ID this bird?

Our executive director, Bill Howard, photographed this specimen outside our office in Berryville, Virginia as flew from a crepe myrtle and landed nearby. Leucistic or albino, grackle, grosbeak, or blackbird? The jury is still out. Can you identify it?      

3rd Annual Benefit Sporting Clay Shoot

The Downstream Project will be holding its 3rd Annual Benefit Sporting Clay Shoot to help raise funds for our support of conservation communications in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   Westerly Shooting Grounds <–Click for Directions Aldie, Virginia Coffee and Donuts starting at 10:00 am Shoot commences 10:30 am Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Prizes, luncheon, and refreshments $1,000 […]

River Walk on the Farm: Boots and Binos

The Downstream Project will be co-sponsoring and capturing the “River Walk on the Farm” hosted by Bobby and Jeanne Whitescarver on their farm in Swoope, Virginia. The Downstream Crew will be videotaping this celebration event and documenting the many excellent presentations, in a feature-rich environment. Although the event is now full subscribed, we will be sharing […]

Manure-To-Energy Initiative (New Video)

Manure-to-energy systems on farms can deliver a number of economic benefits for farmers. They can also increase the amount of renewable energy in the United States and, if handled correctly, protect streams and rivers from the polluting effects of surplus nutrients. The Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative was launched in 2012 to demonstrate and objectively evaluate manure-based […]

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 […]

DMME’s Fracking Regulations – Public Comment Period

Background document and resource materials provided by the Southern Environmental Law Center: For the last two years, DMME has been considering improvements to Virginia’s oil and gas regulations— the process was initiated by an industry petition in December 2013 to use FracFocus in Virginia as a method to disclose fracking fluids used in well stimulation. DMME […]

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 […]

Blue Ridge Coalition ready to launch

Like a fine Virginia wine, the Blue Ridge Coalition has been years in the making. It all started back in 2009, when members of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains (FBRM) decided that the Blue Ridge should be recognized as a special conservation corridor to help protect its natural and cultural values. The following […]

Predictably scary: nutrient pollution

To the uninitiated, the forests of Pennsylvania have no connection whatsoever with the manatees of Florida. After all, they’re separated by a thousand miles. The forests are on land, the manatees in the water. But both were in the news this Halloween week. Pennsylvania forests made regional news because Governor Tom Corbett approved legislation reducing […]