Coal Ash Debated Among 8th Graders as part of the Alliance’s RiverWise Schools Program

At the end of the summer, following the installation of the permeable pavement and rainwater harvesting sculpture at Binford Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, 8th grade science teacher, Brendan Trache approached Meredeth Dash about an idea for a project and asked if she would be willing to collaborate. Meredeth Dash, the Alliance's Program Coordinator for

  • Atlantic white cedar trunk, located near the tidal Maurice River in southern New Jersey. Photo by Ryan Davis

What’s That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2)

Conifers are important members of our forests year-round, but visually are most prominent during the winter when their evergreen leaves stand out in a sea of dormant deciduous limbs. To the untrained eye these trees may all look the same, but there is a vast amount of diversity among this ancient group of plants. Conifers

Four Simple Ways to Greenify your Office in 2019

It is easy during the hustle and bustle of your everyday life at the office to not think twice before throwing away something that could have been recycled. While it may seem like a hassle to make your office “green,” here are four simple steps your office can take to help improve your carbon footprint

Six Alternatives to Plastic Straws

Within the past year there has been an active push to remove plastic straws and other single-use plastics from our everyday lives. This is because, not surprisingly, plastic is bad for the environment. Plastic does not biodegrade, which means it can be around forever. Where does this plastic end up? Plastic ends up in our

Wintergreen Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Creeping Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a native, edible winter plant that is commonly grown as a shrubby ground cover and is easily discovered in the forest during the winter seasons because it is one of the only plants that remains green and it has bright red berries. The leaves and berries can be eaten fresh,

A Year in Photos Across the Chesapeake

January  Photo by: Michele Fletcher Photo: The Maury River Fun Fact: West of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Maury River is 42.8- mile- long tributary of the James River. It is named the Maury River after Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, and it travels past Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute where Maury worked

Alliance Receives Over $2 Million in Grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Alliance Receives Over $2 Million in Grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding will be used to build partnerships for cleaner water across the Chesapeake watershed Annapolis, MD (December 4, 2018) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded over $2 million of funding to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (the Alliance) to

  • Tree Planting from the Christiana Boro

The Alliance’s Fall Tree Plantings: A Season in Review

Autumn is a great time to plant trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This fall, the Alliance with partner support and volunteers put over 2,000 trees in the ground. Read more about our work by state below. Pennsylvania The Alliance planted 14.81 acres of streamside forest buffer over six sites in Franklin, Cumberland,

Remi’s Internship Reflection

Now that my time as the DC Graphic Design Intern for the Alliance is coming to its close, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single minute of it. I started in July earlier this year, and I was actually a pretty nervous wreck, but when I came in for the orientation at the

Deck the Halls With Native Holly

A mature American holly, Ilex opaca. Photo by Ryan Davis. Sixteen species of holly (the genus Ilex) are native to North America. Two of the most widespread eastern species, American holly (Ilex opaca) and winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata), are commonly used for holiday decorations due to their cheerful red berries and, in the

2018 Chesapeake Forest Champions Award Winners

Jenny McGarvey, the Alliance's Chesapeake Forests Program Manager, introduces Jennifer Gagnon, who was not able to join us at the award ceremony. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service presented the 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champion Awards at the 13th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, attended by over

My First Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Alliance staff gather for some quality time together the Saturday evening of the Forum. The 2018 Chesapeake Watershed Forum was a whirlwind of workshops, socializing, getting lost in the yellow covered forest, and learning about what brings us all together. I am a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) member at the Alliance for the