Coal Ash Debated Among 8th Graders as part of the Alliance’s RiverWise Schools Program

At the end of the summer, following the installation of the permeable pavement and rainwater harvesting sculpture at Binford Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, 8th grade science teacher, Brendan Trache approached Meredeth Dash about an idea for a project and asked if she would be willing to collaborate. Meredeth Dash, the Alliance's Program Coordinator for

Rainwater Harvesting System Doubles as a Sculpture in our Virginia Project

When students return to school at Binford Middle School on Tuesday, September 4th, they will be the first people to walk across a freshly laid entrance made of permeable pavement, thanks to Binford’s Green School Initiative. As part of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, I have been working to provide watershed education to

Engaging Young Community Members in Richmond

Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Alliance has partnered with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), the Center for Watershed Protection and Sustainable Chesapeake to engage local youth in integrating edible gardens with stormwater reduction practices in the East End of Richmond. CHAT recruits local high school students

Alliance Receives Funding to Install Native Gardens

Do you live in the Yellow Breeches or James River watersheds? If so, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay could pay for up to 80% of the cost to landscaping your yard! The Alliance is offering this assistance as part of its Reduce Your Stormwater program to

RiverWise Congregations Tour

On Sunday, June 12th Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, hosted a driving tour and blessing of three RiverWise Congregations in Anne Arundel County. The public was invited to visit these houses of worship for the opportunity

Spring 2016 RiverSmart Rain Garden Contractor Training

Image courtesy of Arthur Kay. The next free rain garden training for local landscape contractors will be held on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, 2016.  (In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for the field session is Tuesday, June 14th). Who is eligible to attend? Everyone. You do not need previous experience

New Online Yard Design Tool Helps You “Reduce Your Stormwater”

One of 20 garden templates available in the tool. Each template can be designed as a Conservation Landscape or a Rain Garden. With the arrival of spring, the Alliance has launched a new online Yard Design Tool that helps property owners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed create personalized planting plans for their

READY is Moving Upstream to Pennsylvania!

More vibrant communities with beautiful green infrastructure and “green” summer jobs for youth is the vision of the Alliance newest program in Pennsylvania.  Alliance staff have started planning READY (Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth) in Lancaster City with a strong network of city organizations.  The goal is to have an implementation plan completed by

Permeable Paver Specialist Course (PICP)

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program Thursday, February 4, 2016, 8:00am – 5:30pm District Department of the Environment 1200 First Street, NE Washington DC The PICP Specialist Course provides permeable paver installation training and certification through the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). Discounted price: $245 (regularly $295). This course is intended for contractors who have experience

Greening Virginia’s Capitol Complete

The Greening Virginia’s Capitol project, funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is complete! Several low impact development practices have been installed to help filter and reduce stormwater runoff, thus reducing the amount of pollutants that are reaching the James River. To celebrate the project completion, we held a media tour on August

Greening Virginia’s Capitol: Next Phase Begins!

The next phase of the Greening Virginia’s Capitol is about to begin! The Alliance has partnered with the City of Richmond, 3North, Waterstreet Studio, and Capitol Trees to complete design and begin implementation of Richmond’s first green corridor on 10th Street.  This urban greenway, dubbed the Jefferson Greenway, will be constructed using green infrastructure

RiverWise Education: Fostering the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

How do we relate the importance of our environment to our daily actions? Are we teaching our children how to think about how their daily actions relate to the health of our land and waters? Do we know what impact we have on stimulating environmental awareness in children?  Are we raising children