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Smart Growth - Be Heard

As referenced in our September e-newsletter, the Maryland Department of Planing is looking for residents' thoughts and ideas on growth.  Another listening session is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Aberdeen High School.

If you haven't been able to attend a session you can still participate by taking the online survey.

So, take the survey and share your thoughts with us, too.

The State of the Bay - Tonight

Sorry to post this so late. Tonight at 9:00, WPSU-TV Channel 3 at Penn State University, will broadcast a panel discussion held earlier this week about the Bay. The program, "Lobby Talks," addresses the science behind the problems causing a decline in water quality, loss of wetlands, forests and shallow water habitats vital to wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay. Panelists include our very own Matt Ehrhart, executive director of CBF's Pennsylvania office.

Tune in or set your DVR!

CBF's Matt Ehrhart Live on WPSU-TV

Join WPSU-TV for a public discussion on the Chesapeake Bay, Tuesday, October 7, at 9:30 a.m.

CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director Matt Ehrhart joins Common Ground host Patty Satalia and other guest experts to discuss the science behind the decline in water quality and the loss of habitats vital to wildlife in the region. The conversation will also address concerns within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and possible solutions.

Panelists include Mr. Ehrhart; Kristen Saacke-Blunk, director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center; Denice Heller Wardrop, assistant director of the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center; and Rick Batiuk, associate director of science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office.

If you live near Penn State University, you can join the conversation as an audience member and participate with questions and comments. (Directions to Innovation Park / Penn State Campus Maps)

The program will also be streamed live at and will be videotaped for future broadcast on WPSU-TV.

For more information, visit the Common Ground website at

If you're able to attend or watch the program, we hope you'll share your thoughts with us.

Join CBF on Oct. 7 for "Environmental Policy and the Next President"

The economy is taking center stage in the presidential debates. But another critical issue our future president will need to address is the future of our environment. Please join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Norfolk, VA for our next Blue Planet Forum, an engaging discussion on "Environmental Policy and the Next President."


Ann Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Donald Luzzatto, Editorial Writer on the Environment for The Virginian-Pilot

Dr. Timmons Roberts, Author and Interim Director, Program in Environmental Science & Policy, College of William & Mary

Cathy Lewis, Public Broadcasting Host, Hear/Say with Cathy Lewis and What Matters, and Executive Director, CIVIC Leadership Institute

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
7:00 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments & cash bar.
Where: Nauticus
One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA  23510
RSVP: Seating is limited. RSVP
online at
via e-mail to
or by calling CBF at 757/622-1964


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has partnered with Nauticus and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to present the lecture series Blue Planet Forum: Exploring the Bay and Beyond. The forum's mission is to educate and engage citizens on important environmental issues affecting Hampton Roads and the nation. Please share this invitation with anyone you know who might be interested.