Watermen work their nets on an early morning cruise. Photo Credit: Laura Sue Dent
Successful ventures don't just happen, especially when the problems are massive. We offer a sincere thank you to our members, staff, and trustees for your passion, your time and energy, and your significant financial resources invested in Saving the Bay. After 50 years of hard work, we are well on our way to a substantially cleaner Chesapeake Bay—we are on a path to success!
In the 1960s, CBF's founding trustees expressed concern for the decline in fish, waterfowl, and water quality to then Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes. Governor Tawes responded with a civics lesson: for government to help solve problems, citizens must do their part. The Chesapeake, he suggested, needed a unified and engaged voice. The founders took that recommendation and built the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 1967.
Fifty years on, we continue to be that voice. Your love for the Bay and all its streams, creeks, and rivers inspires us. Look what we have accomplished. You asked for environmental protection and restoration. You asked for in-the-field, on-the-water environmental education. You asked for responsible litigation and direct restoration of habitat. And you asked that we help raise all of our voices together on behalf of Bay saving. Now many of you work with us as volunteers, establishing and advancing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint with our partners in all levels of government and the private sector. Our beloved Chesapeake Bay system is improving, even as the human population has nearly doubled.
As we look back over 2017, we hope you share our pride in our successes. But this is no time to rest! The work of saving the Bay is far from finished. While challenges like a draft federal budget that zeroes out funding for the federal Chesapeake Bay Program threaten continued progress, we are undeterred. The opportunity to fully restore these waterways is still very much alive. We firmly believe that the Bay's voice called for by Governor Tawes—the Chesapeake Bay Foundation—remains the best hope for ensuring that a healthy, sustainable American treasure will be passed to future generations. Stay with us. We're making history!
Sidebar Photos: 1. Chuck Guthrie, 2. Brian Lockwood, 3. Robert Miller.