Concern About Rockwool Grows Beyond Jefferson County

Despite the fact that site work has begun on a planned 460,000-square-foot insulation factory on 130 acres in Ranson, W.Va., opposition to the project continues to grow — within Jefferson County and beyond. The Rockwool insulation plant would crush and melt rock using coal and natural gas. Although the proposed plant’s owner, the multi-national ROXEL, has already […]

Loudoun Wildlife, PVAS Host Christmas Bird Counts

Two Downstream Project partners invite everyone to join in their annual Christmas Bird Counts. The event was started in 1899 by the National Audubon Society and now takes place across the country. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s count is scheduled for Thursday, December 28, in Loudoun County, Va. The count circle has a 15-mile diameter, covering 177 […]

Mending Moore’s Creek

  Moore’s Creek State Forest straddles a 2,300-acre expanse of rugged and scenic mountains in the Allegheny Highlands of Rockbridge County, Virginia. The forest was established in 2012 in part as a result of then-Governor Tim Kaine’s endeavor to place 400,000 acres of the Commonwealth into permanent conservation. Establishing the forest achieved a long-term goal […]

Bobby Whitescarver Named Chesapeake Champion

(Watch Bobby Whitescarver’s inspiring, and entertaining, acceptance speech. Shot in HD, so be sure to select.) Hats off to our partner and stalwart board member, Bobby Whitescarver, for being honored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as the Watershed Champion of the Year for 2016. Bobby accepted the award at the Alliance’s 45th anniversary […]

Supreme Court ends challenge to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

Some milestones need to be celebrated and documented like the news in this Chesapeake Bay Foundation Press Release, February 29, 2016 Supreme Court Allows Chesapeake Bay Blueprint to Stand Farm Bureau Challenge without Merit (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case […]

Mike Murdock Joins The Downstream Crew

Mike Murdock brings over thirty years experience as a still photographer, videographer, editor, and producer/director to The Downstream Project. Mike has won several regional and national awards including 3 ITVA Awards, 12 Telly Awards, 2 Videographer Awards, a Cine Golden Eagle, an EMMY nomination for editing and an EMMY award for Cinematography.

Join Us, Downstream, at the Fest!

Watermelon Park, site of the River & Routes Festival is technically upstream from our Berryville VA, headquarters, but the Downstream Project will be there in person, mind, and spirit. Join us for great tunes by the David Grisman sextet and a host of others. Stop by our tent and get a Project update and sign […]

Putting “tribute” back in tributary

As this year comes to a close, we wish you the peace of the season and invite you to read this reflection by our newest board member, Bobby Whitescarver, entitled “Every Person, Every Tributary”— written for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Click on this link or the image below to see the finished product that was published in […]

Would a moratorium solve the blue crab crisis?

This past week, the venerable Angus Phillips – former outdoors columnist for The Washington Post – emerged briefly from retirement to make an angry plea on The Post’s pages: ban crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. He lamented this summer’s lousy blue crab numbers – foretold by this past winter’s dredge survey – and reminded readers […]

Soundings: Sail Day 4

Friday, July 11, 2014 Block Island Sound to Shelter Island Weather Forecast: Mostly cloudy in the morning…then clearing. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph…Becoming southeast this afternoon. Mostly clear in the evening…then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. New […]