by William C. Baker, CBF President

Forty-five years ago, I was high up in a tree, pruning dead wood. I was a part time tree surgeon. …

by William C. Baker, CBF President

A blue heron wades through a marsh.
Karen Jury

To save the Bay, participation in our democracy is critical.

In over four decades of working to restore the Chesapeake, I have never witnessed more setbacks to our nation’s fundamental environmental protections than what we have seen in the last four years. The U.S…

by William C. Baker, CBF President

Update Nov. 7, 2020: CBF congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

In 1984, President Reagan said in his State of the Union address, “Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it’s common sense.” Turning attention to our…

Op-ed by William C. Baker, CBF President, for the Baltimore Sun.

Photo by Pete Olson.

This may be our last shot to save the Chesapeake Bay. We have a science-based plan, and we know that it’s working. But with only five years to go until the 2025 deadline for the nation’s most ambitious water…

By Will Baker, CBF President

Lightening strikes light up the clouds above a body of water while lightening strikes the shore.
As climate change goes unabated, storms like this one over the Elizabeth River in Virginia will become more frequent and intense. Photo by Annette Averitt

The COVID-19 pandemic is the stuff of fiction writers. Sadly, it is all too real. The illness, death, and economic damage are nothing short of history in the making.

And yet, out of this tragedy, we see a glimmer of hope for our little Planet…

Forest buffers separate farm fields from the West Branch Susquehanna River as it flows through Clinton County, PA. Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program.

By Will Baker, CBF President

“Will! Don’t you know Pennsylvania does not have land on the Bay!?”

That is a question I often get when I cite the scientific consensus that the Bay will not be saved unless Pennsylvania drastically decreases the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment flowing into…

By William C. Baker, for the Bay Journal News Service

The Chesapeake Bay’s Thomas Shoal Lighthouse at sunset. Photo: Chris Sims

It is a critical time for the Chesapeake Bay.

The historic federal-state partnership working to clean up the Bay’s pollution is entering the final phase of restoration. By 2025, the six Bay states and the District of Columbia must have…

Will Baker’s Testimony to the House of Representatives

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on June 25, 2019. He spoke on the history and importance of the Chesapeake Bay, our “national treasure.” The following is the case…

By Will Baker, CBF President

It all comes down to Saving the Bay. Simple as that.

The Bay supports our livelihoods and our homes. It provides our first line of defense from storms and climate change. It inspires us with amazing sights.

Bottom line, the Bay demands we save it.

By Will Baker, CBF President

A team of early morning kayakers navigates Nassawadox Creek, a Chesapeake Bay tributary on Virginia’s Eastern shore. Photo: Gordon Campbell/

In 2018, record breaking storms across the Bay watershed increased pollution loads, adding more stress to a system still dangerously out of balance. Do the storms represent a “new normal?” …

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