Taking Bets on Innovation

January 16, 2018

CBF President Will Baker and Quantified Ventures CEO Eric Letsinger discuss a promising new way for municipalities to finance pollution-reducing green infrastructure.

Find out more about Environmental Impact Bonds.

Photo credit Elliott O'Donovan

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Penn’s Woods

January 3, 2018

CBF President Will Baker talks with Bill Chain, CBF’s Senior Agriculture Program Manager in Pennsylvania, about the role of trees in cleaner water in Pennsylvania streams and the Bay.

Program Notes:

01:50  How a 20-year farmer and educator ended up as Senior Agriculture Program Manager at CBF.
04:37  What role trees, where they are, and how they're placed has in improving water quality in Pennsylvania and down stream.
10:21  What is a forested riparian buffer?
12:26  Other ways trees benefit streams besides pollution reduction.
17:30  Why it's important for farmers to keep cows out of streams (besides the obvious).
20:00  Education and CBF in Pennsylvania.

Check out some of the ways CBF is helping farmers implement stream buffers and other water quality efforts in Pennsylvania on our website.

Photo credit: BJ Small/CBF Staff

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

December 19, 2017

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF Attorney Alayna Chuney about some new developments in the effort to reduce the harmful pollution coming from Baltimore City's Wheelabrator trash incinerator.

Program Notes

1:09  About the Wheelabrator trash incinerator.
4:00  About Dr. George Thurston's health report on health care costs resulting from the Wheelabrator facility's emissions.
7:50  The process of reviewing regulations
9:00  Water quality impacts.

Download Dr. George Thurston's report "The Public Health Impacts of Air Emissions from the Wheelabrator Facility" at cbf.org/wheelabrator.

Photo credit: CBF Staff

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A Shot in the Arm

December 5, 2017

CBF President Will Baker talks with Senior Water Quality Scientist Dr. Beth McGee about opportunities to help farmers reduce water pollution and improve their bottom lines.

Program Notes:

01:05   Why putting agricultural best management practices in place can help our water quality.

04:20   About the Federal Farm Bill and funding for the Bay watershed.

07:30   Addressing deficiencies in the current Farm Bill with the Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancement Act of 2017

11:55   CBF's role in facilitating Farm Bill program funding for farmers and creating partnerships.

14:30   The importance of availablity of technical assistance for farmers

15:20   Governors and congressional representatives supporting the legislation.

Find out more about the Federal Farm Bill and the Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancement Act of 2017 at cbf.org/farmbill.

Photo by Benjamin Tankersley

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A Mixed Bag for Menhaden

November 21, 2017

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore about recent developments in the management of the Bay's most important fish.

Find out more about the current state of the menhaden fishery.

Watch the video "Why Are Menhaden the Most Important Fish In the Sea?"

Photo credit © Jay Fleming

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A Badge of Courage

November 7, 2017

CBF President Will Baker sits down with DC Water General Manager and innovative environmentalist George Hawkins to discuss the ins and outs of distributing drinking water to and collecting wastewater from millions of capital-area residents and visitors. Find out about some of the biggest innovative green power and infrastructure projects you've probably never heard of.

Program Notes:

02:14   A look at Washington, D.C.'s water and sewage footprint.

11:09   Just how clean is the water coming out of the Blue Plains water treatment plant?

13:00   DC Water's advanced waste-to-energy water treatment plant is the largest of its kind in the world.

18:00   With a goal of becoming power self-sufficient, DC Water is taking on new solar and microgrid projects.

20:20   One of the cleanest biosolid soil amendments available.

21:40   Behind DC Water's $2.6 billion public works project to solve the challenges of D.C.'s combined sewer system and how an innovative funding program called Environmental Investment Bonds is enabling an exciting new green infrastructure project.

30:50   A look at DC Water's innovation-focused culture and what it means for employees and rate payers.

Learn more about Environmental Impact Bonds.

Photo credit DC Water

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My Pet Oysters

October 24, 2017

CBF President Will Baker interviews CBF's youngest official oyster gardener, Graham Mitchell, about the oysters he is raising and the good they will do for the Chesapeake Bay.

Learn more about oyster gardening with CBF in Maryland and Virginia.

Photo credit Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

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Up In the Air

October 11, 2017

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF attorneys Ariel Solaski and Alayna Chuney about recent litigation aimed at reducing the air pollution from neighboring states that negatively affects the health of our citizens and our waterways.

Program Notes:

02:20  An overview of the lawsuit
08:10  Air pollution's impact on human health and how this lawsuit can have an impact
12:35  CBF's litigation team and the issues they are working on
16:04  What's coming up for the current litigation case

Find out more about the case at cbf.org/upwind.

Photo credit: iStock

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A Clean Bay Makes Good Business Sense

September 26, 2017

CBF President Will Baker talks with Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Keith Martin about the importance of clean water to a healthy economy and the interest of Virginia's voters and businesses in a clean Chesapeake Bay.

Links from today's podcast:

Key findings from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce survey of voter attitudes in the Commonwealth. 

Virginia Chamber of Commerce "Blueprint Virginia 2025"

Photo credit: Kaveh Sardari, Sardari Group

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The Most Important Fish

September 12, 2017

CBF President Will Baker gets the latest on menhaden from Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden.

Menhaden management is absolutely critical for the future of the Chesapeake Bay. If you are concerned about the levels of menhaden, having forage species available, and the management of menhaden by politicians, not scientists, find out about the public hearings coming up this fall which will influence the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's decision making on the future of Chesapeake menhaden.

Virginia listeners—let your elected officials know you are concerned about the plight of menhaden and their ability to be part of the great Chesapeake Bay system, and encourage conservation first.

Photo courtesy Allison Colden

PROGRAM NOTES

01:54 What it means to be "the most important fish in the sea"

03:28 What the industrial menhaden fishery looks like

06:10 Menhaden for bait

07:00 Ecological concerns

13:05 Fishery management is making a difference, now the industry is pushing back

15:13 The importance of small menhaden in the Chesapeake nursery vs. large menhaden in the ocean

16:40 Amendment 3 and the scientific principal of ecological reference points

18:30 Menhaden as filter feeders: transforming algae into energy for larger fish

21:00 What does the loss of menhaden as forage fish mean for the great Chesapeake striped bass?

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