Staff Blog

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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Chesapeake Conservation Corps; ‘foot in the door’ and more

I reached out to Ryan Davis, the Pennsylvania forest projects manager at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, to see if the Alliance would support a tree-planting effort at my college. They did. Within less than a year, we had planted 1.5 acres of new forest on campus, which grew to a total of 6.4 acres over the next two years.

That hands-on experience was crucial as I looked for post-college opportunities. Ultimately, I decided to join the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. This program has played an important role in helping young adults launch environmental careers.

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50 Stories: 36 Years of RiverTrends (Breakfast on the Bay)

August is National Water Quality Month and we are celebrating by sharing stories to go along with our “50 Stories for Our 50th” series. On August 10th we were lucky enough to have a run-through of what water quality monitoring looks like with our Water Quality Monitoring Initiative Director, Liz Chudoba, and our Water Quality …

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Monitor Moment: Kerry and Dave Harlan

Kerry and Dave enjoy visiting their monitoring sites year-round and getting to see the seasonal changes. They would encourage others to get involved in monitoring because collective efforts like RiverTrends will help us as a society understand trends and impacts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that impact us all.

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Breakfast On The Bay: Live Tree Talk

A few weeks ago, I found myself chasing our Pennsylvania Forests Projects Manager, Ryan Davis, around one of the Alliance’s riparian forest buffers. Ryan was busy sharing a wealth of knowledge about our forests during what we call a Tree Talk, and I had the unique pleasure of filming him as the demonstration was streamed …

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50 Stories: Interview with Joe Maroon

Joe Maroon is the executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment and has been working with or involved with the Alliance for many years. Joe was in attendance at the first Bay agreement in 1983 at George Mason University where the Alliance played an integral part. Along with Joe’s connection with the Alliance since that bay agreement, Joe is also involved with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s, Citizens Advisory Committee. Listen to Joe’s stories about the past and his ideas and advice for the future. 

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50 Stories: What is Water Quality?

The health of our waterways is not determined by their clarity. Although most people would feel more comfortable swimming in a crystal clear creek; just because that creek is clear, does not mean it’s clean. The true, comprehensive measurement of water health is called water quality.

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A Reflection on my Time as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member

Working with the staff at the Alliance has been such an enriching experience. I was expecting that I would mostly be working under, or shadowing individual staff, but I have been treated as an equal colleague from the very beginning. Asking me for my perspective and encouraging me to take ownership of project aspects and assignments built my self-confidence in my ability to do things I never thought were possible.

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