Ask the Alliance

Ask the Alliance is a signature live talk webinar series. Join as Alliance Staff experts share what you can do at home to both enjoy and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

In 2021, the Alliance hosted its first live talk webinar series called Breakfast on the Bay. We united Alliance staff expertise and our partners’ experience to explore the impact we have on the Chesapeake Bay’s health.

As our staff continues to grow, our expertise does, too. This year,  Alliance staff will share their knowledge and passion for what you can do at home to both enjoy and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. During each session, you have the opportunity to learn and “Ask the Alliance.” Share your questions at registration or during the webinar and receive expert answers!

Trees at Home: Planting, Pruning, and Maintaining

Learn from Zach Carnegie how to plant, prune, and maintain your home’s trees.

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Did you know bats benefit greatly from forest cover? Join James Kauffman to learn more about bats and how we benefit from them.

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Native Plants at Home

What can you plant at home that will increase habitat and require less yard work? Native plants! Join Tyler Walston as he shares more about how he is transforming his yard.

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Birding in the Watershed

Curious what birds are flying around your local landscapes? Emily Broich will share how you can spot and identify birds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Bees are all the buzz. Join Savanna Lightcap as she shares how you can identify bees, plant bee habitats, and rehome unwanted bees. Then, Brittany Smith will share her very own bee colony.

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Managing Your Stormwater

Rain washes chemicals and fertilizers into our streams, rivers, and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Learn from Carly Starobin as she shares foolproof ways you can manage your stormwater.

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Identify Trees in the Watershed

Join Ryan Davis to learn how to identify numerous tree species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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How to Stop Trash from Entering Your Waterways

Learn from Lauren Sauder how to prevent thousands of pounds of trash from entering your waterways.

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From The Archives

In case you missed the series in 2021, recordings from past events are below. Enjoy!


Did you know: rain washes chemicals and fertilizers into our streams, rivers, and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Once in our waterways, these pollutants fuel the growth of excess algae, which clouds the water and threatens the health of fish, crabs, and the entire Chesapeake Bay. One of the easiest ways for us to reduce our pollution contribution to the Chesapeake Bay is to replace some of our lawns and typical landscapes with native plants.

The Alliance’s DC Green Infrastructure Projects Associate, Jordan Gochenaur, and our partner at Chesapeake Bay Landscape Pro, Beth Ginter, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to learn how you can utilize native plants.

As a retired professor from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Dr. Walter Boynton is a scientific storyteller. Since 1975, Walter’s research has focused on estuarine ecology, specifically, issues related to eutrophication (the excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, washing off from land), and ecosystem restoration. For almost 50 years, Walter has been helping lead the research efforts on what ails the Chesapeake Bay – and has been doing so with humor and optimism!

Taking place at the newly renovated Annapolis Maritime Museum in the Maritime Republic of Eastport, Maryland, this edition of Breakfast on the Bay provides an overview and history of the ecology, actions, and policies related to the Chesapeake Bay, from where we started to where we are now. Join Walter Boynton and Kate Fritz, CEO of the Alliance, for what was a humorous and engaging walk down memory lane.

In 1972, River and Trail Outfitters began as a family-run outfitter dedicated to providing a safe and professional outdoor experience for people of all ages in the Harpers Ferry region. Two generations later, they offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures, from canoeing to ziplining. One of their popular youth development programs is the River Quest Field School, where students come to learn about water quality and ecology right on the water!


Farmer, conservationist, and award-winning writer Bobby Whitescarver, and ninth-generation farmer Jeanne Hoffman are in the process of implementing best management practices on their new farm in America’s legendary Shenandoah Valley.

The Alliance’s Capacity Building Director, Jenny McGarvey, sat down with Bobby and Jeanne on July 8 for an exclusive tour and a live Q+A with these passionate, conservation-minded farmers.

As the longest-tenured program at the Alliance, the Forest program has worked collaboratively to improve forest health, create new forests and tree canopy, inform and support private woodland owners, and communicate to the public the benefits provided by the woodlands and trees in our landscape.

Join the Alliance’s Pennsylvania Forests Projects Manager, Ryan Davis, for a live tour of the many species of trees in and around one of our riparian forest buffers.


What is the most important ingredient to brewing beer? Clean water. Alewerks brewers work hard to craft balanced, nuanced beers that are faithful to their traditional style; the result is a diverse portfolio of consistent quality that keeps people coming back year after year.


RiverTrends aims to educate community members about their impact on water quality and to track conditions of waterways in Virginia flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteer monitors see firsthand how local actions impact their waterways, then use this knowledge to encourage others to be stewards of their rivers and surrounding lands, while providing valuable baseline water quality data.


2021 Partners