Staff Blog

Project Clean Stream: A great way to rally local action

March 5, 2020

Spring marks the beginning of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s annual stream clean up program, Project Clean Stream (PCS). Through PCS, the Alliance offers hands-on opportunities through our partnership with residents, local businesses, environmental organizations, local governments, community groups, houses of worship, schools and universities, to come together to take action to restore clean waters

Welcoming Our Chief Operating Officer!

March 3, 2020

As part of the Alliance’s work in expanding and growing our impact for healthier lands and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, we are excited to announce the internal promotion of Drew Siglin to the newly formed position of Chief Operating Officer! Drew started his work with the Alliance in March 2013, in our Pennsylvania office,

Taking Nature Black!

March 3, 2020

Taking Nature Black (TNB)! It’s a direct, bold expression that has become the name for an annual conference held by the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). February 27th, 2020 saw the third conference held by ANS, and was an excellent way of celebrating Black History Month.

Donor Testimonial: Susan Johnson

March 1, 2020

As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I was fortunate enough to be able to take family day trips “down the shore” and escape the heat of the summer in the Atlantic Ocean.  With my Dad at my side, I learned how to body surf and fish in the ocean when the blues were

Gearing Up For Spring Tree Plantings!

February 29, 2020

Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been facing lately, it’s technically not spring yet. In fact, our Chesapeake Forests Team is just beginning to prepare for the spring riparian buffer, or streamside tree, planting season in Pennsylvania. The two main ways we prepare for planting season are by live staking (propagation by cutting) and flagging


February 26, 2020

A wide variety of data scientists, developers, designers, problem-solvers and storytellers were invited to the Design-o-thon to explore CMC’s data and create solutions to address some of their core challenges. The goal of this Design-o-thon was to prepare for a data dive Hack-the-Bay event through a structured ideation session with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative team.

The Citizens Advisory Committee Visits West Virginia

February 26, 2020

For their February 2020 meeting, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) held their first meeting in West Virginia in Berkeley Springs

Year of the Woman and Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

February 26, 2020

When sitting down to think about who to write about for February’s Year of the Woman blog post, I could think of no better person than Harriet Tubman, a strong, influential African American female leader in the Chesapeake Bay region. While it doesn’t seem fair that women are only celebrated during the year of 2020,

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Goes National!

February 12, 2020

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Shares Our Message of Innovation at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting Holding an annual meeting for the National Association of Conservation Districts in Las Vegas may seem unusual, until you attend. Then it makes sense. Vegas is easy to travel to from all over the United

Fall in Love with these Native Plants this Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2020

Love is in the air and in the soil! While the origins of the Valentine’s Day holiday are somewhat hazy, we have no doubt as to how the natural world has influenced our modern celebration of love. Check out these native Chesapeake Bay plants that bring to mind the feelings and mood of the Valentine’s

Big Romantic Gestures from the Little American Woodcock

February 7, 2020

Close up of a single American woodcock.

Romance is…

More Trees, Please!

February 4, 2020

Over the course of two days, 100+ professionals from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed gathered for the second Urban Tree Canopy Summit, held at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on January 14 and 15. There were many objectives of the summit, including: Build a broad base of knowledge of the newer opportunities available