Bay Journal

Kate Fritz, former head of South River Federation, to lead Alliance

Kate Fritz is no stranger to the issues that face the Chesapeake Bay watershed, having lived in five of the seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions. Fritz joins the¬†Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay¬†as the new executive director, bringing more than 15 years of experience in scientific data collection, local land use planning, ecological restoration and nonprofit management. …

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Businesses step up to help the Chesapeake

Lots of indicators of water quality and habitat show that progress is slowly being made to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Ultimately, we would probably all agree that it will take commitment from all segments of society and a broad base of participation to be successful in reaching our goals in the long …

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Are you Chesapeake Bay aware?

By Nissa Dean and Liz Chodoba In 2016, the Legislatures of each of the Chesapeake Bay watershed commonwealths and states designated the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This designation urges all Chesapeake Bay residents “to commemorate the Week with events, activities, and educational programs designed to raise awareness of the importance …

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Project Clean Stream: Engaging Businesses and Making a Splash in Local Communities

Every spring, local waterways and woodlands receive a clean start as thousands of volunteers come together for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream, the largest annual volunteer cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region. This year, Project Clean Stream officially kicks off on April 1, 2017 for its 14th year of bringing …

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Stormwater Symbiosis: A Look at the Bloomingdale Rebate Program as a Successful Example of Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership

Mutually Beneficial Relationships Flourish Institutions that embody symbiotic relationships between public, private, and civil society sectors have proven to be a successful model for the management of water resources across the globe. Their cooperative approach brings together a range of partners that can accommodate diverse community needs in a way that is transparent, inclusive, and …

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Growing partnerships with farmers key to restoring Octoraro watershed

The Chesapeake region is fortunate to have a variety of organizations that are interested in creating innovative partnerships to address local needs for clean water. In 2016, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was awarded two grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to reduce nitrate pollution in the Octoraro watershed in Lancaster and …

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Can you give a day to your local stream?

[imageframe link=”http://bitly.com/PrjClnStrm” ] Over the last few months, working for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I have had a chance to experience how local watershed and citizen groups and volunteers work together and respond to a cause like Project Clean Stream. Our partners, local and regional groups like Blue Water Baltimore, the Sassafras River …

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It’s Time To Put More Focus on Watershed’s Healthy Streams

A view of the Nanticoke River and it’s countless winding tributaries. Photo by Matt Rath/Chesapeake Bay Program.Most people understand, intuitively, that the ability to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is dependent on what we accomplish in its 64,000-square-mile watershed. The watershed is the primary focus for the improvements (best management practices) that make up the …

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How can we diversify participation in Bay restoration efforts?

For more than 40 years, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been dedicated to expanding citizen participation in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration efforts. The Alliance has always believed that the ultimate key to success lies in a strong sense of stewardship among the residents and visitors to this watershed. Indeed, success will require a …

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Citizen Stewardship

Volunteers & Alliance staff after the tree planting at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Fall 2013.I love the phrase, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Peter Levine, who wrote a book of the same name on civic renewal, cites the origin of this phrase in the poetry of June Jordan. It has …

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