Our Giving Community
Helps Save the Bay,
One Case at a Time
Igot involved because I could see the Bay’s degradation,” says Richard Pelham, an avid
fisherman and longtime CBF supporter. After
moving to the D.C. area for graduate
school in the 1980s, Pelham discovered
Maryland’s Point Lookout as a favorite fishing destination. Back then, the fish were
much more plentiful.
“There were so many fish in the water, it
almost seemed like there were more fish
than water!” he says. “The difference
between then and now is incredible.”
To help restore the Bay, Pelham contributes to
CBF’s Litigation Program, enabling CBF to use
strategic litigation to improve the Bay’s health.
CBF’s Litigation Program began in 2004, as
a way to jumpstart Bay clean-up efforts.
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest gave a generous grant, which launched the program.
The grant contained a matching component, which attracted other supporters.
Of course, this wasn’t CBF’s first foray into
litigation. The organization had previously
filed suit in several high profile pollution
cases, including a 1983 suit against
Gwaltney, a major meat packer, which went
all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
However, the Lenfest’s grant marked a turning point for CBF: For the first time, we had
the resources, staff, and budget to consistently use the law as a means for improving
water quality and protecting the Bay.
Gerry Lenfest modestly attributes the pro-
gram’s success to CBF’s Vice President for
Litigation, Jon Mueller. “The success of the
program and the positive results
achieved…[are a product of the] leadership,
hard work, and dedication of Jon Mueller,
to whom we are all deeply grateful.”
Mueller, who notes that CBF only uses
legal action as a last resort, says of litiga-
tion, “It’s another tool in the tool box.”
“There is no other way to get at a King
William,” he adds, referring to the 2005 lawsuit
that stopped construction of the King William
reservoir in Virginia. The project would have
destroyed more than 430 acres of wetlands.
From the King William case, to CBF’s
defense of the Chesapeake Clean Water
Blueprint in federal court, CBF’s litigation
donors make all of our legal work possible.
Often, the reasons for their support are as
personal as they are varied.
CBF supporter Jimmy Rouse, comments,
“I grew up on the Miles River [on
Maryland’s Eastern Shore]. I remember
when the underwater grasses were so thick
that I could hardly row a boat across the
shallows. I watched it…turn into a desert.”
Cathy Brill, a Program Officer at The Rauch
Foundation, comments that her foundation
supports CBF’s legal work to ensure the
enforcement of existing environmental laws.
“Progressive environmental laws and regulations
are only as good as their enforcement,” she says.
For Jim and Sylvia Earl, moving to a home
close to Maryland’s Severn River increased
their awareness of the need to take action
to restore the Bay. They became supporters
of CBF’s legal work, noting the effectiveness of our program. “Jon Mueller’s team
has recently won major court cases regarding EPA’s clean-water regulations,” say the
Earls. “We are delighted to support this
aspect of CBF’s activities.”
Mike and Trish Davis, contributors from
Severna Park, Maryland, comment simply:
“Future generations deserve clean water and
clean air. It is up to all of us to give it to them.”
u For more information about our work to defend
the Blueprint in federal court, see pages 5-9.
u CBF is grateful to Richard T. Pelham, the Jean
T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation, Gerry
and Marguerite Lenfest, The Jim and Patty
Rouse Charitable Foundation, The Helena
Foundation, The Rauch Foundation, Mike and
Trish Davis, and all of the other generous contributors to CBF’s Litigation Program. More information is available at cbf.org/litigate.
Jon Mueller, Vice President for Litigation, and his
team strategically use the law as a means for
improving water quality and protecting the Bay.
Add Up to a Cleaner Bay
Each year, CBF members contribute
$350,000 through workplace giving programs. That’s enough to plant 70,000
trees; or to allow 5,000 students to participate in CBF’s award-winning outdoor field
experiences; or to deploy 7,000 reef balls,
providing habitat for millions of oysters.
Workplace giving is an easy way to help
save the Bay, as your donation is deducted
straight from your paycheck. And if your
employer offers a match, your support will
go even further!
To participate, simply select the Chesapeake
Bay Foundation as your charity of choice
during your employer’s campaign. If CBF is
not included, ask if “write-ins” are permitted.
For more information about supporting
CBF through workplace giving, please contact Marie Morisi at 443/482-2108 or
email@example.com. Thank you!
CBF’s Designation Numbers for
Campaign (CFC) 11325
Maryland Charity Campaign 2431
Campaign: Baltimore City 3866
Commonwealth of Virginia
Employee Combined Appeal 8000-0209
United Way Write-In EIN 52-6065757