About Marissa Spratley

Marissa is the Communications Manager at the Alliance’s Headquarters. Her job includes managing communications strategies across the organization and our regional offices.

2015 Chesapeake Bay Business Forum Kicks off New Businesses for the Bay

Business leaders from the Chesapeake region gather to rally support for Bay restoration (Annapolis, MD – November 11, 2015) – Regional business leaders gathered yesterday for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Business Forum in Baltimore, Maryland, to rally business and support for Bay restoration.   The day-long Forum, sponsored by the Alliance for the

[Webcast] Becoming RiverWise! An Introduction to Becoming a RiverWise Community

Becoming RiverWise! An Introduction To Becoming A RiverWise Community Forum attendees share a discussion on forest management strategies with the Alliance’s Chesapeake Forest team. WEBCAST Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 12:00 Pm EST – 1:30 Pm EST Cost: FREE Categories: 2015 Webcast Series Register Now! Registration Is Open And Required. SPEAKERS: Nissa Dean, Alliance

2015 Chesapeake Business Forum in Baltimore on November 10th

The Alliance hosted the 2015 Chesapeake Business Forum on November 10, 2015 at the Bond Street Wharf Building in Baltimore, Maryland.   The Forum brought together business leaders, from organizations both large and small, to network and learn more about environmental sustainability goals, challenges and successes, identify needs, develop sustainable solutions, and

RiverWise Congregations: Creating Environmental Stewards from Faithful Stewards

RiverWise Congregations is busy installing stormwater BMPs, including rain gardens and native plant gardens, at houses of worship throughout Anne Arundel County in Maryland. RiverWise Congregations, started in 2014, is an extension of the Alliances RiverWise Communities program and engages 20+ congregations in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and their members in the

RiverSmart Bloomingdale Rebate Program Wraps Up 2015 With Biggest Project Yet

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church parking lot surface before pervious pavers were installed The 2015 RiverSmart Bloomingdale Rebate Program came to a close on September 30th, marking another successful year of capturing stormwater runoff from residential properties in Washington, D.C. and preventing polluted stormwater from entering local streams and rivers.  For two years,

  • Photo credit: Sara Harris Photography

October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ Plantings in Pennsylvania

Penn State Mont Alto professor Craig Houghton demonstrates proper tree planting techniques. October was a big month for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay tree plantings in Pennsylvania! The Alliance is wrapping up its October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ program in Franklin County, and helped coordinate volunteer plantings at six locations to

2015 Chesapeake Forest Champions Honored

Craig Highfield, left, of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay presents Christine and Fred Andreae with the 2015 Forest Champion Exemplary Forest Steward Award. (September 26, 2015 – Shepherdstown, West Virginia)  The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service presented the 2015 Chesapeake Forest Champions awards at the 10th Annual

10th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Getting Results!

Forum attendees share a discussion on forest management strategies with the Alliance’s Chesapeake Forest team. The spirit of watershed stewardship was strong at our 10th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, held from September 25th to 27th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hosted nearly 400 attendees at the 2015 Forum

Help Shape the New Native Plant Center

Calling Landscapers, Gardeners, Tree Experts and General Plant People   The Native Plant Center ( is about to get an overhaul- new design, updated data, and improved features.   The site is a web version of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s popular Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping and lets

2015 Photo Contest Winners

The Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Best of the Chesapeake photo contest. Thanks to all who submitted an entry!   We received almost 100 entries of photos of the Bay and its land, rivers, streams and people.  Each image was beautiful in its own special way! All gave voice to

[Press Release] Richmond Area Tree Planting Grants Available

Urban Tree Canopy Initiative to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay (July 5, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia) The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, through a joint venture with the Virginia Department of Forestry, announces a request for proposals for the development of the Richmond Urban Tree Canopy Initiative to improve water quality in the

Fun Summer Apps for the Nature Enthusiast

During your outdoor adventures this summer you may run across a unique looking tree you don’t recognize, a beautiful bird you can’t quite put your finger on, or maybe a polluted or littered area of a stream. Instead of being left on your own, some mobile applications can help you identify that new species or