Over the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) past 50
years, the population of the Bay’s 64,000-square-mile
watershed has risen from 11 million to 18 million. Despite
the added pressures—more livestock, roadways, and
rooftops—the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is working.
Implementation of this federal-state plan to restore the
Chesapeake is bringing measurable signs of a healthy
Bay. Water quality is improving. Underwater grasses are
rebounding. And, many of the Bay’s iconic critters—like crabs
and oysters—are healthier.
CBF’s 50th anniversary year coincides with the mid-point
in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. It includes a
re-assessment halfway through the 2010-2025 program
for necessary course corrections. We can be proud of our
progress, but the pressures we place on the Chesapeake
ecosystem continue to build every day. The Bay’s condition is
fragile, and there is still much to do to restore its health.
Together, we are poised to achieve something extraordinary
in the coming years: restoration of the United States’
largest, most-productive estuary and all the rivers and
streams that feed it. It’s where we all live, work, and play.
Let’s pass a healthier environment to future generations.
What better legacy could we share than the rich culture of a
Be proud of your part in the progress we have made this
past year, our 50th. With your generous support, you—our
members, our donors, and our volunteers—have made these
achievements possible. Now, look forward with us, to an even
2017 Year in Review
the native eastern
oyster, is an iconic
Chesapeake species as
well as an important
filter for the Bay.
These oysters are
visible at low tide
along the St. Mary’s
River in Maryland.