Bagging the Plastic in Our Urban Streams!

Volunteers cleaning trash during Project Clean Stream cleanup in 2008. Photo courtesy of Kim Hairston. We were knee-deep in a small, murky stream in Richmond, Virginia, and our trash bags were prematurely heavy. Barely ten meters from our starting point at a road culvert, our bags contained countless food wrappers, Styrofoam cups, cans

Fall Cleanup in Richmond, VA

On September 14, Alliance’s Richmond office participated in the 14th Annual James River Regional Cleanup in the Bellemeade Community in Richmond’s southside. A wonderful group of 48 volunteers removed 68 bags of trash along with multiple bike frames, tires, and even grass hula skirts from the creek and the neighborhood. In total more

Virginia Citizens For Water Quality Summit

Movie preview now available: Want to see how the Detective solves the Muddy Mystery?   There’s still time to register. Hope you can join us!   Check out the draft agenda by clicking here.   Register online here:     Questions? Contact Anna Mathis at or 804-775-0951.

Become a Bayfriend

The Chesapeake Bay is among the nation’s greatest natural resources and one of its most challenged bodies of water. Chesapeake Bay seafood is prized around the world and Virginia ranks third in the nation for seafood production. A cleaner Bay is also good for business – more tourism, more seafood and more jobs.   That’s why we need help

Support our MidYear Appeal for Project Clean Stream

Before and after shots of an impervious paver removal through RiverSmart Homes What does clean water mean to you? Swimming and boating in a river or the Bay, catching that first fish with your child, or just taking a walk along a stream and breathing in the freshness that comes with clean flowing

Dominion Foundation Grant Expands RiverTrends Program

The Dominion Foundation has awarded the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay a $35,000 Environmental Stewardship Grant for our RiverTrends Water Quality Monitoring program.  With this grant, we will expanding the program to the Tidal York and Small Coastal Basins watersheds. Many of these watersheds are impaired due to bacteria pollution, which makes shellfish unsafe

Lou Etgen Kayaking the Chesapeake Bay

Our very own, Lou Etgen, Associate Director of Programs, departed today, August 20, on a two week sojourn from Havre De Grace to Cape Charles. This trip is in celebration of his 50th birthday and is a way for him to  reconnect with the resource and renew his commitment to the health of this

Upham Brook Watershed Restoration

Upham Brook is a tributary of the Chickahominy River that flows through the urban areas of Henrico County and City of Richmond.   It is polluted by bacteria and other runoff contaminants.   The  Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)  is partnering with the Alliance and other community groups and county and city officials

Three Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Publications

The Alliance announces the release of three RiverTrends volunteer water quality monitoring program publications.  These reports focus on the status and importance of volunteer water quality monitoring while focusing in on small watersheds in Virginia.   If you would like hard copies of these reports, please send your mailing information and the amount

Project Clean Stream 2011 Hits Goals & Sets Records

Volunteers Remove Trash And Debris From Streams Throughout The Chesapeake Bay Local streams and woodlands received a clean start to Earth Month as thousands of volunteers came out on the first Saturday in April for Project Clean Stream, one of the largest cleanup events in the Chesapeake Bay region. Perdue proudly presented Project

Cleaning Corp Partnership

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has teamed up with The Cleaning Corps, a local cleaning company dedicated to environmentally sound cleaning and actions. Their use of environmentally sound cleaning products and waste disposal practices make them a natural partner for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. They are also the first carpet cleaning company

Alliance, Friends of Rappahannock report bacteria issues

  Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s program RiverTrends and Friends of Rappahannock develop report on Hazel Run bacteria issues.   Hazel Run is a tributary of the Rappahannock River that is impaired due to high bacteria levels. This small watershed is located in the mostly urbanized area of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County, where polluted stormwater