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Keep Watch for the Newest Member of CBF's Fleet


There's a new CBF boat on the bay! The Bea Hayman Clark was recently built in Crisfield, MD and will serve as the education vessel for CBF's Hampton Roads, VA operations. A generous charitable gift from Fred and Karen Clark turned our dream into reality. The boat will be christened before the end of June.

The Bea Hayman Clark is a 50-foot vessel built at Evans Boats in Crisfield. Her large deck provides ample space for education programs, her 49-passenger capacity will allow CBF to accommodate full classes, and her fully electric Cummins 230 Hp diesel engine runs quietly--also a boon for educators. The engine, which can also run on biodiesel, is smaller than what would typically power such a boat, burning 50% less fuel while still powerful enough to make 15 knots.

Dr. H. Fred Clark spent many years researching a cure for rotavirus, a disease that kills thousands of children each year. In the late 1990's, Clark and two other scientists received the patent for a vaccine, which the Food and Drug Administration licensed for use in 2006. Dr. Karen J. Clark has spent her life in public school education and is a strong believer that field experiences like the ones CBF provides can play an enormous role in children's lives.

The vessel is named after Fred Clark's mother, Bea Hayman Clark, who is originally from Pocomoke, MD. Bay Watcher, which currently operates in Hampton Roads, will move to Hopewell to fill the gap left when the Chesapeake was retired last year.

John Smith Campaign Update

As of this morning, 516 people have signed the petition. Have you? Join the campaign and help get our Presidential candidates to sit up and take notice of the need for more meaningful federal involvement in restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay and addressing serious water quality issues affecting waterways throughout America.

* The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. It does not endorse candidates. CBF is running a fictional candidate, Captain John Smith, to elevate the Bay and clean water in the presidential election.

New Online Tool Helps Local Groups Track Water Quality

Imrivers Riverkeepers, watershed associations, and other groups that track water quality should be interested in IMRivers. This interactive mapping tool is very impressive! Unfortunately, there's no information on their website about costs, so I'm waiting to hear back from Dr. Wansoo Im, the tool's creator.

One of the latest groups to start using the tool is the San Diego River Park Foundation.

Some other organizations have started using IMRivers for other purposes: the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's map lets you view images along the river's shoreline; the Delaware & Raritan Canal Community created their own interactive photo album, and Chatham High School is using it to map its student-led water quality testing project.

It's Official! A New Presidential Candidate* Throws His Hat Into the Fray

Captain John Smith for PresidentAnd you thought he was dead! Yes,it's true, the man who explored and mapped the Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago has announced his candidacy for President*.



Here's his campaign video to prove it:

He is running on a platform to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and waterways nationwide. Smith made his announcement yesterday from his campaign headquarters at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Center in Annapolis.

"My vision is for a clean and restored Chesapeake Bay, with abundant fish, crabs, and oysters, a region with healthy farms and a vibrant seafood economy, just like in the old days," the red-bearded explorer said.

Dsc_0038"But I stand not just for a clean Chesapeake Bay; I stand for clean rivers and streams all across America. For if we can clean up the Chesapeake Bay—and working together we bloody well can—we can clean up every stream, river, and bay in this country. We can make the Chesapeake a model for restoration success, for the rest of the nation and for the rest of the world."

You can find out more -- and sign a petition -- at

More videos coming soon!

Now, a word from our attorneys:
* The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. It does not endorse candidates. CBF is running a fictional candidate, Captain John Smith, to elevate the Bay and clean water in the presidential election.

Farmers share their conservation tips

Working at CBF has it’s advantages, but sometimes the news and feedback you get on a wide range of topics is just…impressive. On the, Ted Shelsby wrote, in his On the Farm section:

“Many farmers hire scouts to search their fields, identify problems, recommend management techniques and implement action to protect crops. Homeowners can take similar management steps before turning to pesticides.”

The more I work at CBF the more I learn just how much we as homeowners, farmers and inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay region have an impact our soil and water resources; both positively and negatively. I was really impressed with the amount of information that the farmers offered that home owners are able to put in place for a healthier environment and bay friendly home. Some of the tips seem like common sense, but if they were common place we’d all be working towards a healthier land and bay.

Take some time to check out "Farmers Share Their Conservation Tips".

Open Competition for Chesapeake Clean-Up Funds

One of the biggest questions surrounding Maryland's new 2010 Trust Fund, created this year to help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, is how the $25 million allotment will be distributed. Yesterday, Gov. O'Malley announced a new competitive process that lets local governments, community groups, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private enterprises to apply for grants from the fund.

What do you think? Is the new process an improvement over business-as-usual?

Chesapeake Bay Guitar Project - June 2008 Update

Andy Rathgeber creates some smooth melodies on 'Stars and Stripes' All six Chesapeake Bay Guitar Project guitars were completed on schedule and were unveiled at the Festival hosted by Emory and Charlene Knode at the Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville on May 17. The event was a huge success, with a number of great performers playing the guitars, singing, and entertaining the festival attendees.  First up were Bob Walters, Mike Walls and Deb Peitavino, who performed a selection of songs, including “Chesapeake," an original song that that Bob composed specifically for this event. They were followed by Andy Rathgeber (pictured), Charles Roe, Michael Cassidy and his wife Joie Frye, and Pat MacCubbin, all very talented performers.

Rick Landers and photographer Mike Davis were present from Modern Guitars Magazine. Rick conducted an interview with myself and Emory, while Mike took some great shots of the guitars, the store, and the event happenings. The interview and photos have been published on the Modern Guitars website.

All in all, this was a great day, with live music and refreshments, the Chesapeake Bay guitars, and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation providing information about their efforts to preserve the Bay. There are guitars still available for purchase, and they are on display at Appalachian Bluegrass. To inquire, please contact Emory Knode at Appalachian Bluegrass either by phone (410-744-1144) or Internet website (

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this project and event a success. A special thanks to Craig Lavin for his beautiful and inspired inlay artwork on the guitars. He is a true artist.

Photo courtesy Claire MacCubbin

Dave MacCubbin