Staff Blog

Save the Date for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

August 29, 2019

Save the date for the Alliance’s second Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 23, 2020! After great success back in January 2019, the team has already begun planning for a 2020 event again in four locations across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Lancaster, PA, Annapolis, MD, Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C. We’re excited to once

Alliance Staff Take A Field Trip to Poplar Island

August 29, 2019

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Alliance’s Maryland team enjoyed a field trip to Poplar Island — a 3 mile long island located on the Chesapeake Bay, part of Talbot County, Maryland. Alliance partners Maryland Port Authority and Maryland Environmental Services provided an amazing tour of the island, including a boat ride from Sandy Point State Park, which gave us a great view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Summer Learning for Teachers

August 29, 2019

August is often the time of year when teachers attend professional development trainings to prepare them for the upcoming school year. For Henrico County middle school teachers involved in Bay Watershed in Science Education (BWISE) project, this training took place at Maymont park on August 6 and August 7.  

The Unique History of Our 121-Year Old Headquarters Building in Annapolis

August 29, 2019

This summer, the Alliance’s Headquarters office in Annapolis, MD went through a much needed facelift! We updated the exterior, painted the outside of the building, and added a new color trimming. We continued to work hard on our mission to bring together communities, companies, and conservationists to restore the lands and waters of the Chesapeake,

August is National Water Quality Month!

August 13, 2019

Water quality monitoring is essential to understanding the health of our waterways, land and people. Here are 4 simple parameters you can monitor and what they tell you about the quality of your water.  Dissolved Oxygen Dissolved oxygen is a key indicator of ecosystem health and is essential for the aquatic life. It can be

Dangerous Plants of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

August 8, 2019

We highlighted two types of edible plants you can forage for in our July and August episodes of Tree Talks. On the other side of the…

Alliance Executive Director and Chesapeake Advisory Committee Chairs Meet With Maryland Governor Hogan

August 7, 2019

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Welcoming Another New Face to the Alliance!

August 1, 2019

Christina Bonini joined the Alliance in July 2019 as the RiverWise Program Manager in our Virginia office. She focuses on working with communities to reduce their stormwater impact on Virginia’s rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Christina grew up in Virginia exploring the James River in her hometown of Richmond, while spending weekends at

Introducing the Local Leadership Workgroup

August 1, 2019

Formed out of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s goal to engage local leaders, the Local Leadership Workgroup (LLWG) seeks to enhance the knowledge capacity of local elected officials as well as other local leaders throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Operating out of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Workgroup works closely with the Local Government Advisory Committee

Creating An Environmental Education Certification Program in Virginia

July 31, 2019

Do you know what it takes to be an environmental educator in the state of Virginia? Neither do I! But thanks to a dedicated group of individuals from across the state, it will soon be crystal clear. In 2017, I joined the Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE).  In the past, I have taught 3rd

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wrapping Up Phase One

July 31, 2019

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership –a project the Alliance kicked off in 2018 in Pennsylvania –is wrapping up the first phase of the project. The majority of dairy producers have already completed or updated, or are in the process of updating or completing their conservation and manure management plans. Since plan writing is almost

The Inn at Horn Point and Its Passionate Innkeeper

July 31, 2019

“I purposely put the compost in the front yard- so that when people walk by they see me doing it and it starts a conversation about conservation.” Cory the owner of The Inn at Horn Point explained to me after saying “Having the compost in our front yard may seem like a goofy thing to