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 […]

Flora and Fauna at the Farm

When we think of farms and conservation, we usually think of water quality and open space. Sam Quinn of The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington VA wants us to think about something else too: wildlife. Namely, how, with a little thought, biodiversity can help improve a farmer’s bottom line. That was his message to scientists […]

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 […]

Don’t Miss These Great Speakers on Riparian Conservation and Restoration, June 22

  Riparian Conservation and Restoration Workshop Join us on Saturday June 22nd at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for lectures on watershed management, on-the-ground conservation programs, and benefits of riparian restorations to our local wildlife followed by a panel discussion and farm tour in the afternoon. Registration is limited. […]

The Goose Creek Challenge

[ylwm_vimeo height=”366″ width=”550″]63265281[/ylwm_vimeo]     The Goose Creek Association kicked off its 2013 riparian buffer project called The Goose Creek Challenge, chaired by Marcia Woolman, using a joint project with Tom Turner of the John Marshall Soil and Water District (JMS&WD), to plant 433 trees on March 15th and 16th. The success of this watershed conservation […]

Become a stream monitor….here’s your chance!

By VAL VAN METER The Winchester Star BOYCE — Tiny stream critters, looking like extras in a miniature horror flick, have a tale to tell. To the educated eye, they can give clues to the health and cleanliness of flowing streams and rivers. Gem Bingol of the Piedmont Environmental Council invited half a dozen Clarke County […]

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 – […]

Landowners’ Guide to Spout Run

Landowners’ Guide to Spout Run December 7, 2012 By Bill Howard Leave a Comment (Edit) Spout Run is a truly local stream. Most residents know that Spout Run, including Page Brook and Roseville Run quite literally flow out of the ground in several clean and cold springs: Saratoga, Prospect, Page Brook and Carter Hall to […]

Downstream participates in “Balloon Mapping” workshop

This short video trailer captures the essence of a two-day balloon mapping workshop that was held at Andy Guest State Park on July 20 and 21. Our thanks to Beverly Pearce of Denizen Media for pulling this program together and to Adam Griffith of PLOTS (Public Laboratory of Open Technology and Science) for such an […]