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: 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 […]

Bobby Whitescarver Joins Downstream Board

Maybe we should all thank Bobby’s mother. “My mother was my Rachel Carson,” said new Downstream board member Bobby Whitescarver in a recent online chat. “I was one of those children that wandered off into the woods and pastures, exploring and having fun. She encouraged that, and even got me a pretty good microscope at […]

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. […]

Flying High on Earth Day

We’re not sure how the weatherman would describe the Panhandle Earth Day Celebration on April 26, but we’re calling it a success despite the occasional strong gusts of wind on an otherwise mostly sunny and warm spring day. Downstream Executive Director Bill Howard, videographer Nancy Sanders and Willis Nowell of the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition […]

The Journal covers tree planting and Downstream partners

In two articles last week, Martinsburg’s Journal newspaper in Berkeley County, WV covered the tree planting at T.A. Lowery Elementary School led by the Cacapon Institute’s Tanner Haid, with help from the Elks Run Watershed Group and the Jefferson County Izaak Walton League.  In the first article, staff writer Jenni Vincent talks with Downstream Executive […]

Don’t miss the watershed tent at the Panhandle Earth Day Celebration!

Earth Day officially falls on April 22, but West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle will be celebrating its annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26 at historic Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown. As you listen to the bands performing on stage, and wander among all the booths and tents hosted by local artists, businesses, foodies […]

Clarke Resident George Ohrstrom Is A Conservation ‘Superman’

Posted March 24, 2014 By Val Van Meter, The Winchester Star reprinted with permission BERRYVILLE — Unlike other sports which need an arena, or a field or even a court, fox hunting can only be pursued over large stretches of open land. That’s one reason why The Chronicle of the Horse magazine and the Masters of […]