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From Brownfields to Green Space, Charles Town Announces Revitalization Initiative

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Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith announces Brownfield Revitalization Initiative to create nature parks from blighted areas for the community Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials for brownfield restoration and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection joined Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith and other local leaders to cut the ribbon on a new nature park along Evitts Run Creek in the West End of the city. The new greenway is on a former manufactured gas plant ... read more

Moving From a Brownfield to Greenhouse in Charles Town – Eastern Panhandle

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Community Transformation is Possible through Eastern Panhandle Planning, Cacapon and NFWF by Mike Smith, The GreenSmith Columnist In Charles Town, West Virginia, a plan is underway that will provide the area with a lot more green - and a lot less brown – through the planting of native vegetation grown in a unique, “portable” greenhouse nursery. Matt Pennington, Chesapeake Bay program coordinator at the Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council, said the idea for the native ... read more

Stormwater Summit in Shepherdstown

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Creative Local Solutions, Community Engagement    With an American Bald Eagle standing sentry over its newly hatched eaglets, and spring finally coming to the region, a group of municipal leaders, environmental organizations and Chesapeake Bay Watershed stakeholders came to Shepherdstown earlier this month to discuss stormwater. The National Conservation Training Center seemed an unlikely venue to talk urban stormwater control, rain overflow and city streets. But with organizations ... read more

Agriculture Networking Forum Shares Innovation

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Over 100 people shared ideas and brainstormed solutions at the Ag Networking Forum at Rocky Gap resort near Cumberland last week. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) annually brings together conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited, agricultural organizations funding Manure to Energy Programs and even colleges like Eastern Mennonite University. “The Agriculture Networking Forum provides opportunities to better target our efforts to improve agriculture ... read more

Churches Save on Stormwater Fees and Support Chesapeake Bay

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The Maryland General Assembly this week decided to table a proposal to repeal or withdraw (or delay) stormwater fees paid by municipalities, including Frederick, to keep dirty water out of the Chesapeake Bay. Funding stormwater remediation from property taxes just doesn’t work because churches and non-profits with buildings and parking lots would be exempt from supporting pollution controls. Thus, other property owners would pay a disproportionate share to handle this runoff. Under a ... read more

Upgrades Planned for Greenway Cemetery will Add Beauty, Reduce Erosion

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The unlikely setting of Greenway Cemetery in Town of Bath (also known as Berkeley Springs) WV is where an innovative stormwater project is just getting underway. It will contribute to Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts and will provide much-needed upgrades to the 150 year old and only “active” cemetery in the area. The historic town, best known for its hot mineral springs, has drawn visitors since Colonial Days, including George Washington himself. A 100-year flash flood on Labor Day 2012 caught ... read more

Stream Restoration for Trout Lovers

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Frederick Program Brings “My Brookies” Back to Monocacy Frederick County has created an innovative new program called “My Brookies” to engage area residents and environmentalists in restoring native brook trout. Shannon Moore of Frederick County’s Community Development Team was the innovator behind the restoration and brook trout initiative. Her goal is really getting communities in Frederick to think about how they can help to save the clean streams that brook trout need to survive. ... read more

Oyster Express Arrives in Baltimore

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Today at the Port of Baltimore, a 100-yard barge will pick-up and transport over 50 train cars of fossilized oyster shell – the new home for “spats-on-shell” baby oysters. The substrate of shell is coming from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay courtesy of CSX freight trains. It’s just the first of dozens of trips from a quarry where 125,000 cubic yards of shell awaits this transplantation.   Native Marylander and CSX executive Michael Ward will announce the campaign with ... read more

Shenandoah Extending Season: Fall Colors Still Peaking

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The Shenandoah National Park lodges and restaurants are going to remain open until December 8 at Noon. So you can still book a lodge room or cabin at Skyland or even go for Thanksgiving. The National Park Service is sort of offering a "make-up" to allow an extra week and give visitors and hikers a chance to enjoy the park. What's more, this weekend is "Free Free" and there is no gate admission required to enter Skyline Drive. When we have warm fall seasons, as we have this year, it delays and ... read more

Chesapeake Bay Program 30th Anniversary: Critical Watershed Improvement, Fish and Oyster Restoration

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Call to Action – Bay Temperature Rising, Water Levels Higher due to Warming Watershed Forum Brings Advocacy, Grassroots Solution At the Chesapeake Bay Alliance’s Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, the champions of the Bay restoration met en masse – 420 people – some of them having worked their entire careers on the Bay program. The “Chesapeake Bay Program” is recognizing 30 years of progress, mostly at the grassroots level, including the return of rockfish, oysters, habitat, ... read more