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The River Sojourns were week-long paddling trips that connected community members with their local waterways. Starting in the 90s, the sojourns occurred annually for about 10 years on the Susquehanna, Potomac, and Patuxent Rivers as an opportunity for people young, old, and everywhere in between to connect with nature. Staff member, Jamie Alberti reflects on her experience as staff leader on the River Sojourns and her major takeaways. Jamie encourages everyone to get outside, experience nature in any way that they can, and create some memories.
As I look back over the 50 years of our history, I realize we’ve had some great game changers and influencers work at the Alliance. This month, as we’re approaching fall, when we celebrate our achievements and partners at the Taste, it’s a good time to hear from some of those folks. I sat down with The Nature Conservancy’s Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program Director.
The first sojourn took place from below the New York state line in Sayre to Wilkes-Barre. From the beginning, the sojourns covered long distances with substantial daily mileage. The most rewarding part of leading the sojourns was watching the paddlers, local officials and local citizens get so excited about a river they didn’t know about – whether they were local and just took it for granted, or a paddler from afar learning about the Susquehanna first hand.
August is National Water Quality Month and we are celebrating by sharing stories to go along with our “50 Stories for Our 50th” series. On August 10th we were lucky enough to have a run-through of what water quality monitoring looks like with our Water Quality Monitoring Initiative Director, Liz Chudoba, and our Water Quality …
Joe Maroon is the executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment and has been working with or involved with the Alliance for many years. Joe was in attendance at the first Bay agreement in 1983 at George Mason University where the Alliance played an integral part. Along with Joe’s connection with the Alliance since that bay agreement, Joe is also involved with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s, Citizens Advisory Committee. Listen to Joe’s stories about the past and his ideas and advice for the future.
The health of our waterways is not determined by their clarity. Although most people would feel more comfortable swimming in a crystal clear creek; just because that creek is clear, does not mean it’s clean. The true, comprehensive measurement of water health is called water quality.
As we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, there is a longstanding relationship that is integral to the Alliance’s growth over the years and our mission and vision today. That is the history of the Alliance’s role in providing professional coordination services for the Chesapeake Bay Program.
The Local Government Advisory Committee consists of local elected officials from across the Watershed who have been appointed by their respective Governors or Mayor (in the case of the District of Columbia). This blog focuses on the Alliance’s Wandering Waterways Project Series which aims to connect, immerse, and inspire local officials as they work to find solutions to water quality challenges across the Chesapeake Bay region.
Local Government Advisory Committee members share how serving as a part of the Advisory Committee has shaped their decision-making on behalf of their communities.
When the Alliance mysteriously started receiving Bon Appetit magazine last year, I was intrigued, but when I received the April 2021 issue titled “1971: A Year that Changed Food Forever,” I read on with great interest. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, it struck me how 50 years has seen many advancements in the areas of the buy local food movement and how farmers grow, and consumers buy sustainably grown food products.