Chesapeake Baysavers is an Annapolis based environmental organization whose mission is to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Baysavers is dedicated to restoring all of the Bay's natural resources. It is apparent that the key to restoring the health of the Bay is to rebuild the population of oysters. The oysters are the filters of the Bay and no revitalization effort will be successful without them.
To help accomplish these goals, Chesapeake Baysavers is made up of two separate non-profits that each play a vital role.
- Chesapeake Baysavers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay through youth education programs, community outreach and hands on environmental work.
- Chesapeake Baysavers, Inc is a 501(c)(4) non-profit whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay through legislative efforts in helping to pass laws beneficial to the oyster population. For information on this organization please go to the Legislative Action heading of this website.
(By EVAN THALENBERG For The Capital | Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:00 am) — Advocates for the revitalization of the Chesapeake Bay have come to one fundamental, if unglamorous, realization: The simple, gritty oyster shell is a prime instrument of environmental rebirth and economic growth.
Overlooked, discarded and often buried in landfills, oyster shells are crucial not just to oyster aquaculture and the wild oyster fishery, but also for providing a suitable foundation for ecologically important restoration projects. This essential resource is in critically short supply and what is left is depleting rapidly.
That is why the Oyster Recovery Partnership and other bay advocates are urging members of the General Assembly to pass legislation that would establish a $1 tax credit for every bushel of oyster shells recycled by Maryland taxpayers. This modest investment would not only generate environmental benefits, but deliver generous financial benefits to Maryland taxpayers.
(Annapolis, Md. December 04, 2012) — Students from The Summit School in Edgewater experienced what it takes to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay through everyday living during a recent trip to Clagett Farms in Upper Marlboro. Chesapeake BaySavers, a non-profit environmental organization committed to restoring the Bay, funded the trip
During the all-day field trip, the 22 sixth-grade students explored various parts of the 285-acre farm. They learned about land use, cover crops, sustainable organic farming and how these practices affect the Bay as well as the farm’s animals and where their food comes from.
“The farm experience teaches our students the relationship between the drain-off from the soil, how it affects the rivers, and then the Bay,” said Jane Snider, executive director of The Summit School. “They become stewards of the Bay by this first-hand experience.”
(Annapolis, Md. November 28, 2012) — More than 1,200 students from four Anne Arundel County Public Schools are going through a year-long environmental literacy project aimed to educate youth about the Chesapeake Bay oyster and its importance to the community.
The Oyster Education Program is a joint effort among several local organizations including: Chesapeake BaySavers, Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, NOAA, Maryland DNR’s Maryland Grows Oysters Program, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Watermark, City of Annapolis, Towne Transport and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
Beginning last month, students visited Annapolis City Dock to learn about spat (baby oysters), take oyster spat measurements, collect water quality data and learn about oyster ecology and industry. In the spring, students will ‘plant’ these oysters in an oyster sanctuary in the Severn River and participate in student-led action projects such as community awareness and education
(Annapolis, Md. October 25, 2012) - BaySavers welcomes Alex Bourelly and Jane DeLashmutt as the newest members of the Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation Board. “Alex and Jane are exceptional additions to our Board as they both possess great qualifications and a deep passion for the Bay and restoring its health,” said Evan Thalenberg, President and Founder of Chesapeake BaySavers.
(Annapolis, Md. October 15, 2012) - The Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation was honored as a finalist for the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year, awarded by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce at the Comcast Business Hall of Fame and Annual Business Awards Dinner earlier this month.
(Annapolis, Md. October 8, 2012) — Chesapeake BaySavers participated in the Sea Gull Century Ride on Saturday, October 6, 2012 to raise funds to support on-going education and outreach efforts. Team BaySavers exceeded their $10,000 fundraising goal through the financial commitment from Premier Sponsor Planit, a Baltimore-based advertising agency and Team Sponsors Alexander & Cleaver, an Annapolis-based law firm and Severna Park-based Moran Insurance and more than 70 donations from supporters of the Bay. Read more
(Annapolis, Md. September 6, 2012) — Christopher Murray, Vice President and Principal of Mid-Atlantic Properties, Inc., has been appointed to the Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation Board. The unanimous vote took place at the Chesapeake BaySavers board meeting last month in Annapolis.
“Since founding Chesapeake BaySavers we have been actively searching for environmental stewards of the Bay, such as Chris, to join our Board,” said Evan Thalenberg, President and Founder of Chesapeake BaySavers. “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the table.”
(Annapolis, Md. July 17, 2012) — Evan Thalenberg, founder of the Chesapeake BaySavers, has been appointed to the Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission (MOAC).
"DNR is pleased to welcome an advocate such as Evan Thalenberg to the Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission,” said Michael Naylor, Assistant Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Service, Shellfish Program. “Since founding the Chesapeake BaySavers, Thalenberg has channeled great energy and expertise into supporting initiatives that protect vital oyster populations and the Bay in general. He has demonstrated a deep appreciation of the complexities of oyster management, including oyster restoration initiatives, environmental issues, and the impact of oysters on Maryland's fishing industry, economy and culture."
(Annapolis, Md. June 26, 2012) — New fisheries laws, slated to go into effect July 1, should make Maryland’s fishery less vulnerable to poaching, and help protect oysters and other fish species that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
That’s the conclusion of Chesapeake BaySavers, an environmental organization dedicated to improving the health of the Chesapeake by restoring the bay’s oyster population.
Evan Thalenberg, founder of the Annapolis-based nonprofit, initiated efforts to create the new state law after attending court hearings in 2011 for individuals charged with poaching.
Fisheries regulations, Thalenberg learned, allowed watermen to make unlimited, temporary transfers of their fishing licenses to other individuals. The abuse of license transfers made it difficult to enforce fisheries regulations and hold individuals using the licenses accountable. That system created opportunities for poachers to illegally deplete fish stocks and suffer few consequences.
(Annapolis, Md. March 29, 2012) — Chesapeake BaySavers celebrated the opening of its Annapolis office at 200 Forbes Street with a tented party on the lawn.
Attending the event were Chesapeake BaySavers board members, supporters of the BaySavers, and many representatives from the House and Senate, as well as our honored guests, The Department of Natural Resource Police. We were honored to have NPR Superintendent, Col. George F. Johnson, IV and Deputy Secretary, Joe Gill attend the event.
The Chesapeake BaySavers donated $5,000 to the Maryland Natural Resources Police to help protect the Bay from poachers. BaySavers Founder Evan Thalenberg presented the check to NRP Superintendent Col. George F. Johnson IV during BaySavers’ open house.