Staff Blog


February 26, 2020

A wide variety of data scientists, developers, designers, problem-solvers and storytellers were invited to the Design-o-thon to explore CMC’s data and create solutions to address some of their core challenges. The goal of this Design-o-thon was to prepare for a data dive Hack-the-Bay event through a structured ideation session with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative team.

The Citizens Advisory Committee Visits West Virginia

February 26, 2020

For their February 2020 meeting, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) held their first meeting in West Virginia in Berkeley Springs

Year of the Woman and Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

February 26, 2020

When sitting down to think about who to write about for February’s Year of the Woman blog post, I could think of no better person than Harriet Tubman, a strong, influential African American female leader in the Chesapeake Bay region. While it doesn’t seem fair that women are only celebrated  the year of 2020, it

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Goes National!

February 12, 2020

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Shares Our Message of Innovation at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting Holding an annual meeting for the National Association of Conservation Districts in Las Vegas may seem unusual, until you attend. Then it makes sense. Vegas is easy to travel to from all over the United

Fall in Love with these Native Plants this Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2020

Love is in the air and in the soil! While the origins of the Valentine’s Day holiday are somewhat hazy, we have no doubt as to how the natural world has influenced our modern celebration of love. Check out these native Chesapeake Bay plants that bring to mind the feelings and mood of the Valentine’s

Big Romantic Gestures from the Little American Woodcock

February 7, 2020

Close up of a single American woodcock.

Romance is…

More Trees, Please!

February 4, 2020

Over the course of two days, 100+ professionals from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed gathered for the second Urban Tree Canopy Summit, held at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on January 14 and 15. There were many objectives of the summit, including: Build a broad base of knowledge of the newer opportunities available

The Year of the Woman: An Interview with Kristin Reilly

February 3, 2020

2020 is the official Year of the Woman! Although I believe every year should be the Year of the Woman, this year is special because it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s  right to vote in America (and man what a 100 years it has been!). The Alliance will be celebrating the female-driven achievements of

City of Richmond Turns Its Attention to Green Spaces

February 3, 2020

On January 28th, in his third State of the City address, Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney announced a new initiative to expand urban parks and increase green space in the city. He explained that 51,000 Richmonders live farther than a 10-minute walk to a park and that only 6% of the city’s land is used

Hindsight is 2020: To Make Sure The Next 10 Years Count, Include Everyone

February 3, 2020

To fight for change tomorrow, we need to build resilience today.  — Sheryl Sandberg Happy 2020! As we leave the 2010s behind, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s in store for the Chesapeake Bay movement in the next 10 years, especially as our movement evolves and becomes more representative of the 18 million people who

Attention Maryland landowners: Tree planting opportunity available

January 9, 2020


Resolve to Lose a Little Lawn in 2020

January 9, 2020

A close up of the flower, rudbeckia

There are…