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CBF's Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Friend of the Bay,

As I wrote to you yesterday, we are most certainly in uncharted waters these days. To help you (and us!) get through them together, we’re launching a weekly roundup of uplifting Bay stories, inspirational videos, helpful teaching resources for those with little ones at home, and much more. Our scrappy staff is putting together these stories from the field (in a social distancing appropriate way), and we’ll be delivering them straight to your inbox each Friday. Have an idea, comment, or question? Please feel free to reach out by replying to this email.

In these unsettling times, know that a few things are certain. We at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation care about you, your loved ones, and the environment where we all live. We will pull together to support one another during this critical time, just as we have historically come together for our shared mission to save the Bay.

And rest assured our work to save the Bay continues—stronger than ever. Rulemaking and (de)regulatory efforts are still happening. And EPA’s attempt to turn a blind eye to polluters can’t stand. Our policy experts, attorneys, and others are working overtime to ensure all progress isn’t lost.

Thank you for standing with us, now and always. And please enjoy these Bay stories and resources!

Be safe, healthy, and well.

—Emmy Nicklin, Director of Digital Communications

Water lillies Bill Portlock/CBF Staff

"Rest in the Grace of the World"

On day three of Coronavirus-prompted remote work, CBF President Will Baker reflected on the current world situation, how it impacts CBF, and the solace that one can find in nature in times of crisis.As he wrote, “We’re in times like no other right now. But look outside your window, spring is blooming. Turn on the TV, Italians are singing from their balconies.”

Students look into plastic tub to ID fish Codi Yeager/CBF Staff

Learn Outside, Learn at Home

This week we launched a new initiative to provide students, teachers, and parents with valuable resources to connect with the Bay and its rivers while at home. We’re calling it “Learn Outside, Learn at Home.” Through this new platform, we’re offering curriculum-based activities such as a nature journaling series, instructional videos from our educators and scientists, and more.

A hand holds a five-inch oyster. Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

Ask an Expert Video Series

The Chesapeake Bay is the nation's largest estuary. Woven together by rivers, streams, wetlands, and coastal waters, its 64,000-square-mile watershed is home to nearly 20 million people and 3,600 species of plants and animals. Learn more about it in our Ask an Expert video series. This week we explore oysters and blue carbon.

What You Can Do

  • Looking for ways to enjoy the Bay’s delicacies while at home? We’ve got you covered with this list of oyster aquaculture businesses ready to deliver to you in a safe and easy way.
  • Want to learn more about freshwater mussels? Join us on Wednesday, April 15, for a one-hour webinar during which Dr. Joe Wood, CBF’s Senior Scientist, will share why this remarkable species might hold the secret to improving stream health and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Don’t forget AmazonSmile when you’re shopping for toilet paper and other essentials on Amazon right now! The program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. We hope you’ll remember the Bay before hitting the purchase button!
  • Have you submitted your favorite Bay photo yet?! Our annual Save the Bay Photo Contest is accepting submissions through the end of the month. Check out some examples from past years below, then submit yours!

An osprey sits on a nest with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the background. Paul Buhrer
Water flows over a waterfall surounded by forests in Pennsylvania. Michael Holmes
Japanese Cherry Blossoms bloom along Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin.' Josh Ulanoski
Header Image: Miles Wong
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