Which Chesapeake Bay seasons do you enjoy? The spring shad run thrills anglers along tributaries like the Potomac and Nanticoke. Summer and fall bring family crab feasts and oyster roasts. The bay also offers recreational opportunities for every season such as sailing, kayaking, birding and fishing.
Winter is a great time to offer thanks for the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty, and The Nature Conservancy certainly thanks our supporters for everything you helped accomplish toward bay restoration over the last year. As we enter 2013, we’re set up to accomplish even more together.
“We’re facing a watershed moment for the Chesapeake Bay,” says Mark Bryer, our Chesapeake Bay program director. “By following the science, leveraging the policies in place, and bringing partners and resources to bear, we are setting a course for bay-wide success.”
We’re adding millions of native oysters to a state sanctuary in Harris Creek, helping boost the population of this embattled icon in a key bay tributary. More importantly, we’re participating in the largest-ever oyster restoration effort for the bay.
We’re also fostering partnerships with farmers and leaders in the agriculture community to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the bay. Our collaborations focus on methods that can be replicated from farm to farm for the most effective and efficient use of your conservation dollars.
“We’re helping the Chesapeake Bay keep to its pollution diet by demonstrating on-the-ground results through strategic land protection and restoration — results that we are using to work with state and federal agencies to make
smart funding decisions and policies,” Bryer adds.
The Conservancy also is lending scientific and technical expertise to the relicensing process for hydropower dams such as Conowingo on the lower Susquehanna River, the bay’s largest source of fresh water. Regulatory agencies will determine rules that govern dam operations for the next 30 to 50 years, so we face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address fish-passage, water-flow and sediment issues.
Protecting and restoring land and underwater habitat, reducing pollution impacts, and improving the funding and policies to support conservation — these combined strategies set the Conservancy’s actions apart.
Your support over the coming year will be instrumental as we work toward a healthier, more culturally vibrant and economically productive Chesapeake Bay.February 12, 2013