Turning the Tide, Saving the Chesapeake Bay
We’re Taking a Breather

We’re Taking a Breather

September 25, 2018

Everyone needs to take time once in a while to sit back, take a breath, and think about the future. "Turning the Tide" is going on hiatus to do just that. We look forward to returning with a fresh new format to provide you with an even better perspective on the progress being made to turn the tide and save the Chesapeake Bay. In the meantime, check out our archive or visit our website at cbf.org.

Photo by Robert Quinn

Worth Repeating: Trees: The Oysters of the Land

Worth Repeating: Trees: The Oysters of the Land

September 11, 2018

(This podcast originally aired January 31, 2017) CBF President Will Baker and Baltimore Tree Trust Executive Director Dan Millender discuss the environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of trees.

Photo by Loren Barnett

Worth Repeating: This Bay Is Going to Set Me Free

Worth Repeating: This Bay Is Going to Set Me Free

August 28, 2018

(This episode originally aired on June 21, 2016)

CBF President Will Baker chats with Ray Langston, longtime resident and former mayor of Highland Beach, Maryland, a Bay-front community with a proud history and a bright future.

To tour the museum, call Jean Langston at 410-267-6960. Please call a day or two in advance. For more information about the Frederick Douglass Museum and Highland Beach visit www.highlandbeachmd.org.

Photo: The Frederick Douglass Museum in Highland Beach, Maryland. Credit: Loren Barnett/CBF Staff


Do You Speak Dolphin?

Do You Speak Dolphin?

August 14, 2018

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF’s resident dolphin geek Maryland Scientist Doug Myers about the increase of dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay.


01:08  Why are we seeing more dolphins in Chesapeake Bay?
04:46  What's the correlation between dolphins and sharks?
06:35  How dolphins communicate.
17:10  What to do if you come across a dead or stranded dolphin and why it's important to report.
19:40  What you can do to help protect the Bay's dolphin population.

See our blog post Frequent Dolphin Sightings Reveal a Rebounding Bay.

Report your dolphin sitings on the Dolphinwatch website.


Photo credit Ian Robbins

Worth Repeating: Eating Local at Gertrude’s Restaurant

Worth Repeating: Eating Local at Gertrude’s Restaurant

July 31, 2018

(This episode originally aired November 8, 2016)

CBF President Will Baker and John Shields—cookbook author, TV chef, and owner of Baltimore's Gertrude's Restaurant—discuss the virtues of eating local in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Find out more about CBF's own local farm at cbf.org/ClagettFarm. Local resources for your own vegetable, meat, and dairy cuisine in the Chesapeake Bay region can be found at www.buylocalchesapeake.org.

Photo courtesy of Gertrude's Restaurant
Feeling At Home

Feeling At Home

July 17, 2018

CBF President Will Baker welcomes EPA's former Obama-appointed Acting Deputy Administrator Lisa Feldt as CBF's new Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration.

Photo credit CBF Staff

Signs of Encouragement

Signs of Encouragement

July 3, 2018

CBF President Will Baker and Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden discuss recent news about the state of blue crabs and oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.


00:47  Annual stock assesment report for blue crabs and signs we should be watching.

08:30  An update on oysters in Virginia and Maryland.

10:36  Oyster restoration in Virginia's Lafayetter River and Maryland's Baltimore Harbor.

14:55  Man-O-War Shoal is our last remaining 3D oyster bar in Maryland--how it is being threatened and its potential as the home for a new thriving oyster population.


From this episode:

Watch Allison on Facebook Live and find out more about the annual blue crab dredge survey.

Read CBF's press statement about the survey.

Find out more about the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab.

Oyster reefs return to the Lafayette River.

Press release and photos on the Fort Carroll oyster reef in Baltimore.

Press release on Man-O-War Shoal. Send a letter to Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton to save Man-O-War Shoal.

Learning from Each Other

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.


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.

Are We On Track?

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.


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

Worth Repeating: Grasses = Crabs

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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