Staff Blog

What’s That Conifer? (Part 2 of 2)

February 8, 2019

Last month, in What’s That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2), we detailed the genera of the Cupressaceae family…

Project Highlight: Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church

February 3, 2019

The Alliance is committed to working with diverse communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to ensure all voices are represented in Chesapeake restoration work. This Black History Month, we are excited to highlight our partnership with Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, located in Annapolis, MD. The success of this collaborative project is built on the trans-disciplinary

Winter Watershed Activities to Get You Through the Cold Months

February 3, 2019

Don’t let the cold weather get you down! The Chesapeake Bay watershed has plenty of activities and beauty to experience even when it seems impossible to leave the house. Check out a few ways to break your cabin fever. 1. Visit a Maritime Museum: There are plenty of Maritime Museums within the watershed that are

An Inspired Night with the Alliance at our first Wild and Scenic Film Festival!

February 1, 2019

Thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit is my favorite temperature to go hiking. It’s brisk, it’s invigorating, and your heart rate goes up just enough to make you nice and warm under all your layers. Over the weekend, I went for a hike at one of my favorite local spots near Annapolis, MD with my best hiking buddies,

The Alliance Needs Your Help!

January 29, 2019

Dear Friend of the Alliance, As a hub for local and regional action, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay empowers the growing constituency of people who care about restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay region. We envision a future where the Bay and its watershed experience improved water quality and habitat through the committed environmental

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

January 9, 2019

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

What’s That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2)

January 8, 2019

Atlantic white cedar trunk, located near the tidal Maurice River in southern New Jersey. Photo by Ryan Davis

Conifers are important members of our forests year-round, but visually are most prominent during the winter when their…

Four Simple Ways to Greenify your Office in 2019

January 7, 2019

It is easy during the hustle and bustle of your everyday life at the office to not think twice before throwing away something that could have been recycled. While it may seem like a hassle to make your office “green,” here are four simple steps your office can take to help improve your carbon footprint

Six Alternatives to Plastic Straws

January 3, 2019

Within the past year there has been an active push to remove plastic straws and other single-use plastics from our everyday lives. This is because, not surprisingly, plastic is bad for the environment. Plastic does not biodegrade, which means it can be around forever. Where does this plastic end up? Plastic ends up in our

Wintergreen Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

December 17, 2018

Creeping Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a native, edible winter plant that is commonly grown as a shrubby ground cover and is easily discovered in the forest during the winter seasons because it is one of the only plants that remains green and it has bright red berries. The leaves and berries can be eaten fresh,

A Year in Photos Across the Chesapeake

December 17, 2018

January  Photo by: Michele Fletcher Photo: The Maury River Fun Fact: West of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Maury River is 42.8- mile- long tributary of the James River. It is named the Maury River after Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, and it travels past Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute where Maury worked

Alliance Receives Over $2 Million in Grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

December 4, 2018

Alliance Receives Over $2 Million in Grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding will be used to build partnerships for cleaner water across the Chesapeake watershed Annapolis, MD (December 4, 2018) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded over $2 million of funding to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (the Alliance) to