Our Work

The American Eel: International Fish of Mystery

The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a fish that has fascinated me since childhood. It began at an early age while fishing at my family‚Äôs cabin. We were night-fishing in a small stream for bullhead catfish when I hooked into something that was obviously too large to be a bullhead. By the time I hauled …

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2020 Watershed Forum Session and Plenary Recordings

This year the Alliance celebrated its 15th Annual Watershed Forum! The Watershed Forum is a watershed-wide event reaching over 400 restoration and protection practitioners to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. We share successful tools and techniques, offer lessons and learnings from on-the-ground work, build capacities of local organizations, foster partnerships, educate on …

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Monitor Moment: Gwen and Walter Harris

Volunteer citizen scientists have been monitoring water quality as part of the RiverTrends project for over 35 years. Each month, monitors gear up to collect observational data and measure the trends of their local streams, including air and water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, bacteria, and salinity. These dedicated monitors give us a direct connection …

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Local Leaders Seek Stormwater Solutions

In mid-November, the Alliance and the University of Maryland’s Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center kicked off a series of three virtual stormwater training sessions for local decision makers. “Getting the MOST for Local Leaders in Stormwater Solutions” aims to arm communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia with innovative strategies to combat challenges around stormwater …

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America Recycles Day Reminds Us to Reduce & Reuse First

There is increasing general awareness that plastics cause problems. We see them clogging our waterways, swirling around in the ocean, and even entering digestive systems of humans and other animals. We are told to recycle, that recycling eliminates the problem, and once a piece of plastic leaves our hand and falls into the recycling bin, …

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Riparian Rangers Spotlight

As November turns the corner, autumn weather has begun to deepen our world with burnt orange hues, maroon, and umber tones. The leaves have fallen and are turning crisp underfoot. The trees are now returning to dormancy for the remainder of the year. Despite this, our work is not yet over for the season. This …

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Investing in Our Contract Partners

One of the most underrated aspects of the Alliance’s work with the RiverSmart Homes program is its potential value for small companies looking to move into green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavers. By providing training and ongoing support, we enable contractors to take on new, ecologically responsible projects.

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Dangerous Doppelgangers of Native Trees

Oh, the horror! Controlling invasive plants can be grisly work, and in the heat of hunting down and hacking away at victims of land management, mistaken identity can result in tragedy. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard landowners say that they’ve committed ghastly acts against trees and shrubs that they thought were invasive …

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The Local Government Advisory Committee welcomes two new members

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Virginia and Pennsylvania delegations: Amy Dubois, Chair Board of Supervisors for Mathews County, VA and Commissioner Donna Iannone for Sullivan County, PA.

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Fall Volunteer Tree Plantings: Socially Distanced and Still A Success

Volunteers planted over 3,500 trees to reforest 19 acres across 12 sites in south-central Pennsylvania.

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