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About Lucy Heller

Lucy is the Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator in the Annapolis office. She assists with daily communications work and coordinates Maryland outreach events.

Project Clean Stream Update

For over a decade, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has helped organize regional stream cleanup events as a part of our Project Clean Stream (PCS). What started as a single day event in the Spring, now spans over the course of a season with tens of thousands of volunteers picking up trash across the

Project Clean Stream: A great way to rally local action

Spring marks the beginning of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s annual stream clean up program, Project Clean Stream (PCS). Through PCS, the Alliance offers hands-on opportunities through our partnership with residents, local businesses, environmental organizations, local governments, community groups, houses of worship, schools and universities, to come together to take action to restore clean waters

Year of the Woman and Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

When sitting down to think about who to write about for February’s Year of the Woman blog post, I could think of no better person than Harriet Tubman, a strong, influential African American female leader in the Chesapeake Bay region. While it doesn’t seem fair that women are only celebrated during the year of 2020,

The Year of the Woman: An Interview with Kristin Reilly

2020 is the official Year of the Woman! Although I believe every year should be the Year of the Woman, this year is special because it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s  right to vote in America (and [wo]man what a 100 years it has been!). The Alliance will be celebrating the female-driven achievements of

Interview with Patrick Hudson From True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

A platter of Skinny Dippers at True Chesapeake Oyster Co. Photography by Lorann Cocca This past October, a couple of my colleagues had the unique opportunity to attend the Chesapeake Food Summit at Union Market in Washington, D.C. They all came back raving about their experience and all the great food they had

Touring A Local Organic Dairy Farm

At the beginning of November, Alliance staff took a field trip to Chestertown, Maryland to tour an organic dairy farm. Thanks to our friend Ron Ohrel from the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), we were able to tour Fair Hill Farm, owned and operated by the Fry family. The farm produces about 40,000 pounds

How to Create Less Food Waste over the Holidays

Do you find yourself throwing out an overwhelming amount of turkey or stuffing after your Thanksgiving meal? Or maybe you keep the leftovers in your fridge for a couple days only to find them still in the fridge a week later, gone bad and end up throwing them out anyway? After years of holiday meals,

Remember Why You Started

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program “Remember Why You Started.” Those are the words on a hand-drawn poster near the top of the Chesapeake Watershed Forum’s website. “Sure, I remember why I started.” I thought as I packed our bags in advance of a planned weekend in West Virginia. Just for good measure,

Chesapeake Bay Halloween Costume Ideas

Chessie the Sea Monster Photo credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service     The spookiest creature you can find in the Chesapeake Bay is Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay sea monster! Chessie is a monster said to be spotted in the Chesapeake Bay, and is ranked as 8th by Animal Planet’s “Top Ten Scariest

Cozy, Rainy Fall Fest at the Alliance Headquarters

This past Sunday, October 20th the Alliance hosted a very rainy, but cozy Fall Fest: Native Plant Social inside our headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. We invited the public to come check out our newly updated building, meet our staff, and get a chance to learn about who we are and about the work that we

Five Oyster Recipes to Try This Fall

October marks the beginning of oyster season in Maryland and Virginia. It is also National Seafood month! And what better way to celebrate than by cooking the seasonally appropriate seafood: oysters! Here are five great oyster recipes to try out this Fall! 1. Oyster Stew Recipe from shewearsmanyhats.com Ingredients:  4 tablespoons butter 1 large onion,

Kicking Off Oyster Season with Events Across the Chesapeake

Oysters are a delicacy of the Chesapeake Bay region. Locals eat them raw, steamed, fried, grilled, baked, in casseroles, soups, stews, bisques, and even in drinks. While the bivalves can be eaten year round, they are the best in the colder months of September through April because during the warmer months oysters tend to be