Hurricane Katrina, they worked to restore
and protect 16,500 acres of marshland in
Louisiana. They hope to have similar success
in Hampton Roads.
“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation excels
at engaging and educating the community,” says Stephanie Randolph, Program and
Grants Officer for blue moon fund. “[CBF’s]
capacity to raise the profile…of nature-based
solutions to help the region address sea level
rise made CBF a natural partner for blue
Just a few months into his position,
Quattlebaum is already making progress. He
has begun meeting with local leaders and
has begun compiling a library of case studies to showcase green infrastructure success
stories. “That’s something that staff are really
looking for,” he says, “Examples that they
can tout when talking to decision makers.”
As water levels rise, the hope is that lessons
learned in Hampton Roads can lead the way
for other coastal areas. By integrating nature-based solutions into our climate change
resiliency plans, communities can adapt to
inevitable environmental changes, while
improving the health of our waterways—
throughout the Bay and beyond.
U The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is grateful
for the generous support of blue moon fund.
AMaryland native, Greg Kahlert grew up on and near the water. “Dad had
boats most all his life,” says Kahlert.
“We took trips across the Bay and down
to Annapolis.” Later, he and his wife
Roberta shared an interest in boating,
swimming, and fresh seafood. “Two of
Roberta’s favorite foods are crabs and
oysters,” he says.
Although the Kahlert family had long
enjoyed the Bay, it was hearing CBF
President Will Baker speak at an award
ceremony that inspired them to join
restoration efforts. In the years since,
the Kahlerts have generously supported
CBF’s oyster restoration and environmental education programs.
“For us, oyster restoration is some of
CBF’s most meaningful work. It’s amazing that one oyster can filter up to fifty
gallons of water a day,” he says.
With the Kahlerts’ generosity, CBF
plants millions of juvenile oysters each
year. This work not only improves
water quality, but as the newly planted
oysters mature and reproduce, their
larvae spread to nearby tributaries
and help to restore the Bay’s overall
While the Kahlerts were drawn to oyster restoration because of its ability
to tangibly improve the Bay’s health,
it was Roberta’s background as a
teacher that led them to support CBF’s
Chesapeake Classrooms, a program that
prepares teachers to incorporate envi-
ronmental education into their class-
rooms. “We have witnessed the positive
impact education has on youth and
adults over time,” Kahlert says. As each
teacher may reach hundreds of students
over the course of a career, this program
has the potential to inspire countless
young advocates for the Bay.
Through these programs, the Kahlerts
are helping to ensure cleaner water and
a more educated public for many years
“CBF’s work has a significant, positive
impact on the lives of people. Full speed
ahead!” Kahlert says.
U CBF thanks the Kahlert Family Foundation
for their support.
For us, oyster restoration is some of CBF’s most
meaningful work. It’s amazing that one oyster can
filter up to fifty gallons of water a day. KENNY FLETCHER/ CBF STAFF
Investing in the Bay’s Future
By Melanie McCarty
Melanie McCarty—CBF’s Donor
exploring the watershed on her
bicycle. She has big plans for her
vegetable garden this summer.
The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach (left) is designed as a model for climate-change
resiliency. Set 200 feet from the river’s edge on pilings more than 14 feet above sea level, this
environmentally smart building will survive our rapidly changing world—and minimize climate-changing
pollution in the future.