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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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Welcome Four New Alliance Staff Members

Over the last few months, there have been some additions here on the Alliance team. It is with great excitement that we announce three new staff members! Read on to learn more about each of these passionate new employees and hear how they will help us increase our impact!

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Our Top Five Favorite Native Plant Fun Facts

It seems like everywhere you look, the native flowers of the Chesapeake are in full bloom. We asked our native plant-loving staff to provide a few fun facts about some of their favorite native plants! From herbal teas to honey bees, it’s fascinating to learn about the beneficial qualities of our native plants! We hope …

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Our Top 5 Dog Friendly Hikes in Richmond

Warmer weather is upon us and nobody is more excited than our canine friends. The Richmond staff kindly put together a list of some of their favorite hikes to take their dogs on. We hope that if you’re in the Richmond area that you and your dog can find some time to enjoy the outdoors, explore nature, and maybe take a dip in the James River. 

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Virginia elected officials engage with innovative Eastern Shore agriculture practices

With funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) hosted its Wandering Virginia’s Waterways bus tour March 31-April 1st, 2022. This 2-day bus tour invited Virginia’s mainland local elected officials to take a trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and explore the Commonwealth’s lower Eastern Shore.

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Kayaking Our Way to Clean Streams

In 2019, my husband and I started a nonprofit that focused on the environment, The High 5 Initiative. What we found is that communities want to help, they just needed a way to, so we created a cleanup and a recycling initiative that focused on providing paths to communities to become better environmental stewards.

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