My Contribution To Stormwater Issues

Green roof at the Civic Gardens in Cincinnati, OH | Katie Rousseau This morning I woke up to the sound of a rather heavy, but steady rain outside my window. This sound made me feel calm and peaceful. This lasted for only a minute before I thought about taking a shower and how the water… Read more »

Susquehanna Fish Diseased Yet The River Is Not ‘Impaired’

Wildlife depend on a healthy Susquehanna River for survival | © MissTessmacher The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pennsylvania’ Department of Protection (PA-DEP) list of impaired waterways [PDF] disappointing advocates for a healthy Susquehanna River. In August 2011, American Rivers joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission (Fish and… Read more »

Managing Stormwater for Safe Swimming

Fish kill on the Choptank River in Maryland, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay | © eutrophication&hypoxia Here on the east coast we’re in the midst of a heat wave and some of our major waterways are unsafe for a cool swim. At Jones Falls in Baltimore’s inner-harbor hundreds of fish are dying. Experts are… Read more »

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?

Check out the this fun animated video about Portage River water quality testing put together by the students at Eastwood Middle School. Eastwood Middle School students put their creative thinking caps on when they put together a five minute video using GoAnimate to explain their October water quality testing results for the Portage River in… Read more »

Urban Farms: Providing Food and Protecting Watersheds

Real Food Farm’s Perlman Place Site in Baltimore, MD | Civic Works’ Real Food Farm What if there was a way to reduce stormwater runoff as well as provide access to healthy food in low income urban areas?  What if this practice was being done in cities across the Nation? Farms are not just for… Read more »

What Exactly Is Stream Daylighting?

Download Daylighting Streams | © American Rivers Small streams, which scientists refer to as headwater streams, provide a wide array of benefits to communities, such as nutrient and pollution removal, groundwater recharge, and flood mitigation. Headwater streams are where rivers are born – from small seeps, springs, and brooks – and they gain water and… Read more »

Potomac River Report Card: Better Clarity, Declining Vegetation

The following is a guest post series by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. The development around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge… Read more »

Using Urban Farms as a Green Infrastructure Tool

Billboard at Civic Works Real Food Farm | Jenny Hughes Polluted runoff is a major source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations were set as pollution caps that have an accompanying implementation plan that will ultimately restore the Bay’s water quality. All communities within the Chesapeake… Read more »