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Maintaining a Conservation Garden at John B. Cary

This fall, on a chilly October morning, Alliance staff members on the Virginia Green Infrastructure team met with employees from Dominion Energy and community members at John B. Cary Elementary School (Cary) to plant native trees and shrubs in the school’s conservation garden. The garden is formerly a grassy lawn converted to a landscaped area that provides multiple environmental benefits and serves as an outdoor classroom and recreation space for the school and surrounding neighborhood.

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Celebrating the Career of a Chesapeake Conservation Pioneer

On November 21st, Ann Swanson, long-time Chair of the tri-state Chesapeake Bay Commission, retired from her position. She has made a massive impact on the Chesapeake Bay during her career, working closely with the Alliance as we became the leading convener of voices throughout the watershed. Ann’s guidance has helped the Commission guide state legislation in Pennsylvania, Maryland,, and Virginia to restore the Chesapeake watershed.

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Delaware’s state and local leaders tour green infrastructure in Seaford

On Friday, October 7th, Delaware elected officials gathered in downtown Seaford to explore the city’s innovative green infrastructure practices as part of the Alliance’s first Wandering Delaware’s Waterways walking tour.

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Champion Trees of Harford County

This past May, the Alliance hosted a free, guided tour of 10 champion trees in Harford County, MD. Learn more about what champion trees are and how you can find a few for yourself in a self-guided tour.

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Stories from the Susquehanna: Paddling from the Headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay – Mile 109 to 225

Follow along as Alliance staff member, Laura Todd, paddles all 444 miles of the Main Branch of the Susquehanna River with her father, Mark. Starting in June 2022 in Cooperstown, New York, the pair began kayaking down the river to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Appreciating Our Riparian Rangers Volunteers

We had a great time getting together with some of our existing Riparian Rangers at Lancaster County Central Park! It was a great opportunity to have our volunteers meet in person to discuss the rewards and challenges that come with reforestation efforts and to celebrate their achievements in helping young forests get established.

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Welcome Nine New Alliance Staff Members

We are having quite the growth spurt here at the Alliance. We’ve added nine new staff members to our team since April 2022! 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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An Award-Winning Partnership

The Alliance and our friends at Digital Ink won a Web Excellence award in the “Website — Environmental Awareness” category. Learn more about our work with Digital Ink and what this award means to our teams.

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A Trip Down Monarda Lane

It can be easy to forget where our food comes from and the work that goes into making that food (and that it doesn’t just appear in a grocery store). In a similar way, it can be easy to ignore where the native seed mixes we purchase come from. In the era of online shopping, it just takes a few clicks to have a nice sack of native wildflower seed mix delivered to our doors, but of course, much more work goes into the process of making sure there are enough native seeds to go around!

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Changing Perceptions of the Capital’s Waterways: Potomac, Anacostia, and Rock Creek

In the early 2000s, I grew up kayaking, hiking, and rowing on and along the Potomac River. I remember feeling lucky to have access to my local river. I enjoyed watching the herons perch along the rocky banks, and paddling around the DC monuments after school with my friends and classmates. The river provided an incalculable benefit to living in this area.

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