Interview with Board Member, Tara Scully

Tara Scully is an Alliance Board Member, and the Director of the Sustainability Minor Program and an Assistant Professor of Biology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has been on the Alliance’s Board since 2017, and has been a great asset to our organization. When I asked Tara if she has picked up

Native Plants We Love ‒ the Power of Pink!

The summer welcomes numerous sun loving wildflowers that grace a diversity of wildlife habitats natural and manmade. As July comes to a close and August arrives, wildflowers in delicious colors serve delicacies of nectar and pollen to pollinating visitors like bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and solitary wasps. My top three include summer phlox, rose mallow, and

  • A close up of the flower, rudbeckia

Introducing a New Video Series: Native Plant Narratives

Native Plant Narratives is a series of short, educational videos highlighting the benefits of plants native to the Chesapeake Bay region and conservation gardening. Most of the videos will focus on specific native species, where and when to use them, as well as how to care for them. There will also be videos on more

Year of the Woman: Marylou Barton

Marylou sharing her journey as an environmental leader surrounded by nature at her daughter's home in the City of Lancaster (Photo credit: Lydia Martin). This month’s woman of the year blog features a tremendously fierce and passionate leader from Pennsylvania, Marylou Barton. Marylou’s career was activated by her two passions in life; children

Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Vision of Freedom

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela

Peer to Peer Learning Exchange Expands Virtual!

In 2019, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay alongside the Local Leadership Workgroup, Local Government Advisory Committee and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, hosted a bus tour entitled  “Wandering Virginia’s Waterways.”  This two-day peer to peer learning exchange was geared towards elected officials from the Shenandoah area to the coastlines of Virginia, and focused

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Green Infrastructure Program takes root in the City of Lancaster!

The Alliance kicked off a new partnership with the City of Lancaster in the midst of a pandemic. While the impact and implications of COVID-19 moved through local communities we geared up for operating in a remote world. Passionate people who care deeply about the Lancaster community and our environment see opportunities to leverage and expand our work - even in the midst of uncertainties.   

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wins Sustainability Award

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership has earned the Innovation Center for US Dairy’s 2020 Sustainability Award. The award recognizes U.S. dairy farms, businesses, and collaborative partnerships performing innovative work in providing environmental, social, and economic benefits as leaders in taking care of people, animals, and the planet. The Partnership is honored to receive national recognition

A Thing for the Water

I have a thing for the water. I know, that’s a big surprise to hear coming from the Virginia Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, but it’s true. I really have a BIG thing for the water. Creeks, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean… all of it sets my heart on fire and soothes my soul, like nothing else, both at the same time. When I smell sea salt on the air, I swear I can feel it coursing through my veins. I have a thing for the water.

  • A close up photo of the eldeberry inflorescence (flower)

Respect Your Elderberries

Despite being scruffy, warty, and alien-looking, common elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a magnificent shrub. It is hugely beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife and produces a fruit that is prized for food and medicine alike. Elderberry is also incredibly hardy, fast-growing, and prolific, making it a surefire choice for restoration plantings. Though it is

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Riverwise Schools meets STEM in Richmond, VA

Environmental educators from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the James River Park System are thrilled to be working together to bring an after-school program to Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students next year. Middle school students that pick the STEM based program will experience learning outdoors and examine what role they play in their community to protect the James River. Thanks to a recent grant to the Alliance, funded by NAAEE and NOAA, the educators will run the program through the 21st Century Community Learning Center partner, NextUp RVA.  The program has unique features including a TopoBox and a visit to see the Science on a Sphere!

Diverse Communities in Dairy Farming

Dairy farming is not only very physical and demanding work, but also a very stressing one. Not surprisingly, the number of dairy farms is decreasing according to the last Ag Census. But more sadly, the average age of farmers (57.5 years) keeps climbing. This shows us that there are less and less Americans interested in