Staff Blog

Equity in Forestry

July 2, 2020

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program “What a friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self improvement and what people can do for themselves.”  – Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Green Belt Movement    …

Alliance Board Member, Gregory Wims: An Activist for Victim’s Right Foundation

July 2, 2020

Gregory (Greg) Wims is a local businessman and community activist who has been on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Board of Directors for the past three years. Greg has occupied his time quarantining during COVID-19 by keeping himself busy with his day  job in construction, as well as with his volunteer activism work. In

From Water Quality to Clean-up Events: Our Partnership with Clean Virginia Waterways

June 30, 2020

Katie Register is the executive director of Clean Virginia Waterway (CVW), a program of Longwood University in Virginia, which is affiliated with the Ocean Conservancy. Much like the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream, CVW has pioneered work in preventing litter and trash from entering our rivers and the ocean. I asked Katie to tell me about

Year of the Woman: Carmera Thomas-Wilhite

June 30, 2020

Carmera Thomas-Wilhite is this month’s Year of the Woman feature! Carmera works at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as the Baltimore Program Manager. I asked Carmera how she became interested in the environmental field and to tell me a little bit more about how she got to where she is today. She told me that a

Not Your Everyday Training: My Experience in a Holistic Leadership Course

June 30, 2020

I had the privilege to be part of the 20th cohort of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute (VNRLI) for the past nine months. On paper, VNRLI is a professional development program for leaders who seek new skills in conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. We covered an array of topics during our six meeting

From the Desk of the Local Government Advisory Committee: How Local Governments Find a Voice in Bay Restoration

June 29, 2020

Three longtime LGAC members share their approach to community engagement.

[Press Release] The Alliance Partners with NOAA and NAAEE to Offer Watershed STEM Education Grants

June 23, 2020

“From working with new partners, providing training about using the outdoors as an extension to classroom learning to providing MWEE experiences in an after-school setting, I feel hopeful about this opportunity. Despite all the challenges we face in 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to empower students and teachers in RPS to make tough environmental decisions and build a resilient community,” said Meredeth Dash, RiverWise Schools Project Coordinator for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Welcoming Two New Faces to the Alliance!

June 18, 2020

The Alliance is excited to welcome two new faces! Jake Solyst joins us as the Web Content Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Office, and Lydia Martin joins us as our Green Infrastructure Coordinator in our Pennsylvania office. Jake Solyst has several years of content production and social media experience, and while he dabbles

Our Commitment to All Chesapeake Bay Communities

June 18, 2020

The mission of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is to bring together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters. As an organization, we know we must do a better job of addressing social injustices through our work to restore our Watershed. The Alliance has taken purposeful steps to raise awareness around and address diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues and opportunities internally for several years. These are the Alliance’s commitments to our staff, partners, and constituents to continue to advance these efforts in the immediate future.

Celebrating Carol Newill, A Project Clean Stream Champion

June 17, 2020

While Project Clean Stream (PCS) is rescheduled for the fall , that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating our past accomplishments and planning ahead for future events.  We thought this would be the perfect time to recognize our incredible volunteers,especially those that lead Project Clean Stream events year after year. One name that kept appearing when

Virtual Events to Attend to Celebrate Juneteenth

June 17, 2020

What is Juneteenth? According to History of Juneteenth ©, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger’s read the federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were

Chesapeake Watershed Forum Goes Virtual

June 17, 2020

The 15th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum “Climate Resiliency in a Changing Chesapeake Watershed“ Late October 2020 (dates coming soon!) // Online When it comes to the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, your safety and comfort is our chief concern. It is with this in mind we announce our decision to move this year’s Forum online. While it disappoints us not to gather together in person, we know that the Alliance and