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A Day on the Cape – A Community Leading the Way for a Restored Bay

On Saturday, I told my husband that I was going to visit the center of the universe, and he knew exactly where I meant – the Cape St. Claire Community near Annapolis, MD.  If you live in Annapolis, you likely know that there is always 6-degrees of separation to the Cape. While this might be …

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Fishing Tip From Shawn Kimbro- Picking up Trash!

Fishing tip from Shawn Kimbro! Take a few minutes after your fishing trip to help clean up your surrounding area. It’s as easy as bringing a litter bag with you and picking up any trash you see- try to leave with more than what you came with and leave no trace behind.

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Monitor Moment: Jack and Carol Kauffman

Meet Jack and Carol Kauffman, new residents of the Middle Peninsula of Virginia after moving from their longtime Pennsylvania homes in Montgomery and Berks Counties in 2018. Jack, a retired drug discovery scientist, and Carol, a retired teacher, chose their new home along Bland Creek, a tributary of the York River, because of the access is provided to water and nature. Soon after their move, they became involved with the Friends of the Dragon Run conservation group and met the members of the Virginia Master Naturalists, inspiring them to join the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists chapter. Through this training, they were introduced to the RiverTrends monitoring project with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

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50 Stories: 17 Years of Project Clean Stream

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hosts an annual watershed-wide cleanup initiative called Project Clean Stream.  Project Clean Stream (PCS) is a favorite among staff because of its hands-on efforts and the community’s connection with their local lands and waterways. Not only are volunteers preventing trash from entering waterways, but they are also learning the …

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50 Stories: Making Forests Front and Center

Sally Claggett experienced the lure of the Chesapeake Bay from a young age. Growing up on what used to be a pristine tributary, the Tred Avon River, she spent her summer days outside and on the water. The Chesapeake Bay looked much different then. Claggett recalls, “the seaweed was so thick, the crabs couldn’t swim. …

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Many Hands Make Light Tree Planting: Leibs Creek Buffer Planting with Trout Unlimited, Muddy Creek Chapter

Planting 500 trees in one day sounds like a daunting task. On your own, you would need to plant one tree every 173 seconds for 24 hours straight. But on this beautiful October morning, with a team of motivated volunteers on the job, we had the final tree in the ground in less than two …

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Pennsylvania parks are ready to shine

Local elected officials in Pennsylvania share their role in supporting their community parks.

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Macroinvertebrate Menagerie

Entering the World of Macroinvertebrates For much of my life, the extent of my knowledge about organisms in streams consisted of the crayfish I would sometimes hunt for, the water spiders that skimmed across the water’s surface, and fish. That finally changed in college as I was searching for a summer internship. As I started …

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Monitor Moment: Imogene Treble

Meet Imogene Treble, a volunteer water quality monitor with the RiverTrends program since February of 2019. Imogene is a retired chemist from New Jersey who moved to Spotsylvania, Virginia to spend more time with her grandchildren. Soon after settling in Virginia, she learned about the Master Naturalist program, completed her training in 2016, and has …

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Water Quality Monitoring and GIS Story Mapping with Alliance Intern Catherine Unger

Catherine Unger (she/her/hers) spent January 2021 as an intern with the Alliance’s Water Quality Monitoring Team where she learned how to use water quality monitoring equipment and developed a GIS Story Map to illustrate water quality data trends.

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