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Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Awarded $4 Million to Support Dairy Producers

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with Turkey Hill Dairy, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and nine other partners, was recently awarded $4 million to continue supporting dairy farmers in South Central Pennsylvania with on-the-ground improvements through the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership (THCWP). Funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of …

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Across the Generations- Interview with Long-Time Supporter, Charlie Conklin

This month, as part of our 50 stories for our 50th Anniversary, we are focusing on the theme “Across the Generations.”  With 50 years of experience, the Alliance has worked with some incredible leaders from across the decades. We interviewed Charlie Conklin, former Board Member, Watershed Forum planning team member, and long-time supporter, of the …

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10 Simple Actions YOU Can Take Everyday to Help Improve the Bay

In April as part of our 50 stories for our 50th Anniversary, we focused on “Community Members Taking Action.” Below are two videos on simple actions that YOU can take to help improve the health of our local lands and water.  

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Finding your serenity in the garden

May is here and nature is in full bloom! Let’s slow down and take it all in – or at least what’s in our own planters!
National Garden Meditation Day is recognized on May 3rd of each year and encourages us all to stop and smell the roses, literally!

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A Day on the Cape – A Community Leading the Way for a Restored Bay

On Saturday, I told my husband that I was going to visit the center of the universe, and he knew exactly where I meant – the Cape St. Claire Community near Annapolis, MD.  If you live in Annapolis, you likely know that there is always 6-degrees of separation to the Cape. While this might be …

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50 Stories: Project Clean Stream Site Captains Helping Their Community

This month for our 50 Stories for our 50th, we are celebrating community members taking action. April also marks the kick-off of our annual Project Clean Stream season. We would not be able to pull off hundreds of clean-up events each year for the past 17 years, without the support from our amazing site captains. …

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Rethinking Earth Day through the lens of Climate Justice

Recently it has become more difficult to separate Earth Day events from the awareness of climate change. Traditional Earth Day celebrations and “environmentalism” in general conjure images of vast spaces of protected pristine lands and water, majestic forests, and quintessential North American wildlife species that evoke the feeling of special places and patriotism. Or we …

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Preserving ancient wetlands and the species that rely on them

In January of 2021 the Alliance coordinated the installation of a wetland habitat enhancement project in Charles County, Maryland. Through a series of four vernal pools the project has created habitat for various amphibians and reptiles in the surrounding area.

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Monitor Moment: Jack and Carol Kauffman

Meet Jack and Carol Kauffman, new residents of the Middle Peninsula of Virginia after moving from their longtime Pennsylvania homes in Montgomery and Berks Counties in 2018. Jack, a retired drug discovery scientist, and Carol, a retired teacher, chose their new home along Bland Creek, a tributary of the York River, because of the access is provided to water and nature. Soon after their move, they became involved with the Friends of the Dragon Run conservation group and met the members of the Virginia Master Naturalists, inspiring them to join the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists chapter. Through this training, they were introduced to the RiverTrends monitoring project with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

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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 …

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