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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Green” is a much maligned marketing term!
Starting a blog post quoting Kermit the Frog’s lament may not be the most journalistic way to talk about being green. In the environmental field, we have now switched to engaging the term “sustainability”. Green somehow earned the tough reputation of being for granola people. I submit there is a strong business case to be made for staying green with the ROI of environmental stewardship.
How can we bring green corporate social responsibility ... read more