Staff Blog

Delaware’s state and local leaders tour green infrastructure in Seaford

On Friday, October 7th, Delaware elected officials gathered in downtown Seaford to explore the city’s innovative green infrastructure practices as part of the Alliance’s first Wandering Delaware’s Waterways walking tour.

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Champion Trees of Harford County

This past May, the Alliance hosted a free, guided tour of 10 champion trees in Harford County, MD. Learn more about what champion trees are and how you can find a few for yourself in a self-guided tour.

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Two people floating down a river in kayaks, past a bridge.

Stories from the Susquehanna: Paddling from the Headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay – Mile 109 to 225

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 began kayaking down the river to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Appreciating Our Riparian Rangers Volunteers

We had a great time getting together with some of our existing Riparian Rangers at Lancaster County Central Park! It was a great opportunity to have our volunteers meet in person to discuss the rewards and challenges that come with reforestation efforts and to celebrate their achievements in helping young forests get established.

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Welcome Nine New Alliance Staff Members

We are having quite the growth spurt here at the Alliance. We’ve added nine new staff members to our team since April 2022! Read on to learn more about each of these passionate new employees and hear how they will help us increase our impact.

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A Trip Down Monarda Lane

It can be easy to forget where our food comes from and the work that goes into making that food (and that it doesn’t just appear in a grocery store). In a similar way, it can be easy to ignore where the native seed mixes we purchase come from. In the era of online shopping, it just takes a few clicks to have a nice sack of native wildflower seed mix delivered to our doors, but of course, much more work goes into the process of making sure there are enough native seeds to go around!

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Changing Perceptions of the Capital’s Waterways: Potomac, Anacostia, and Rock Creek

In the early 2000s, I grew up kayaking, hiking, and rowing on and along the Potomac River. I remember feeling lucky to have access to my local river. I enjoyed watching the herons perch along the rocky banks, and paddling around the DC monuments after school with my friends and classmates. The river provided an incalculable benefit to living in this area.

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Importance of Buffer Maintenance

Why are riparian buffers important? Riparian buffers are important because they reduce erosion, runoff, and emissions and create habitats for native species. The roots of the trees hold the soil together and filter out contaminants in runoff before they reach the water. And the leaves absorb emissions and provide shade which keeps the water cool and oxygen-rich. For those that like to fish, high levels of oxygen and nutrients are required for a body of water to support aquatic life. Vegetation in riparian buffers also attracts birds, insects, and bats which eat mosquitos and other pesky insects. 

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Celebrating Shark Week: Jaws of the Chesapeake

Happy Shark Week everyone! If you’re anything like me, you are glued to the Discovery Channel for exactly one week every summer to learn from the newest and most groundbreaking shark research happening around the world. With Shark Week coinciding with peak swimming and boating season, you may have found yourself wondering – Are there …

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Community Engagement in DC and Beyond

Summer is in full swing, and the Alliance’s DC Team has been busy all over the District! We have been honored to participate in some exciting events recently that have allowed us to share our meet people from all over – in the watershed and out! Community engagement is a large part of our efforts …

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