A lesson on green building at Brock Environmental Center

New CBF facility on track to meet Living Building Challenge

One of the top green buildings in the nation, the Brock Environmental Center represents a community effort to protect the land of Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Va., from an expansive, high-rise development.

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A lesson on green building at Brock Environmental Center

Climate change and the Chesapeake Bay

Learn about six species already feeling the heat

As one of the most vulnerable regions in the nation to the effects of climate change, all aspects of life in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are at risk from its effects—including hundreds of species that call the region home. (Photo: Evangelio Gonzalez/Flickr)

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Climate change and the Chesapeake Bay

By the Numbers: Fish passage in the state of Maryland

Lifts, ladders and other structures help move fish over dams

Dams and culverts can block the movement of migratory fish as they move between fresh waters and the saltier ocean. But dam removal and fish passage projects have reopened thousands of stream miles to fish migration. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters)

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By the Numbers: Fish passage in the state of Maryland

Microplastics: The tiny particles causing a big stir

Nearly imperceptible fragments found throughout local waters

When plastic bottles and other trash are washed into waterways, they don't degrade like most organic material. Instead, they break down into tiny pellets, beads and fibers that persist in rivers, streams and the Bay.

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Microplastics: The tiny particles causing a big stir

George Hastings: World champion oyster shucker

Learn how to shuck oysters from a local expert

Take a peek into the afternoon we spent at Nick's Oyster Bar in Baltimore, learning the ins and outs of oyster shucking with local personality and shucking pro, George Hastings.

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George Hastings: World champion oyster shucker

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    Critter of the Month

    Deer Tick

    May's Critter - The deer tick—named for its preferred host, the white-tailed deer—can carry and transmit to humans the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Ticks are most active in late spring and summer.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • ChesapeakeStat

      ChesapeakeStat

      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

    • Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      The EPA established a "pollution diet" to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Bay.

    • Bay Executive Order

      Bay Executive Order

      Calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore the Bay.

    • Maryland BayStat

      Maryland BayStat

      A powerful statewide tool designed to assess and coordinate Bay restoration.

    Bay Program issues draft management strategies

    watershed agreement

    In 2014, our partners signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, establishing goals, outcomes and management strategies to guide the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands around them.


    Restoring Wetlands on Agricultural Lands

    Between 2010 and 2013, 6,098 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


    Photo Credit: Sustainable Furnishings/Flickr

    Be Bay-Friendly at Work

    Encourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.

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