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 […]

A Voice for the River

I should have known him better – or rather, known of him better. Pete Seeger, iconic American folk singer for decades, died Monday night at the age of 94. Those who care about rivers also know him as the founder of the Clearwater, the Hudson River sloop he built to spread the word that the […]

Resolve: Do Better for the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has set some New Year resolutions for the federal government: buff up (riparian buffers, that is) and stop the smoking (from the Ohio Valley).   CBF made their recommendations to the federal interagency committee overseeing President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection. That order requires USDA, […]

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 […]

Water pollution? There’s an app for that.

Downstream Project Executive Director (and Rotarian) Bill Howard invited Upper Potomac River Manager for the Potomac RIVERKEEPER, Brent Walls, to speak at the Shepherdstown, WV Rotary Club breakfast last week, where Brent announced the Water Reporter —a new iPhone and iPad app (Android coming soon) that lets you report pollution as soon as you see it.   […]

Summer’s End

  Garden fresh tomatoes and crisp cucumbers. A cool swimming hole and a paddle down the river. A quiet evening fishing and a campsite by the creek. What did you enjoy this summer? Whatever it was, chances are it depended on clean water. We often take clean water for granted these days, but not so […]

Lasers shed light on the Shenandoah’s TMDL

[ylwm_vimeo height=”366″ width=”550″]72688308[/ylwm_vimeo]     Article by Ronda Nickey Lehman, President Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition Since the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order by President Obama, the calculation of “TMDL,” or “total maximum daily load” for the Bay’s tributaries has been a point of controversy for many people living in the Bay watersheds. Their concerns […]

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 […]

Chesapeake Bay: Making the Grade

We’re getting there. That’s the message from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, which released their report card on pollution control in the Chesapeake Bay watershed this past week. But, not surprisingly, we’ve still got a long way to go. This week’s report card reflects progress made since 2009 when […]

Farmers to the Bay Captures Common Ground Among Farmers, Watermen

Building Bridges to Conservation through Communication RICHMOND, VA. – A new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) video featuring a Shenandoah Valley farmer and the mayor of Tangier Island shows how people from diverse walks of life can find common ground in clean water and a healthy Chesapeake Bay. The video, titled “Farmers to the Bay – […]