“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela
In 2019, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay alongside the Local Leadership Workgroup, Local Government Advisory Committee and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, hosted a bus tour entitled “Wandering Virginia’s Waterways.” This two-day peer to peer learning exchange was geared towards elected officials from the Shenandoah area to the coastlines of Virginia, and focused
The Alliance kicked off a new partnership with the City of Lancaster in the midst of a pandemic. While the impact and implications of COVID-19 moved through local communities we geared up for operating in a remote world. Passionate people who care deeply about the Lancaster community and our environment see opportunities to leverage and expand our work - even in the midst of uncertainties.
The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership has earned the Innovation Center for US Dairy’s 2020 Sustainability Award. The award recognizes U.S. dairy farms, businesses, and collaborative partnerships performing innovative work in providing environmental, social, and economic benefits as leaders in taking care of people, animals, and the planet. The Partnership is honored to receive national recognition
I have a thing for the water. I know, that’s a big surprise to hear coming from the Virginia Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, but it’s true. I really have a BIG thing for the water. Creeks, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean… all of it sets my heart on fire and soothes my soul, like nothing else, both at the same time. When I smell sea salt on the air, I swear I can feel it coursing through my veins. I have a thing for the water.
Despite being scruffy, warty, and alien-looking, common elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a magnificent shrub. It is hugely beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife and produces a fruit that is prized for food and medicine alike. Elderberry is also incredibly hardy, fast-growing, and prolific, making it a surefire choice for restoration plantings. Though it is
Environmental educators from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the James River Park System are thrilled to be working together to bring an after-school program to Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students next year. Middle school students that pick the STEM based program will experience learning outdoors and examine what role they play in their community to protect the James River. Thanks to a recent grant to the Alliance, funded by NAAEE and NOAA, the educators will run the program through the 21st Century Community Learning Center partner, NextUp RVA. The program has unique features including a TopoBox and a visit to see the Science on a Sphere!
Dairy farming is not only very physical and demanding work, but also a very stressing one. Not surprisingly, the number of dairy farms is decreasing according to the last Ag Census. But more sadly, the average age of farmers (57.5 years) keeps climbing. This shows us that there are less and less Americans interested in
Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program "What a friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self improvement and what people can do for themselves." - Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Green Belt Movement Often when we talk about trees, we
Gregory (Greg) Wims is a local businessman and community activist who has been on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Board of Directors for the past three years. Greg has occupied his time quarantining during COVID-19 by keeping himself busy with his day job in construction, as well as with his volunteer activism work. In
Katie Register is the executive director of Clean Virginia Waterway (CVW), a program of Longwood University in Virginia, which is affiliated with the Ocean Conservancy. Much like the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream, CVW has pioneered work in preventing litter and trash from entering our rivers and the ocean. I asked Katie to tell me about
Carmera Thomas-Wilhite is this month’s Year of the Woman feature! Carmera works at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as the Baltimore Program Manager. I asked Carmera how she became interested in the environmental field and to tell me a little bit more about how she got to where she is today. She told me that a