Association Strategic Partner

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-8816
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About Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Since our founding 40 years ago, our goal has been to improve water quality by reducing pollution. Our motto, Save the Bay, has been the battle cry for that goal. From the landmark EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s to Virginia’s comparable legislative commitment in 2005, CBF has been saving the Bay. Our vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by water clarity, lack of toxic contaminants, and abundance of natural filters in the water and on the land. Read our strategic plan to learn how we are working towards making that vision a reality. The Philip Merrill Environmental Center houses the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters. In design, construction, and operation, the building reflects our mission to protect and restore the Bay. The center, which opened in 2001, is one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings, incorporating natural elements into a fully functional workplace which has minimal impact on its Bay- and creek-front surroundings. The first building to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the center and its sophisticated systems have won international acclaim as a model for energy efficiency, high performance, and water conservation. All materials are made of recycled products or created through processes that don't damage the environment. It is an interactive model that educates and inspires people, including hundreds of businesses, organizations, and government agencies. It is extremely cost effective and operates in harmony with the land, natural resources, and the Chesapeake Bay, proving that "green" buildings work. Our facility also proves that it isn't necessary to lose comfort or beauty to build responsibly. http://www.cbf.org/merrillcenter

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- Monday

9am-4pm

- Tuesday

9am-4pm

- Wednesday

9am-4pm

- Thursday

9am-4pm

- Friday

9am-4pm

14th Annual Bands in the Sand
Philip Merrill Environmental Center

14th Annual Bands in the Sand

June 8, 2019

2019 will be our 14th Annual Bands In The Sand party at and to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.   Cowboy Mouth was the musical headliner in 2018, joined by Mad Planet and Misspent Youth. The Boatyard owner, Dick Franyo, a Trustee of CBF, saw the opportunity for the best beach party in the area while out at another event up on the porch at CBF almost a decade ago.  He said to himself “this is nice but CBF needs to have its largest fundraiser right on the beach by the Bay overlooking Thomas Point Lighthouse.”  Since he had already founded and produced the Annual Boatyard Spring Fishing Tournament and Annual Annapolis Maritime Museum Boatyard Beach Bash, he knew a lot about throwing outdoor “life-style events”.  It meant generators and wires for power under the sand, large professional stage, sound system, lighting and setting up a full kitchen right on the sand.  Dick says “the CBF team and my Boatyard staff have really stepped up and produced the very best party of the year in the area.”   The event has raised over to a million dollars for CBF.   This year our good friends at bambeco were the Title Sponsor again. “Thank you bambeco, you are truly dedicated to Saving the Bay, such a natural treasure!” The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure.  America’s largest estuary is worth more than one trillion dollars, home to 17 million people, and populated with iconic wildlife.  But despite some recent signs of improvement, the Bay is still a system dangerously out of balance.  Poor water quality is threatening our local rivers, streams, and the Bay; endangering the health of thousands of species of plants and animals; putting human health at risk; and deflating our region’s economy. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is committed to making the Bay and its rivers and streams healthy again.  And, with the help of dedicated members, we work across the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed to do just that.  Our vision is a restored Bay with healthy rivers and clean water; sustainable populations of crabs, fish, and oysters; thriving water-based and agricultural economies; and a legacy of success for our children and grandchildren.