Slowing Land Subsidence in Hampton Roads, VA with Wastewater

Hampton Roads, Virginia is the second largest population area threatened by sea level rise in the country. Southeast Virginia is predicted to be inundated with an additional one to three plus feet of sea level by 2060. Forcing as many as 170,000 residents to relocate. About half of the previous sea level rise can be

Alliance’s Howard County READY Program Wins Melanie Teems Award

Left to right: Al Todd (Alliance Executive Director), Lori Lilly (Howard EcoWorks Director), Ted Wolf (READY Program Assistant), and Lou Etgen (Maryland State Director) accept award The Alliance's Howard County READY (Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth) Program, founded in partnership with People Acting Together in Howard (PATH) and Howard County, and now managed

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

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

RiverWise Congregations Comes to A Close

In January of 2013 the Alliance and it’s partners put their brains together to come up with the concept for RiverWise Congregations. Over the next year, with the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC), Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy (AAWSA), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDDNR), and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), planning commenced for plantings

Wrapping Up Trees for Sacred Places Planting Season

The Maryland Office wrapped up its Trees for Sacred Places planting season this November. Throughout this past Fall, 737 native trees were planted at 16 Houses of Worship and hundreds of volunteers were engaged at educational workshops. The Trees for Sacred Places program was started over 3 years ago, and has planted 11,941 trees across the state of

Engaging Young Community Members in Richmond

Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Alliance has partnered with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), the Center for Watershed Protection and Sustainable Chesapeake to engage local youth in integrating edible gardens with stormwater reduction practices in the East End of Richmond. CHAT recruits local high school students

Intern Spotlight: Meet Jordan

Hello, my name is Jordan Jackson and I am in my first summer here at the Alliance, and the experience has been nothing but great. I currently attend Hermitage High School in Henrico County and I have a lot of interests, including chemistry, but I would never have thought that I would come

Climate Change, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay

A new MCCC report says climate change will lead to more severe storms in Maryland, along with rising sea levels and increased temperatures. With the Climate Change Conference just ending in the Paris Agreement on Tuesday (Dec 15), climate change has been at the forefront of everyone’s news feeds once again. It’s easy to

RiverWise Congregations: Creating Environmental Stewards from Faithful Stewards

RiverWise Congregations is busy installing stormwater BMPs, including rain gardens and native plant gardens, at houses of worship throughout Anne Arundel County in Maryland. RiverWise Congregations, started in 2014, is an extension of the Alliances RiverWise Communities program and engages 20+ congregations in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and their members in the

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October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ Plantings in Pennsylvania

Penn State Mont Alto professor Craig Houghton demonstrates proper tree planting techniques. October was a big month for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay tree plantings in Pennsylvania! The Alliance is wrapping up its October Proves Successful for ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ program in Franklin County, and helped coordinate volunteer plantings at six locations to

Protecting One of Maryland’s Pristine Brook Trout Streams with the Chesapeake Forest Fund

Forests are the best land use for reducing excessive sediment and nutrient inputs into the creeks, streams, and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Trees prevent severe soil erosion, they trap and take up nutrient pollution before it reaches waterways, and through their shade and inputs of leaves, stems, and other