Staff Blog

From the Desk of the Local Government Advisory Committee: Chair, Second Time Running!

April 1, 2020

As she happily enters into her second term as chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Ann Simonetti, former councilmember to Marysville Borough in Pennsylvania, reflects on her past years in LGAC and hopes for the future. “I found it to be less stressful than I thought it would be,” she joked, adding

Welcoming Two New Faces to the Alliance!

March 30, 2020

The Alliance is excised to welcome two new faces to the Alliance staff! Jordan Gochenaur joins the Alliance as our RiverSmart Program Assistant in our Washington, DC office. He has over seven years of experience working as a contractor for the RiverSmart program in DC. Jordan is excited to be on this side of the

How to Celebrate Earth Day While Staying Home During COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our Spring plans such as attending native plant sales, educational workshops, tree plantings, and more, Earth Day is still right around the corner — April 22nd in fact. Earth Day 2020 is a special one; it marks the 50th Earth Day celebration and many people are using

Alliance Websites, Resources, Videos, Blogs, & More

March 30, 2020

The Alliance has many different resources and educational tools that can help keep you occupied and teach you new things during this time spent at home. Below, we are going to share our different tools for you to dig into. Websites Chesapeake Network – The Network is a place for sharing resources, webinars, online events,

10 Ways to Get More Greens During Quarantine

March 30, 2020

Although, we can’t volunteer outside during Earth Month this year, there are many ways to make a positive shift in our lives for ourselves and the planet while staying home. Moving into Spring many of us are looking to incorporate some green foods into our diets that make us feel, and perform our best. No

Marine and Maritime Career Expo

March 27, 2020

On Tuesday, February 19th the Eastport Yacht Club hosted a Marine and Maritime Career Expo sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. This year the Expo was hosted at Maryland Hall in Annapolis, Maryland. The purpose of the event is to connect more than 100 students from Anne Arundel County High Schools with opportunities

Project Clean Stream Update

March 26, 2020

For over a decade, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has helped organize regional stream cleanup events as a part of our Project Clean Stream (PCS). What started as a single day event in the Spring, now spans over the course of a season with tens of thousands of volunteers picking up trash across the

Providing Shade for Richmond

March 25, 2020

On Friday, March 6th, the Alliance partnered with the City of Richmond’s 5th District, the Richmond Tree Stewards, and Capital One volunteers to plant street trees in the Swansboro neighborhood on Richmond’s southside. In one morning, we were able to plant 30 street trees in a neighborhood that had none before! 

Celebrating the Purple Martin, the Town of La Plata, and Bird City Maryland!

March 20, 2020

In January 2020, the Town of La Plata was honored with the very first Bird City Maryland designation. Bird City Maryland’s mission is to make communities healthier for birds and people. Through their programming, they recognize and promote municipalities in Maryland who take action to protect birds through sound conservation practices. In addition, Bird City

Join the Alliance in Flattening the Curve of COVID-19

March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 Dear Partners and Friends, In the blink of an eye it feels like the world around us has totally changed – spring is here and the nation is facing a pandemic crisis. Here at the Alliance, we are staying on top of the facts, and we are taking precautions to help flatten

Promoting the Use of Rain Barrels at Rooting D.C.

March 6, 2020

For the past three years the Alliance’s D.C. staff has presented at Rooting D.C., a free urban gardening forum that educates attendees about urban agriculture and local food issues. In 2019, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on edible native plants that can be incorporated into rain gardens and BayScape gardens. These practices

Don’t Forget Where You Came From: the case for a grassroots surge in celebrating the 50th Earth Day

March 5, 2020

As a thirty-year-old, I cannot personally speak about the first Earth Day. But I do know that 50 years ago we had no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Water Act, and appallingly inadequate proto-versions of the Endangered Species Act and Clean Air Acts. Rivers were burning, DDT was sprayed from airplanes across America, and people