Building Stewardship

100,000 Pounds of Trash Picked Up This Project Clean Stream Season

Of the 69 events we hosted, 39 got back to us with their results. Based on the results submitted by our site captains, we removed roughly 68,834 pounds of trash from entering our waterway with the help of 1,095 volunteers. With that being said of the 30 events of results that weren’t recorded- we can estimate that over 100,000 pounds of trash were removed this PCS season. That’s almost twice as much as last year!

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A Growing Partnership With Bowie State University

If you’ve watched the news, you’ve seen countless young people stepping up as environmental and social justice leaders. Our youth are the leaders not just of the future but of the present, too. We’re thrilled to be working with students and faculty at Bowie State University (BSU) to host educational, service, and professional opportunities on campus. Since 2020, we’ve enjoyed engaging with several incredible environmental advocates at BSU.

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Project Clean Stream Kick Off Events!

This past Friday, April 1st marked the official kick-off of our 18th annual Project Clean Stream (PCS) season! Every year PCS brings together thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods throughout the Chesapeake watershed.

So far in April, we have over 50 events registered and 18 of those happened this past weekend with four of them hosted by Alliance staff at each one of our regional offices!

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Building Bonds Through Project Clean Stream

This spring will be my last time coordinating Project Clean Stream as I take on new responsibilities in our communications department. I wish it were possible to shake the hand of each of the volunteers and site captains and tell them how they helped form my own sense of community.  My time has with them has shown me the importance of getting your loved ones,  your community, and even strangers to form lasting relationships by, of all things,  picking up trash.

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The Newest Chapter of The Feminist Bird Club is in Richmond, Virginia!

The following blog is written by Dylan Slusarz, a co-founder of the Richmond, Virginia chapter of The Feminist Bird Club, whose mission is to make birding and the outdoors inclusive and affirming to people who may not have safe access to it, and leverage people’s passion for the environment and social justice to help create lasting social change. 

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Chesapeake Capacity: Defining What’s Possible

Hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to protect and restore the Bay and its rivers and streams. Among these organizations, there is a wide array of capacities. By “capacity,” we mean the ability of an organization to fulfill its mission. Does it have access to the tools, technical expertise, systems, …

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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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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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