,232 acres of city-owned land along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers.  The conservation easement is co-held by The Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

Germannabridgeframe328_maryThese riparian forests, which stretch upstream through five counties, provide natural protection of Fredericksburg’s water supply. But with more than a million people living within 30 miles of the property—and with two surrounding counties ranked among the nation’s fastest growing—these river lands face unprecedented development pressures. In addition to protecting more than 32 miles of riverfront along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers, and 26 miles of land along their tributaries, this 4,232-acre conservation easement abuts the 4,539-acre C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area, originally purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1975 and transferred to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 1976.