A High Water Test for C Spout Run

C Spout Run’s streambank restoration project was only days old when it got tested by the heavy rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic a few weeks ago. Spout Run, a tributary of the Shenandoah River, swelled from its typical flow rate of about 22 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 800 cfs; a 36-fold increase in volume. […]

The not-so-secret ingredient: Just add oysters

With the Obama Administration’s Executive Order to clean-up the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Blueprint’s multi-step plan for doing so, and an alphabet soup of technical terms for controlling pollution – TMDLs, CREP, BOD, N loads, P levels and more – much of the Bay’s cleanup focuses on taking things out of it: Reducing the […]

Springing forward, moving back: Polluted runoff could hamper Bay gains

Finally. The snow is melting, temperatures are rising, and the green stems of spring crocuses are peeking through the mud in neglected gardens. The winter of polar vortexes and record snow days is receding. But all that winter snow has to go somewhere and eventually, that means local streams and rivers. In rural parts of […]

Bay states to Mississippi Basin: Mind your own business

It’s been two weeks since The Washington Post reported that 21 states’ attorneys general filed a court brief opposing the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, but the shock has yet to wear off for some. In their brief, attorneys general from most of the states in the Mississippi River watershed, joined by those from as far […]

Dreaming of a white (and green) Christmas

Love it or hate it, those of us in the northern and western reaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed have already gotten a lot of snow and ice this December.  Bing Crosby may dream of it, but according to regional biologists, heavy winter precipitation can mean more algal blooms in the Bay this summer.   Runoff […]

Help us do more in 2014

Friends of the Downstream Project: In 2013, The Downstream Project helped many regional conservation organizations accomplish their missions. To help us do even more in 2014, please consider making a donation to The Downstream Project. We are helping them get the word out. The Downstream Project provides omnimedia services to conservation groups that protect water […]

Farm Programs Helping to Save the Bay

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared some encouraging news last week:  Its most recent analysis of conservation programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed show that new farming practices are reducing sediment and nutrient loading into waterways.  Federal programs promoted through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as state, local and private […]

EPA Agrees: We All Live Downstream

In a draft scientific report the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed what many of us already know:  That small streams – and many wetlands — substantially affect the physical, chemical and biological makeup of rivers downstream. This seemingly simple concept has big implications.  For years, environmentalists, trade associations, citizens and government agencies have […]

The Downstream Project and C Spout Run to be featured at Water Summit

Come to the Virginia Citizens for Water Quality (VCWQ) Water Summit this coming weekend and be inspired.  The Downstream Project’s (TDP) Executive Director, Bill Howard, will be giving a keynote talk along with C Spout Run partners Nesha McCrae of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and Seth Coffman of Trout Unlimited.  They’ll outline how the […]

Going with the Flow, Online

Here at The Downstream Project (TDP), we’re big believers in getting outside and knowing your place. After all, what better way to see firsthand how we all live downstream? But we’re also big believers in the power of technology. And these days there are more tools than ever to help people understand how their local […]