Staff Blog

Stories from the Susquehanna: Paddling From the Headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay – Mile 0 to Mile 109

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 will kayak down the river to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. This series will follow their journey over the next year as they paddle the longest river on the East Coast, sharing Susquehanna facts, photos, and reflections from the trip along the way. 

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Brightside Baptist Church’s rain garden proves that green infrastructure is both beautiful and functional

Rain gardens are a crucial piece of green infrastructure that capture and filter stormwater before it enters local waterways. They are bowl-shaped and full of native grasses, perennials, and shrubs whose roots filter sediment and pollutants from runoff. They also prevent flooding by storing water, reducing erosion from collecting sediment, and providing habitats for native …

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Rain gardens are effective tools to reduce stormwater runoff

Summer is here and with it, some of our favorite weather. Rising temperatures drive us to the water, where we enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including watching thunderstorms! While afternoon storms are often accompanied by welcome cooler air, they also bring sudden downpours and large volumes of water that come too fast for the …

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Macro-Invertebrate Study at Red Lion Middle School

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay conducted a macro-invertebrate study at Barshinger Creek behind Red Lion Middle School in York County, PA. Here, a group of 10 elementary and middle school students waded through the creek and used nets to collect aquatic wildlife like fish, tadpoles, salamanders, and all sorts of …

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Welcome to Our Summer LGAC and Communications Intern, Sean O’Connor

Hi! I’m Sean O’Connor and I’m an intern for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. I’m from Norristown, PA and I’m a junior at Franklin and Marshall College majoring in environmental science. At the Alliance, I’m primarily working in the local government and communication teams. Currently, my main project is to gather local official contact information …

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Juneteenth Celebrations Throughout the Watershed

Below are a few events happening across the watershed, along with a few virtual events you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. The Alliance encourages all our friends and partners to join us in recognizing the Juneteenth Holiday. Take an opportunity to learn, discuss, or celebrate in your community – and walk away with growing knowledge of where we have been and where we hope to go in our effort for social and racial justice.

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Lots to see and learn during the spring Wandering Waterways Tours!

Hosted by members of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee, with support from state agencies and associations, the Alliance held three 2-day tours, one each in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia between late March and early May 2022.

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Fishing Spiders: Tickly Water Walkers

“Hey Rob, can you write an article for the newsletter? Maybe something that showcases the wildlife of the watershed. Something that makes people feel good, gives them warm and fuzzy feelings.” Hmm fuzzy… I know just the thing!  Spiders!  Everyone likes spiders!   Now before you say “Nope” first of all, think of something original to …

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Welcome to our 2022 Virginia Office Summer Intern!

Anna Kelley is our 2022 Summer Intern at the Richmond office. The inspiration for her work and being an active steward of the environment comes from growing up along the James River.

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The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure

In May 2021 the Alliance and our partners at ecoLatinos set forth on a new project: The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure. I should start by saying St. Catherine was very green already. Sitting on almost 10 acres of beautiful property in Montgomery County, MD, the Catholic church has immaculate grounds. However, more than half …

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