Making History

Photo Credit: Chuck Guthrie

2017: Progress, Challenge, Opportunity

Progress

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.

Challenge

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.

Opportunity

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 healthy Chesapeake? 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 healthier Chesapeake.

Sidebar Photo: Robert Miller.