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 […]

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 […]

Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition Launches Monitoring Program

[ylwm_vimeo height=”366″ width=”550″]65323772[/ylwm_vimeo] The Truth Lies in the Data In 2008, several community meetings were held on the Blue Ridge of Jefferson County to help create a vision of these mountain communities in years to come. The meetings were well attended by approximately 350 mountain residents. With the new Chesapeake Bay pollution diet restrictions (TMDL) looming, […]

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 – […]

The Field School hosts Dreamyard Preparatory School and SU

Catch the action on our Dreamyard Video Blog On August 5, 2012, students from The Dreamyard Project were hosted for an exhilarating day on the Shenandoah River with their sponsors, The Performing Arts Camp of Shenandoah University.    

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 […]

PA Court supports local fracking limits

A Pennsylvania court on Thursday struck down a provision of a state law that forbade municipalities to limit where natural gas drilling can take place within their boundaries. Read the New York Times Article.

Our Eyes On….Fracking (featuring the Waterdogs)

This is the first in a series of stories about the genesis of citizen water monitoring efforts in North Central Pennsylvania in response to the rush to Marcellus Shale drilling and its potential effects on our water. The Pine Creek Waterdogs, God’s Country Waterdogs, and local Trout Unlimited chapters provide hands-on monitoring to measure water […]