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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.

RiverWise Education: Fostering the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

How do we relate the importance of our environment to our daily actions? Are we teaching our children how to think about how their daily actions relate to the health of our land and waters? Do we know what impact we have on stimulating environmental awareness in children?  Are we raising children

Climate Change, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay

A new MCCC report says climate change will lead to more severe storms in Maryland, along with rising sea levels and increased temperatures. With the Climate Change Conference just ending in the Paris Agreement on Tuesday (Dec 15), climate change has been at the forefront of everyone’s news feeds once again. It’s easy to

Our Taste of the Chesapeake Fundraiser

Taste of the Chesapeake 2016 Please Join Us! The Taste of the Chesapeake, our annual fundraising gala and celebration of our environmental leadership award winners, will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 (5:30-9:00p.m.) in Annapolis, Maryland at the Rooftop Conference Center in the Belcher Pavilion of the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Renewed Commitment to Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring in Virginia

On November 18th, leaders from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Izaak Walton League of America, Virginia Citizens for Water Quality, and Virginia Water Monitoring Council, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay renewed a long-standing commitment to partnering to give citizens the tools and trainings needed

Trees for Sacred Places Plants 10,000 Trees!

Congregation members planting at a sappling outside their house of worship Trees for Sacred Places is proud to announce that we have planted 10,901 trees as part of the Maryland Governors Stream Buffer Challenge. Originally called 10,000 Trees when this project was begun in 2013, Trees for Sacred Places engages houses of

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

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,

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

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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