All of Northern Virginia's waterways impact the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation states on its website:
"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 established water quality standards. The result will be clear water, free of damage from toxic contaminants, and with healthy oxygen levels. Natural filters on both the land and in the water will provide resilience to the entire Chesapeake Bay system and serve as valuable habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic life."
In 2010 the Chesapeake Bay's health index was rated at 31 of 100 possible points.
To increase awareness, the foundation is hosting its Viewers' Choice Award photo contest. View the photos at the Save the Bay Viewers' Choice Award contest webpage, voting for your favorite of the nine choices by Friday, May 4.