Volunteer Spotlight: Alliance Board Member, Jenn Troy

Photo by Stephen Buchanan An excerpt from What's Up? Annapolis TOWNE SALUTE: Jenn Troy By Caley Breese Having grown up in a family dedicated to helping the environment, it makes sense that Jenn Troy has always felt drawn to organizations dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Troy’s father, Colby Rucker, owned

Save the Date for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Save the date for the Alliance’s second Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 23, 2020! After great success back in January 2019, the team has already begun planning for a 2020 event again in four locations across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Lancaster, PA, Annapolis, MD, Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C. We’re excited to once

Alliance Staff Take A Field Trip to Poplar Island

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Alliance’s Maryland team enjoyed a field trip to Poplar Island — a 3 mile long island located on the Chesapeake Bay, part of Talbot County, Maryland. Alliance partners Maryland Port Authority and Maryland Environmental Services provided an amazing tour of the island, including a boat ride from Sandy Point State Park, which gave us a great view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Summer Learning for Teachers

August is often the time of year when teachers attend professional development trainings to prepare them for the upcoming school year. For Henrico County middle school teachers involved in Bay Watershed in Science Education (BWISE) project, this training took place at Maymont park on August 6 and August 7.  

The Unique History of Our 121-Year Old Headquarters Building in Annapolis

The new and improved exterior of the building! This summer, the Alliance’s Headquarters office in Annapolis, MD went through a much needed facelift! We updated the exterior, painted the outside of the building, and added a new color trimming. We continued to work hard on our mission to bring together communities, companies, and

August is National Water Quality Month!

Water quality monitoring is essential to understanding the health of our waterways, land and people. Here are 4 simple parameters you can monitor and what they tell you about the quality of your water.  Dissolved Oxygen Dissolved oxygen is a key indicator of ecosystem health and is essential for the aquatic life. It can be

Dangerous Plants of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

We highlighted two types of edible plants you can forage for in our July and August episodes of Tree Talks. On the other side of the spectrum are dangerous and toxic plants to avoid. Here is a list of some of the most poisonous plants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   Photo

Alliance Executive Director and Chesapeake Advisory Committee Chairs Meet With Maryland Governor Hogan

On June 11, 2019, Governor Larry Hogan met with the Chairs of the three Chesapeake Advisory Committees to hear their annual recommendations and priorities. Ann Simonetti, Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Matt Ehrhart, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Dr. Lisa Wainger (past chair), Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), plus essential

Welcoming Another New Face to the Alliance!

Christina Bonini joined the Alliance in July 2019 as the RiverWise Program Manager in our Virginia office. She focuses on working with communities to reduce their stormwater impact on Virginia's rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Christina grew up in Virginia exploring the James River in her hometown of Richmond, while spending weekends at

Introducing the Local Leadership Workgroup

Formed out of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s goal to engage local leaders, the Local Leadership Workgroup (LLWG) seeks to enhance the knowledge capacity of local elected officials as well as other local leaders throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Operating out of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Workgroup works closely with the Local Government Advisory Committee

Creating An Environmental Education Certification Program in Virginia

Do you know what it takes to be an environmental educator in the state of Virginia? Neither do I! But thanks to a dedicated group of individuals from across the state, it will soon be crystal clear. In 2017, I joined the Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE).  In the past, I have taught 3rd

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wrapping Up Phase One

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership --a project the Alliance kicked off in 2018 in Pennsylvania --is wrapping up the first phase of the project. The majority of dairy producers have already completed or updated, or are in the process of updating or completing their conservation and manure management plans. Since plan writing is almost