CBF Partners in
Small Watershed Cleanup
CBF is partnering with Henrico County
and several community groups to reduce
pollution in the Upham Brook watershed
near Richmond, Virginia. With funding
from a National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation grant, the partners will design
and install innovative stormwater runoff
projects, rain gardens, floating wetlands,
pet waste stations, and streamside buffers;
clean up and remove invasive species from
streams and roadsides; and engage citizens
in watershed stewardship.
Other partners include Virginia Master
Naturalists, Henrico County Master
Gardeners, the Friends of Bryan Park, the
James River Association, and the Center for
Fewer Menhaden, Fewer Osprey
University research has linked declines in
the numbers of ospreys in Virginia’s
Mobjack Bay to historic declines in Atlantic
According to decades of research by the
College of William and Mary’s Center for
Conservation Biology, Mobjack Bay osprey
numbers increased steadily after the United
States banned DDT in the 1970s, but by
2006 they had declined again to DDT-era
levels. During that period, researchers found
that parent birds were bringing one-third
fewer fish back to the nest for their chicks to
eat and that menhaden, an energy-rich prey
that once comprised more than 70 percent
of osprey chicks’ diet, had dropped to less
than 27 percent menhaden.
“Chicks were hatching, but they were starving in the nest,” said Center Director Dr.
Bryan Watts in a published essay. “The
adults were providing fewer fish to their
chicks, and the fish were of poorer quality.”
Over the same four decades, the menhaden
population, as measured by haul seines in
Maryland, declined by more than 90 per-
are providing local forums
to discuss Virginia’s plans
to reduce pollution.
BILL PORTLOCK/CBF STAFF
Ospreys in Virginia’s Mobjack Bay are bringing
fewer menhaden to nestlings, contributing to an
increase in osprey chick mortality.
cent, Dr. Watts said. Today, menhaden stocks
are at historic lows with the latest scientific
assessment showing the population has been
overfished 32 of the past 54 years.
Workshops Help Communities
CBF helped organize a series of workshops
around the Commonwealth last fall to help
areas comply with Virginia’s implementation
of the Chesapeake Bay pollution limits.
The Choose Clean Water Coalition funded the
regional workshops—created by CBF, the
Virginia Department of Conservation and
Recreation, local planning district commissions, the Virginia Conservation Network,
and the James River Association—and provided experts to answer questions, resources for
additional help, and a sounding board for
“The workshops didn’t answer every question or alleviate every concern, but they provided an open forum for honest dialog,” said
Ann Jurczyk, CBF Virginia Outreach and
Advocacy Manager. “Most participants
found them very helpful. CBF is pleased to
have assisted and pledges to do whatever we
can to ensure the cleanup moves forward.”
Virginia Beach and CBF Launch
Environmental Literacy Program
Through a unique public-private partnership, Virginia Beach City Public School system has launched a new systemic environmental literacy program with CBF that could
be a model for school systems across the Bay
region and the country.
Through the program, public, private, and
non-profit partners will provide hands-on
Chesapeake Bay field experiences and classroom activities for all 11,500 sixth-grade students, as well as professional development
for more than 50 middle- and high-school
biology and oceanography teachers.
Principals and administrators also will
receive outdoor educational experiences.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay
Office will fund the project through a grant.
CSX Transportation will provide additional
support. Other partners are the Virginia
Aquarium and Marine Science Center,
Lynnhaven River NOW, First Landing State
Park, the Elizabeth River Project, and Oyster
Reef Keepers of Virginia.
BILL PORTLOCK/CBF STAFF
Don Baugh, CBF Vice President for Education,
looks on as Peyton Robertson, Director of NOAA’s
Chesapeake Bay Office, announces its grant
awarded to the new Virginia Beach Systemic
Environmental Literacy Program.
u For more information about these and other
Virginia activities, visit cbf.org/virginia.