Staff Blog

Forests for the Bats, Part IV: White-Nose Syndrome

October 9, 2018

In October, bats are everywhere. Images of them, at least. The mammals typically are hibernating by Halloween, tucked away in caves and deep rock crevices. Summertime is when you will see real bats around, but if you live in the northeast or mid-Atlantic, you have likely seen dramatically less bats foraging in the summer dusk

Alliance Staff Takes Full Advantage of Summer Vacation!

September 24, 2018

What did Alliance Local Government Program Manager, Jennifer Starr, do over her summer vacation you ask? Jennifer represented the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden! World Water Week is an annual, week-long global conference held to address the planet’s water issues. It is organized each year by the Stockholm

Press Release: Taste of the Chesapeake Rescheduled

September 11, 2018

Press Release Media Contact: Mary-Angela Hardwick Email: Cell: 267-481-5288 Office: 443-949-0575 Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Reschedules 2018 Taste of the Chesapeake event  (September 11, 2018 – Annapolis, MD) Due to the projected ​impacts to Maryland and Virginia from Hurricane Florence and the concern for the safety of our guests, ​the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Rainwater Harvesting System Doubles as a Sculpture in our Virginia Project

August 31, 2018

When students return to school at Binford Middle School on Tuesday, September 4th, they will be the first people to walk across a freshly laid entrance made of permeable pavement, thanks to Binford’s Green School Initiative. As part of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, I have been working to provide watershed education to

Announcing our 2018 Photo Contest Winners!

August 31, 2018

The Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Best of the Chesapeake Photo Contest! We received over 100 entries this year, and each image portrayed an important message about the beauty and fragility of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed – but there were a few that stood out to our judges. Check

Chesapeake Forests Program Intern

August 27, 2018

INTERNSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTION for Chesapeake Forests Program Intern (VA Office) Title:                  Chesapeake Forests Program Intern (VA Office) Hours:              10 hours per week Duration:        3-6 months, or until school requirements are satisfied Location:         612 Hull St, Suite 101C, Richmond, VA 23224

Woodland Stewardship Networks Connect Neighbors and Our Forested Landscape

August 24, 2018

It can be challenging to sustainably manage family-owned forests. Non-commercial treatments like controlling invasive species or thinning competition can be investments in future forest health that don’t pay off for decades. On their own, small-to-medium properties may not hold enough potential for a contractor to conduct intermediate or commercial management. In Pennsylvania, where 70 percent

Tree-of-Heaven, a Devilish Invader

August 6, 2018

Ailanthus seedling growing through cracks in concrete in Lancaster, PA.

Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima): a tree that elicits curses and anger wherever it grows and is recognized. The non-native plant’s angelic name belies its destructive nature. It spreads prolifically by seeds and root sprouts, forming thick groves that completely dominate sunny areas within just a few years. Beneficial native plants are quickly outpaced, shaded out, and replaced

Our Intern Shares her Experience from this Summer

July 29, 2018

Hello everyone, my name is Sonia and I’m going to be a senior at VCU! I spent most of my summer as a Water Quality Program intern at the Virginia office of the Alliance. I’m majoring in Environmental Studies, so I found my internship experience very exciting and useful! I enjoyed having different tasks every

Alliance Partners with Turkey Hill for Cleaner Water in Pennsylvania

June 29, 2018

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program (

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is excited to announce that our Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership project is underway! The project, which sparked from ideas discussed at a Businesses for the Bay Forum in 2016, is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Alliance, in partnership with Turkey Hill, and Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative

Alliance and Partners Plant Over 87,000 Trees this Spring

June 29, 2018

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay teamed up with partners from across the watershed to plant over 87,000 trees in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia this spring! Our innovative forest programs improve the health of existing trees and forests, create new forests in places important to water quality and to watershed residents, and promote the

Five Reasons to Know the Health of Your Local Stream

June 11, 2018

Many of us think of spring and summer as the time the birds start singing, flowers start blooming, and the weather warms up. In the water quality monitoring world, the season also means we are dusting off our secchi disks and getting our sampling equipment ready for a new sampling season! At the Alliance for