Learning from Each Other

June 19, 2018

CBF President Will Baker talks with Chanté Coleman, Choose Clean Water Coalition Director, about the challenges of running a coalition organization and how members benefit.

EPISODE NOTES:

03:55  How the Coalition is helping Chesapeake watershed organizations diversify their environmental outreach and membership.
06:15  What kind of organizations belong to the Choose Clean Water Coalition?
08:15  How the Coalition provides support for members.
09:15  What, and how, members can learn from each other.
10:50  Chanté's five-year outlook for the Coalition.
12:00  Priority: Supporting the Chesapeake Bay Program on Capitol Hill.

From this episode:

The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint Midpoint Assessment

Find out more about the Coalition at ChooseCleanWater.org.

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Are We On Track?

June 5, 2018

At the halfway mark in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, CBF President Will Baker and Dr. Beth McGee, CBF's Director of Science and Agriculture Policy, assess progress in pollution reduction across the region.

EPISODE NOTES

01:28  Overview of midpoint progress
02:35  The impact of sewage treatment plants
03:25  Trends for other sectors
03:55  Progress in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia
05:15  Funding for pollution reduction efforts
09:58  CBF's efforts helping farmers in Pennsylvania and the importance of planting trees.
11:15  Scientific basis for targeting geographic locations of where funding will have the greatest impact.
13:06  Air pollution's contribution to nitrogen pollution in the Bay and regulations being rolled back.
16:44  Maryland's Back River Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade project
18:15  What gives us hope; what worries us

 
From this episode:

Find out more about the Blueprint Midpoint Report

Tell your elected officials to make sure the Federal Farm Bill contains conservation funding. Find your representative's contact information here.

Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership

The importance of trees to pollution reduction, our health, our economy, and our environment

CBF Report: Closing Pennsylvania's Pollution-Reduction Gap

Photo credit: Benjamin Tankersley

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Worth Repeating: Grasses = Crabs

May 23, 2018

(This episode originally aired June 6, 2017) CBF President Will Baker sits down with longtime CBF staffer Bart Jaeger to talk about the relationship between underwater grasses and the Bay’s blue crab population.

Watch the Back to Baysics: Underwater Grasses video.

Photo courtesy of Bart Jaeger/CBF Staff

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Parachutes for the Planet

May 8, 2018

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF Student Bay Advisory Council Member Kallan Benson about the urgency of climate change and her creative efforts to make a difference.

Find out more at the Mother Earth Project.

Learn more about the Zero Hour movement.

Photo Credit: Megan Fink/CBF Staff

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Clean Water Grows on Trees

April 24, 2018

CBF President Will Baker and CBF Pennsylvania Outreach Manager Lane Whigham announce the launch of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, a group effort to improve water quality in Pennsylvania and the Bay.

EPISODE NOTES:

02:00   What 10 million trees can do for water and air quality in Pennsylvania.

04:12   Who is participating.

11:40   Making history in nine days in Pennsylvania.

13:00   The economics of planting 10 million trees by 2025.

Learn more at TenMillionTrees.org

Photo credit: CBF Staff

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Making Sausage

April 10, 2018

CBF President Will Baker and CBF Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost talk about the legislative process and the outcome of this year’s Maryland General Assembly Session.

Episode Notes:

01:28 What happened to Maryland's innovation and leadership?

03:38 Good news on the budget front.

04:58 The mystery of the disappearing forest conservation study bill.

18:13 Advice to environmental voters.

Find out more about Maryland's disappearing forests, see our wrap-up of the rest of the Maryland General Assembly session, and see what other issues are causing challenges for clean water in Maryland.

Photo credit: Nikki Davis

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No Drill, No Spill

March 27, 2018

CBF President Will Baker and CBF Litigation Fellow Brittany Wright discuss the dangers of offshore drilling and the current administration's plan to put the Chesapeake Bay at risk.

Program Notes

02:00 The federal government's proposal for offshore oil and gas drilling.
03:00 Why CBF is concerned.
04:30 Why ocean drilling is a concern for blue crabs.
05:25 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) process for developing five-year plan for potential lease sales.
09:35 Timeframe for remaining stages of the process.
10:20 Florida's exemption and the role of governors and Congress.
12:06 How an estuary is affected by oil pollution.
13:15 How offshore drilling impacts Naval Station Norfolk's ability to do its job.
14:36 The National Environmental Policy Act, how it relates to this issue, and how this issue relates to climate change and the safety of the oil and gas industry.

Reference:

Flowchart graphic of Oil and Gas Leasing and Development Process, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Petroleum in the Estuary, 1974, Curt D. Rose

CBF Comments on BOEM's 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program

Contact your Governor and Congressional Representatives

Follow the issue on CBF's Offshore Drilling web page.

Photo credit: CBF Staff

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Breaking Good

March 13, 2018

CBF President Will Baker talks to college seniors Kara Adams and Makenzie Koski about their Alternative Spring Break experiences volunteering to help Save the Bay.

Find out more about CBF's oyster restoration program and how you can get involved in Maryland and Virginia.

Program Notes

02:28 What is Alternative Spring Break?

04:36 Helping the environment isn't just for environmental majors.

11:36 Critical thinking and strategic action.

12:38 Learning about oyster restoration.

Find out more about CBF's oyster restoration program and how you can get involved in Maryland and Virginia.

-Photo credit Loren Barnett/CBF Staff

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10 Billion Oysters for a Clean Chesapeake Bay

February 27, 2018

CBF President Will Baker, National Aquarium President John Racanelli, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science President Emeritus Dr. Don Boesch, and Hoopers Island Oyster Company Founder Johnny Shockley announce a very exciting partnership to place ten billion new oysters in Chesapeake Bay by 2025.

Find out more about the partnership, how it plans to achieve its audacious goal, and what you can do to get involved. Visit the partnership website at TenBillionOysters.org.

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Breaking News: Menhaden Maneuvers

February 13, 2018

In an update on "Keep the Cap" (Episode 74), CBF President Will Baker and Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden discuss Omega Protein's industrial-scale menhaden fishing operation in Virginia and what impact the company's opposition to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Bay cap could have on Bay fish populations, as well as the local sport and commercial fishing economies.

Program Notes

03:16 - Omega Protein, the only industrial-scale menhaden fishing operation on the Chesapeake Bay, has a major stake in preventing Virginia from enforcing the ASMFC cap on the menhaden fishery in Chesapeake Bay.

06:50 - Why the overwhelming majority of ASMFC commissioners from states up and down the coast supported the Bay cap.

07:58 - The next step for menhaden in Virginia.

09:00 - Omega Protein's astounding allocation of the menhaden catch both coastwide and within Chesapeake Bay, and the potential impact the company's new foreign ownership may have on local fish populations, as well as on the local Bay sport and commercial fishing economy.

Photo by CBF Staff

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