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 […]

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 […]

What’s clean water worth? The bottom line says billions

How much is clean water worth to you? Some of its benefits are incalculable – can you really put a dollar value on good health, a memorable fishing trip, or a babbling brook? But this week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation tried. They looked at eight natural benefits that would be enhanced if the Chesapeake Clean […]

Oyster restoration offers a foothold for the future

This past spring, we blogged about a federal study demonstrating how oyster replenishment could eliminate nitrogen pollution in the Potomac River estuary. Now that it’s summer, the news is filled with encouraging stories of oyster restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Josh Bollinger of The Star Democrat in Easton, Maryland recently reported on replenishment efforts […]

Springing forward, moving back: Polluted runoff could hamper Bay gains

Finally. The snow is melting, temperatures are rising, and the green stems of spring crocuses are peeking through the mud in neglected gardens. The winter of polar vortexes and record snow days is receding. But all that winter snow has to go somewhere and eventually, that means local streams and rivers. In rural parts of […]

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, […]

EcoVenture Days 27 & 28 Webcast

Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, on the origins of the river/waterkeeper movement and the use of political advocacy to correct the ravages of pollution. Jeff is one of the “voices” on the Voices of the River DVD asking the tough questions about why fish are dying in the Shenandoah River. Also, some closing thoughts and reflections […]

EcoVenture Day 26 Webcast

Steve Reeser and Jason Hallacher of Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries demonstrate how they determine fish populations on the south fork of the Shenanadoah.

EcoVenture Day 25 Webcast

It’s been 25 days on the trail and the river. It’s raining on and off and promises to pour all night. The team misses a drop point where they’ll meet Pam Patterson for a hot dinner and have to backtrack half a mile.

EcoVenture Day 24 Webcast

Near Luray, in Page County, a cold morning and a 22 ft dam greet our intrepid travelers.