50th Anniversary

50 Stories: 17 Years of Project Clean Stream

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hosts an annual watershed-wide cleanup initiative called Project Clean Stream.  Project Clean Stream (PCS) is a favorite among staff because of its hands-on efforts and the community’s connection with their local lands and waterways. Not only are volunteers preventing trash from entering waterways, but they are also learning the …

Read More

50 Stories: What is a Riparian Forest Buffer?

Over one-third of the land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is either covered by development or agriculture. This poses obstacles to water quality in the form of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants, but also to terrestrial wildlife that have little or no habitat in these settings. Luckily, both water quality and wildlife habitat issues can …

Read More

50 Stories: Making Forests Front and Center

Sally Claggett experienced the lure of the Chesapeake Bay from a young age. Growing up on what used to be a pristine tributary, the Tred Avon River, she spent her summer days outside and on the water. The Chesapeake Bay looked much different then. Claggett recalls, “the seaweed was so thick, the crabs couldn’t swim. …

Read More

50 Stories: Dreams of a Forested Future

In 50 years, the Alliance has planted over one million trees! We’re not done yet though, not even close. We have dreams of a heavily forested Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where every town, city, and farm have abundant tree cover. This dream would yield a cleaner Chesapeake Bay and a watershed that is more resilient and …

Read More

50 Stories: Women in Their Woods

Nancy Baker and Holly May share their stories in relation to their passion for forestry work. Nancy Baker is a Forest Ecologist, forestland property owner, and Leader of “Women and Their Woods”. Holly May is a former Alliance employee, DCNR Service Forester for Jefferson, Clairon, and Armstrong counties as well as a forestland property owner. …

Read More

50 Stories: Blog by Former Staff Member, Sara Nicholas

When I joined the Pennsylvania Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay office in 1998, it was for three good reasons; I loved the mission, I was able to work part-time and pay a little more attention to my two growing daughters, and I got my hands in the dirt again. I had been working full-time for …

Read More

50 Stories: Interview with Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, Ann Swanson

Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, Ann Swanson reflects on the early years of bay conservation and her time spent working with Fran Flanigan. Fran taught Ann how important it was to work with and listen to the community. Ann worked closely with the Alliance as we became the leading convener of voices throughout …

Read More

50 Stories: Alliance Through the Years

Through the years, our logo has remained relatively consistent; Reflecting our commitment to bring together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve the lands and the waters of the Chesapeake Bay

Read More

50 Stories: Interview with William Matuszeski (BMAT)

Retired Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program and Alliance Honorary Director, William Matuszeski (BMAT) reflects on his time working with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and his appreciation for our unique work on the local level such as the Alliance’s annual ‘Susquehanna Sojourn’” as well as our ability to connect with the public.

Read More

Pioneers in the Wilderness in the 1970s

How caring for the environment became an “it thing” and hit its stride with the aid of teamwork and collaboration

Read More