Staff Blog

Tayloe Murphy – Remembering a Legend; Honoring a Legacy

The Alliance is saddened by the loss of the Virginia conservation giant, Tayloe Murphy, who passed away on September 15th.  Tayloe served in many roles in his esteemed career, and was honored by the Alliance in 2006 with our “Frances Flanigan Environmental Leadership Award” for all he has done for the Chesapeake Bay. To honor Tayloe, Nissa Dean, Virginia State Director, wrote a tribute to her personal hero and mentor.

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The Alliance releases its Diversity Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Terminology Guide for communicators

After a year of continued research and discussion, the Alliance unveiled the official DEIJ Terminology Communications Guide on September 17th, 2021 coupled with resources for further definitive research and access to inclusive perspectives. While the guide was created to help address questions our own staff has had over the years, we hope it can serve as an invaluable resource to other communicators as well.

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50 Stories: Using Green Infrastructure to Connect Students and the Richmond Community with their Watershed.

This month as part of our 50 Stories for Our 50th we are celebrating our Green Infrastructure work. In the past couple of years, our Virginia Environmental Education Specialist, Meredeth Dash out of our Richmond, Virginia office has been working hard to connect local students to their waterways through green initiatives on their schoolyards. In …

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Welcoming Three Team Members

The Alliance is thrilled to welcome three new staff members to our team! Joining the Green Infrastructure team in Washington, DC is David Lanier. He comes with a degree in environmental science from Towson University and a fondness for outdoor recreational activities. David’s addition has greatly increased the team’s capacity to help out the contractors …

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50 Stories: River Sojourns and Connecting with Nature: Narrated by Jamie Alberti

The River Sojourns were week-long paddling trips that connected community members with their local waterways. Starting in the 90s, the sojourns occurred annually for about 10 years on the Susquehanna, Potomac, and Patuxent Rivers as an opportunity for people young, old, and everywhere in between to connect with nature. Staff member, Jamie Alberti reflects on her experience as staff leader on the River Sojourns and her major takeaways. Jamie encourages everyone to get outside, experience nature in any way that they can, and create some memories. 

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Announcing Our 2021 Taste: Celebrate 50 Years Keynote Speaker

A key tenant of the Alliance over the last 50 years has been to work together. That means across the communities, businesses and companies, and conservation groups who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake.  No single restoration project, education effort, or advocacy campaign has ever been successful without the diverse voices that have a …

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Watershed Forum Agenda

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50 Stories: “It Takes a Collective Village”: Interview with Andy Lacatell

As I look back over the 50 years of our history, I realize we’ve had some great game changers and influencers work at the Alliance. This month, as we’re approaching fall, when we celebrate our achievements and partners at the Taste, it’s a good time to hear from some of those folks. I sat down with The Nature Conservancy’s Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program Director.

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50 Stories: The Connecting Power of the Susquehanna Sojourn by Cindy Dunn

The first sojourn took place from below the New York state line in Sayre to Wilkes-Barre.  From the beginning, the sojourns covered long distances with substantial daily mileage.  The most rewarding part of leading the sojourns was watching the paddlers, local officials and local citizens get so excited about a river they didn’t know about – whether they were local and just took it for granted, or a paddler from afar learning about the Susquehanna first hand.

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Perdue Foundation Grants $10,000 to Alliance’s Project Clean Stream

Project Clean Stream would not be possible without the vital support of sponsors such as the Perdue Foundation. The Alliance relies on this support to ensure the success and impact of Project Clean Stream each year and into the years ahead to continue to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. 

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