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Sustainable Food Systems & Clean Water

What does sustainable food and clean water have in common? A lot! The Alliance works across the Chesapeake Bay watershed on projects that encourage farm practices that decrease the amount of pollution and sediment and improve local water quality. This, in turn, leads to a healthier habitat downstream for Chesapeake Bay seafood.

As consumers, you can help sustainable food systems by choosing to eat local! Whether it is meat,d airy and vegetables from local farms, or fresh oysters and blue crab from the Bay, buy local and support your local farmers and seafood industry!

Below are a few projects the Alliance is working on that bring together sustainable food systems and clean water.

RiverTrends Monitoring Volunteers

Crab Cake Week is a week-long initiative to raise awareness about the importance of clean water and how it affects our region’s seafood. Participating restaurants serve their take of the region’s speciality using Chesapeake Bay blue crab and donate 10% of the proceeds back to the Alliance to support local restoration projects. Customers not only enjoy some of the best cakes the region has to offer, but in the process they gain awareness of the importance of a healthy Chesapeake.

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The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership sparked from ideas discussed at a Businesses for the Bay Forum in 2016, and is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Alliance, in partnership with Turkey Hill, and Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA).

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This project provides financial assistance to plain sect farmers to install necessary conservation practices on their farms in effort to improve polluted ground and surface water that feed the Octoraro Reservoir. Currently, the Alliance is working hard to build relationships with plain sect farmers in the watershed.

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