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After two years of virtual events, the Taste is back!

The Alliance’s annual Taste celebration is moving upstream in 2022. After two years of virtual events, the Taste will take place in-person at three different venues across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure

In May 2021 the Alliance and our partners at ecoLatinos set forth on a new project: The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure. I should start by saying St. Catherine was very green already. Sitting on almost 10 acres of beautiful property in Montgomery County, MD, the Catholic church has immaculate grounds. However, more than half …

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Top 5 Reasons to Ride a Bike in the Chesapeake Bay Area

If you have spent any significant amount of time driving through Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, or Pennsylvania, you’ve probably experienced at least a few moments of fist-clenching frustration when giving a little extra space to someone pedaling on two wheels. We are often called Bikers, Bicyclists, Cyclists – and sometimes a combination of more profane commuter vernacular during rush hour.

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Stories from the Susquehanna: Paddling from the Headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay

Follow along as Alliance staff member, Laura Todd, paddles all 444 miles of the Main Branch of the Susquehanna River with her father, Mark. Starting in June 2022 in Cooperstown, New York, the pair will kayak down the river to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. This series will follow their journey over the next year as they paddle the longest river on the East Coast, sharing Susquehanna facts, photos, and reflections from the trip along the way. 

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Bird Nesting Boxes on Camera!

When I started with the Alliance in October, I was busy learning about the organization and where I would fit in with my position. Admittedly, it was overwhelming initially, as I was also transitioning from a different sector (local government) and adjusting to working entirely remotely. However, my coworkers on the Agriculture Team were a …

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100,000 Pounds of Trash Picked Up This Project Clean Stream Season

Of the 69 events we hosted, 39 got back to us with their results. Based on the results submitted by our site captains, we removed roughly 68,834 pounds of trash from entering our waterway with the help of 1,095 volunteers. With that being said of the 30 events of results that weren’t recorded- we can estimate that over 100,000 pounds of trash were removed this PCS season. That’s almost twice as much as last year!

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For Our Forests: Over 10,000 Trees Planted This Spring

Each Spring and Fall, Alliance staff work tirelessly to plant thousands of trees throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal is to reforest as much of the watershed as possible for our forests, for our streams, and for our future. Many of these reforestation projects are riparian forest buffers, which are the area of land adjacent to a stream containing native, perennial trees and shrubs.

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A Growing Partnership With Bowie State University

If you’ve watched the news, you’ve seen countless young people stepping up as environmental and social justice leaders. Our youth are the leaders not just of the future but of the present, too. We’re thrilled to be working with students and faculty at Bowie State University (BSU) to host educational, service, and professional opportunities on campus. Since 2020, we’ve enjoyed engaging with several incredible environmental advocates at BSU.

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Hell Bent on Clean Water

My first interaction with a hellbender was profound. Imagine putting your head underwater in a cool mountain stream and inadvertently coming face-to-face with a gigantic, 15-inch aquatic salamander. We were snorkeling in a clear Pennsylvania mountain stream, looking at crayfish and taking photos of fish with our underwater camera. I peered under a rock to get a closer look at a colorful darter, and there it was: a snot otter, the alligator of the Alleghenies, a devil dog, a grampus. Known by many names, the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is a species of giant salamander endemic to eastern North America. It is a completely aquatic amphibian and can grow to be quite large — the record is almost 30 inches.

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John B. Cary Honored as a Green Ribbon School

We are thrilled to share the news that John B. Cary Elementary School (Cary) was named, on Earth Day, as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for 2022. Across the country, 27 schools (with only two in Virginia, both of which are in Richmond), five districts, and four postsecondary institutions also received this …

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