After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

See real life people & pets affected by bay runoff


What you have seen is shocking but true: decent people who love the Chesapeake Bay getting life-threatening infections by simply coming in contact with its polluted waters–and their pets, too.

What causes these infections? Every time it rains, the water runs off paved surfaces and washes all the nutrients, chemicals, and dirt into our creeks and streams. An inch of rain falling on an acre of hard surface can produce 27,000 gallons of stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff flushes fertilizer from lawns, and pesticides, oil and anti-freeze, pet waste, and sediment (dirt) into the nearest creek or stream from developed areas such as your house, streets, and all hardened surfaces whether shopping centers, churches, schools, parking lots, or highways.


Read our list of things you can do yourself to minimize runoff at your home , business, office, school, or house of worship…


Monthly Archives: November 2010

Plant a Tree, Save the Bay

Even us hard core greenies are not immune to indulging in a little “retail therapy”; so I celebrated Black Friday by heading to my local plant nursery, where nothing’s made in China and there were no lines.Continue Reading

Why We Lose (Part II)

Number of Chesapeake Bay environmental groups that have chosen a tax status that allows them to contribute to political candidates:


Number of Chesapeake Bay environmental groups that have chosen a tax exempt tax status that prohibits them from making political contributions:


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A Sad Thanksgiving Reflection on the Bay’s Decline

We are all taking time from busy schedules and our frantic American lifestyle to give thanks for our many blessings here in Bay country. The Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers are here on Oyster Creek where we live very close to the Bay and Double-crested Cormorants are diving and feasting on small fish. As I reflect on our bounty I come to the realization and then sadness of how we are surrounded by a much diminished population of waterfowl and wildlife due to human disturbance.
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