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About Laura Todd

Laura manages the RiverSmart Permeable Surface Rebate Program in DC and coordinates green infrastructure projects in Maryland.

Year of the Woman: The Importance of Stories with Caroline Brewer

“We as women have so much to be grateful for and a reason for hope.” Caroline Brewer is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, MD. She grew up in Indiana and was grateful to have had ample green space available to explore, including a small farm that

Equity in Forestry

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program "What a friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self improvement and what people can do for themselves."  - Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Green Belt Movement     Often when we talk about trees, we

Three “Ask Me Anything” Videos from Alliance Staff

As Alliance staff continue to work from home, we have been exploring ways to share some of our expertise in new ways. One way that we have done this is through "Ask Me Anything" Facebook Live sessions.  Participants were able to take part in these virtual Q&A sessions to gain a deeper knowledge of the

Fall in Love with these Native Plants this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and in the soil! While the origins of the Valentine’s Day holiday are somewhat hazy, we have no doubt as to how the natural world has influenced our modern celebration of love. Check out these native Chesapeake Bay plants that bring to mind the feelings and mood of the Valentine’s

Our DC Office is Moving!

What better ring in the New Year than with a new office? The Alliance DC team settled into a new space on Capitol Hill in the historic Barracks Row this month. We are looking forward to becoming a part of this vibrant neighborhood and expanding our work in the DC metropolitan region! We invite you

Working Together to Strengthen DC’s Green Job Workforce

“No other city that I know of has convened a meeting like this,” expressed Andrew Moore of the National League of Cities, commenting on the DC Workforce Development and Green Jobs Roundtable that was created by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with the Department of Energy and Environment and the National League

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Goblin’s Gold

Are you afraid of the dark?  Walking through a forest in upstate New York, you come across a damp, dark cave. You are keen to move past it, fearful of what lies within. You hurry forwards when out of the corner of your eye an eerie greenish glow appears. Are you seeing things? What

Alliance Hosts Green Infrastructure Trainings en Español!

During September, the Alliance hosted two green infrastructure trainings taught entirely in Spanish. Through key partnerships with DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment and the non-profit EcoLatinos, participants at both the rain barrel and rain garden trainings were able to leave with increased stormwater knowledge, technical know-how for the successful installation of stormwater best

An Act of Faith on the Anacostia River

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning, a group of 45 volunteers gathered on a foot bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Members of the group EcoSikh had met, passing around trash bags and gloves, to collect trash from Heritage and Kingman Islands as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream initiative. Before

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

Safeguarding Against Stormwater: Maintaining RiverSmart Homes Best Management Practices

Stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Increased development throughout the watershed has reduced the natural ground cover which is equipped to absorb and filter water during storm events. Asphalt, concrete, or other impervious structures such as homes or commercial buildings are replacing these natural ground covers. These impervious

Stormwater Symbiosis: A Look at the Bloomingdale Rebate Program as a Successful Example of Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership

Mutually Beneficial Relationships Flourish Institutions that embody symbiotic relationships between public, private, and civil society sectors have proven to be a successful model for the management of water resources across the globe. Their cooperative approach brings together a range of partners that can accommodate diverse community needs in a way that is transparent, inclusive, and