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50 Stories: Making Forests Front and Center

Sally Claggett experienced the lure of the Chesapeake Bay from a young age. Growing up on what used to be a pristine tributary, the Tred Avon River, she spent her summer days outside and on the water. The Chesapeake Bay looked much different then. Claggett recalls, “the seaweed was so thick, the crabs couldn’t swim. …

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50 Stories: Dreams of a Forested Future

In 50 years, the Alliance has planted over one million trees! We’re not done yet though, not even close. We have dreams of a heavily forested Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where every town, city, and farm have abundant tree cover. This dream would yield a cleaner Chesapeake Bay and a watershed that is more resilient and …

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History of Rockfish Gap with Board Member, Shawn Kimbro

Did you know that Rockfish Gap gets its name because it was the headwaters of the rockfish river? Rockfish would navigate from the Atlantic Ocean up the Chesapeake Bay- 500 miles! Join Board Member, Shawn Kimbro as he tells the story of the historic Rockfish Gap.  

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We’re Excited for the BUBBAs! Are You?

This year marks the 5th edition of the Best Urban BMP (Best Management Practice) in the Bay Awards, or BUBBAs for short, and the Alliance is excited to celebrate!

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Training Teachers to Bring the “Outside In”

When my son asked me the other day “Mom, why do you have to teach teachers?  Don’t they already know how to teach?”  I had to pause to think about how to answer that in 12 year old terms.  I said, “Well, you know how you update your favorite video games?  It’s still the same …

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Restoring Native Tree Canopy to the City of Lancaster’s Culliton Park!

With several years in the making and an array of partners, the recently opened Culliton Park is a sight to see. Culliton Park lines Water and Furnam Streets serving as a mecca for community living and celebrates art in the southwest block of the City. By calling out the connection to community artwork, the theme …

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2020 Year of the Woman Blog Series Recap

In 2020, the Alliance celebrated the official Year of the Woman by highlighting some of the female-driven achievements of the Chesapeake Bay watershed from the past 100 years. We interviewed dedicated female leaders who are near and dear to our hearts, and the hearts of many in the Chesapeake. We spotlighted environmental enthusiasts, artists, nonprofit …

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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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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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Celebrating 15 Chesapeake Watershed Forums — Virtually!

This past week on October 29th and 30th, we hosted our 15th Annual Watershed Forum! We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s unique, virtual Forum. Over 425 people attended throughout the two days of online sessions. Highlights from the Watershed Forum include a live panel and Q&A with Elizabeth Rush, the author …

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