Water Quality

  • This Week in the Watershed: Investing in Clean Water

    June 8, 2018

    When Virginia's General Assembly adjourned in March, there was one item unresolved. There was deadlock on the state budget. But following a lengthy special session, it's clear there is something legislators all agree on: clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Halfway There

    June 1, 2018

    The history of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are riddled with grand promises, high expectations, and missed deadlines. But the story changed when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was introduced in 2010.

  • The Original Clean the Bay Day Crew Reunites

    May 24, 2018

    On May 15, a small group of people concerned about the state of the Bay and its beaches reconvened for the first time in many years.

  • Naturally Sunkissed Farm: Making the World Wilder and More Flavorful

    May 23, 2018

    This couple has made it a priority in life to craft a wilder world by mimicking the natural processes of the earth in their farming techniques.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Little Spark

    May 18, 2018

    When Robert Dean was planning the first Clean the Bay Day 29 years ago, his greatest worry was getting enough volunteers to leave the comfort of their homes on a Saturday morning to get dirty and tired picking up trash. But he underestimated the love Virginians have for their waterways.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Threats and Resilience

    May 11, 2018

    Like the victim of Chinese water torture, the Chesapeake Bay seems afflicted by a constant stream of assaults, most of them man-made.

  • This Month on the Bay: A Mahogany Tide in May

    May 9, 2018

    Mahogany tides are natural occurrences, but a bloom as widespread and deep as the one that came this week is a serious reminder of how much we have overfertilized our waters with nitrogen and phosphorus.

  • In the Path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    May 8, 2018

    Water is life, and clean, abundant water is our right.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Big Dam Problem

    May 4, 2018

    It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.

  • Thirty Years of Stewardship

    May 3, 2018

    On a cold night in January 1989, I gathered 12 friends of mine together. Plastic bags, fishing line, cigarette butts, and heaps of other trash were defiling our waterways. And we wanted to do something about it.

  • A Powerful New Restoration Tool for the Bay

    May 1, 2018

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–a key federal partner in the Chesapeake Bay Program–recently gave Capitol Hill a sneak peek at a unique and powerful new federal restoration tool that will be unveiled on May 31: the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 10 Million Keystone Trees

    April 27, 2018

    Pennsylvania's waters might not contain blue crabs, oysters, or other iconic Chesapeake Bay critters, but with more than 50 percent of the Bay's freshwater flows coming from the Susquehanna River, the Keystone State determines the health of the Chesapeake.

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