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Local governments plan for resilient communities

Annual Local Government Forum convened local decision-makers and climate experts to discuss resiliency planning.

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Alliance Receives Over $4 Million to Accelerate Work Across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

On Friday, December 2nd, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced over $33 million in grant awards to support restoration and conservation work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Representatives from NFWF and the EPA shared news of the 104 total grants to a group of local leaders and community members at Truxtun Park, Annapolis, …

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Thanks for 12 Great Years, Eastport!

Our Maryland office has called 501 6th Street in the Eastport community home for the last 12 years. As our headquarters, the building has been a central gathering place for staff, Board, volunteers, community members, partners, and so many more.

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Fallen Leaves: A Tree’s Gift to the Stream

Do you understand the important role fallen leaves play in our ecosystems? After the season of fall foliage, leaves of our deciduous trees brown, fall, and start the second half of their lives, giving back to the ecosystem that formed them!

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For Our Forests: 29,071 Trees to be Planted this Fall

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 areas of land adjacent to a stream containing native trees and shrubs.

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Maintaining a Conservation Garden at John B. Cary

This fall, on a chilly October morning, Alliance staff members on the Virginia Green Infrastructure team met with employees from Dominion Energy and community members at John B. Cary Elementary School (Cary) to plant native trees and shrubs in the school’s conservation garden. The garden is formerly a grassy lawn converted to a landscaped area that provides multiple environmental benefits and serves as an outdoor classroom and recreation space for the school and surrounding neighborhood.

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Celebrating the Career of a Chesapeake Conservation Pioneer

On November 21st, Ann Swanson, long-time Chair of the tri-state Chesapeake Bay Commission, retired from her position. She has made a massive impact on the Chesapeake Bay during her career, working closely with the Alliance as we became the leading convener of voices throughout the watershed. Ann’s guidance has helped the Commission guide state legislation in Pennsylvania, Maryland,, and Virginia to restore the Chesapeake watershed.

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We’re grateful for the Chesapeake and YOU!

Dear Alliance family and friends, As 2022 comes to a close and we begin to reflect on all that we’ve achieved and the things we’re thankful for, one thing is clear, you have helped us achieve so much this year! This has been an exciting year for our team. The Alliance continues to strategically grow …

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Strengthening and Building “Buffer” Partnerships

How do you balance multiple organizational missions while collaborating on a project?  What do you do if the community you are trying to help doesn’t understand why you want to remove trees and shrubs in their neighborhood? How do you politely ask someone to stop dumping an invasive plant into a stream you worked hard …

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Taking Steps Toward Equitable Funding Throughout the Watershed

On September 15th, 2022, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) hosted a panel discussion on equitable access to grant funding during its quarterly meeting in Washington, DC.

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