At this month’s Richmond Green Drinks, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will be hosting at the Camel! CBF is the largest not-for-profit conservation organization existing solely to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. Since 1967, CBF’s motto, Save the Bay®, has defined its mission and charge to the 17 million people in the 64,000-square-mile, six-state watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. CBF’s goal is to protect and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the abundance and diversity of its living resources, through fully implementing the Bay Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state plan to restore the Bay. Two key CBF goals are to improve water quality by reducing nutrient pollution, and to train and inspire citizens across the Bay watershed to take an effective role in the restoration and protection of our natural resources. CBF’s Virginia Office was established in 1980 in the heart of downtown Richmond in close proximity to the James River, the city’s natural centerpiece and one of the Bay’s major tributary rivers.
Please join us on May 16 to hear about the exciting projects CBF is currently working on. For example, CBF is leading a community partnership project to restore the Upham Brook watershed, which runs through parts of Henrico County, North Richmond, and the Bryan Park area. Upcoming restoration projects as part of this initiative include constructing rain gardens, planting stream buffers, picking up litter, and installing “Scoop the Poop” stations to encourage proper pet waste disposal. Of special note, CBF will be hosting its VoiCeS or Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards course this summer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. This eight-week adult education course teaches participants the ins and outs about restoring local waterways and advocating for clean water. CBF is also working with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to conduct home runoff checks. If you are interested in learning how you could “green” your home and property, then contact CBF to get a free assessment! You can visit CBF’s website at cbf.org or check out their Upham Brook Facebook page (search for “CBF’s Upham Brook Watershed Restoration Project” and “like” their page).
CBF also will share information about the 25th anniversary of Clean the Bay Day, which will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 until noon. Please consider joining the thousands of Virginians who come out to Clean the Bay Day annually to pick up tons of debris and beautify our communities.
I want to thank Liz Ronston from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for writing the copy above.
Hope to see you for Richmond Green Drinks @ The Camel. 5:30pm – 7:30pm, on May 16, 2013.