About Nissa Dean

Nissa is the Alliance's Virginia State Director, where she oversees program staff, and manages a variety of projects, all relying heavily on local partnerships that leverage resources to implement green infrastructure and improve local water quality.

A Thing for the Water

I have a thing for the water. I know, that’s a big surprise to hear coming from the Virginia Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, but it’s true. I really have a BIG thing for the water. Creeks, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean… all of it sets my heart on fire and soothes my soul, like nothing else, both at the same time. When I smell sea salt on the air, I swear I can feel it coursing through my veins. I have a thing for the water.

City of Richmond Turns Its Attention to Green Spaces

On January 28th, in his third State of the City address, Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney announced a new initiative to expand urban parks and increase green space in the city. He explained that 51,000 Richmonders live farther than a 10-minute walk to a park and that only 6% of the city’s land is used

Are you Chesapeake Bay aware?

By Nissa Dean and Liz Chodoba In 2016, the Legislatures of each of the Chesapeake Bay watershed commonwealths and states designated the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This designation urges all Chesapeake Bay residents “to commemorate the Week with events, activities, and educational programs designed to raise awareness of the importance

Living Waters: Wading In

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   Brock Environmental Center 3663 Marlin Bay Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee: $25 (includes lunch and workshop materials)* Rooms at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center are available at a reduced rate. We invite you to

RiverWise Program Empowers Local Action

It starts with individuals. One person can influence the larger community. This is how Richmond local Linda Mills feels about inspiring environmental action within the watershed.  When it comes to keeping the watershed and river system clean, there has been a huge surge in local citizens wanting to do their part.

Stormwater Sentries: New Stormwater Game for Earth Day

At a launch event for the video game Stormwater Sentries, released earlier this month on Facebook, teacher Jamie Lahy (left) and sophomores Max Loftis (center) and Sam Luten (right) played Stormwater Sentries. Photo courtesy of Falls Church News-Press. Richmond, Va. – April 21, 2014 – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay,Timmons Group,

Business Leaders Discuss Bay Restoration at Forum

On March 27th, 2014 the Alliance hosted its premier Chesapeake Business Forum at the Dominion Technical Center at Innsbrook.  The event was the culmination of years of discussions about how to invite the business community to have a larger, more visible and prominent role in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. Since the Businesses For

East End Edible Rain Garden Project

A Neighborhood-Focused Approach to Stormwater Pollution Prevention NFWF presents funding for the Edible Rain Garden project. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has partnered with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), a faith-based non-profit that serves at-risk youth in the East End of Richmond, to demonstrate how traditional rain gardens can be used

Become a Bayfriend

The Chesapeake Bay is among the nation’s greatest natural resources and one of its most challenged bodies of water. Chesapeake Bay seafood is prized around the world and Virginia ranks third in the nation for seafood production. A cleaner Bay is also good for business – more tourism, more seafood and more jobs.   That’s why we need help

Stormwater: Collaboration is Key

How rain turns into stormwater and the impact that stormwater has on our waterways is on the mind of local, state, and federal agencies as they struggle to meet EPA requirements to clean up the streams and rivers flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been working on several