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On September 9th and 10th, the Alliance hosted approximately 50 students and 11 faculty members from Maryland and Washington, DC’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) at the inaugural HBCU/MSI Chesapeake Bay Summit. Each of these students woke up before the sun rose to converge on Pecometh Retreat Center, driven by one thing – a shared passion for the environment.
The Alliance’s Environmental Projects Interns from Bowie State University (BSU) have just finished up their time with us, and left a lasting impression.
The Alliance kicked off our 21st Project Clean Stream season this past weekend! Collectively, we gather over 1200 pounds of trash throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join me in celebrating the four community events we hosted.
As I thought about the spring season, I wanted to celebrate the 21-year history of engaging local communities. So I rallied four site captains, one from each of our office locations, and challenged them to create a kick-off event that would encourage collective effort in removing trash from local communities.
This past May, the Alliance hosted a free, guided tour of 10 champion trees in Harford County, MD. Learn more about what champion trees are and how you can find a few for yourself in a self-guided tour.
Summer is in full swing, and the Alliance’s DC Team has been busy all over the District! We have been honored to participate in some exciting events recently that have allowed us to share our meet people from all over – in the watershed and out! Community engagement is a large part of our efforts …
In the last three years working at Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve found work that allows me to coordinate some of those programs and resources that will enable people to be more informed about the health of their local waterways. I train community members to collect baseline water quality data within the Chesapeake Bay to look at long-term water quality trends. My journey with whitewater recreation and water quality are deeply intertwined, and I look forward to continuing to promote Chesapeake Bay stewardship and river safety in my circles and beyond.
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!
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.
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!