Staff Blog

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Bernie Fowler Patuxent River Wade-in: 37 Years of Community Science

This past June, I attended my first Bernie Fowler Wade-In on the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland. I was grateful to be in community with other clean water champions, carrying on important traditions. As a community, we collected one more piece of evidence that together, we can go farther.

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Environmentally Themed Reads For Your Summer

Camping, hammocks, beach days, wherever you go, the too-hot afternoons and the long hours of daylight make reading one of the best summer pastimes.

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Coleman Organic, Brian Eckman, Coleman Family Farmer since 2015

Corporate Partnerships lead to on farm conservation: How the Alliance and Perdue are aiding poultry farmers with their conservation needs.

From animal waste management systems to vegetative environmental buffers (VEBs), the Alliance and Perdue have been able to mitigate environmental resource concerns, while creating a more natural environment for the poultry flocks.

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Invasive Bittersweet Vines: All Bitter, No Sweet

It might be in your nearest park or forest, or even your own backyard, if you’re not a diligent invasive weed puller. If you live anywhere in the watershed, it’s definitely in your state.

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Below the Surface of Monitoring: Dissolved Oxygen

Water chemistry is sort of like a finely balanced seesaw. When it comes to dissolved oxygen, water temperature is its trusty friend on the other side. However, the effects of warming waters on dissolved oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are no game.

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70,000 Native Trees and Shrubs for Big Elk Creek State Park

The Alliance’s largest-ever tree planting is complete; Big Elk Creek State Park in Chester County, Pennsylvania now has 270 acres of new forest, including over 70,000 native tree and shrub seedlings!

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Creating Healthier Home Garden Habitats

As any home gardener knows, a healthy garden can include plenty of variety. However, when selecting what plants to put in your garden, it is important to be picky.

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Below the Surface of Monitoring: Water Temperature

Welcome to Below the Surface of Monitoring, a four-part series in which we will dive deep into the nuances of the Alliance’s Water Quality Monitor program.

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Putting Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative Data to Use

What good is data if it never gets used? The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) is here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Each group within the CMC network is monitoring to achieve their own unique and individual goals for education, advocacy, outreach, and communication and have made enormous impacts on their communities.

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Move Over Miscanthus, Three Native Grasses to Plant Instead

Non-native species aren’t inherently bad, and not all non-native species become invasive. However, we should thoughtfully consider our landscaping choices, particularly when heading to our local garden center.

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