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It’s Not Easy Being Green

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“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

Brownfield Remediation Starts with Samples

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New Fill Dirt to Replace Brownfield Soil -part two of blog on Evitt's Run & Shenandoah Watershed Clean-up The history of Charles Town and Ranson includes a booming lumber industry and grain and agriculture storage and processing along with railroad for transporting lumber and grain to markets. There was a Maytag appliances factory, with metal works, which left former industrial sites of what are called “brownfields.” As Charles Town City manager Joe Cosentini said, “they are underutilized ... read more

Downstream Project Moves Upstream in Charles Town

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NFWF Supports Bay Watershed Restoration Effort   The Cities of Charles Town and Ranson, WV have developed a strong urban environmental management vision.  It is all part of a concerted revitalization effort for the region. Stormwater control as well as beautifying Charles Town with raingardens, which brings more visitors and more business, is important for a “Commerce Corridor” to emerge. Charles Town’s downtown is booming with new business and the expansion of American Public ... read more

Engaging Non-Operator Landowners in Conservation: Local Landowner Receives Funding for Upgrades

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Meet Harry George.  His family owns a 200-acre farm in Frederick County, near Jefferson, MD. The land has been in his family for many generations; he enjoys relaxing, reminiscing and hunting on the land. He is proud that the farm “has remained productive and sustainable through the care of many generations of good land stewards.” But George doesn’t live on his farm; he rents it out to a local farmer. What most people don’t know is that this is not an uncommon scenario. In fact, ... read more