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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soundings: Sail Day 3 (unedited)

Thursday, July 9, 2014. 0100 hours (that’s 1:00 am) Heading 60 degrees north Somewhere off Long Island Looks like tracking software has lost the link. We did not sink off Atlantic City! New tracking link: https://track.gs/F7wFD8 My two hour watch rotation was from 2300 on Day 2 ending at 0100 this morning. Perfect timing for […]

Soundings: Sail Day 2 (unedited)

Wednesday July 8, 2014 O230 Cape May Point Tried to share waypoint and photograph of the lighthouse and beach from the glow of the beacon, we were that close to the shore as we took a few miles off of our entrance to the ocean. Shut eye: 0300 0500 – 0800 watch duty with Lex and […]

Soundings: The Back Story

This story was first posted in July of 2014, but provides a little back story to my ongoing adventures on the good ship Arcadia and my good friend Lex Birney’s entry into the Annapolis Bermuda Race 2016. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch […]