Telling The Story Of Water One Photo At A Time

Water Reporter app empowers people to document conditions by phone It seems that since the dawn of the age of mobile phones, middle-aged people have been telling younger folks to leave the phone at home when getting out into nature. Something about the urge to post and share pretty pictures from mountaintops and waterfalls just […]

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Files Suit Against EPA

Local groups challenge the agency’s approval of Virginia’s decision to not list the Shenandoah as ‘impaired,’ despite excessive algae blooms and nutrient pollution Three local citizen groups, including the Clarke County-based Shenandoah Riverkeeper, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the agency’s repeated failure to address the Shenandoah River’s increasing problem with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Farm Programs Helping to Save the Bay

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared some encouraging news last week:  Its most recent analysis of conservation programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed show that new farming practices are reducing sediment and nutrient loading into waterways.  Federal programs promoted through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as state, local and private […]