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Protect our drinking water

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Nutrients, Wetlands, Stormwater runoff, Stewardship

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Drinking water is crucial for our survival but it is under threat in the Chesapeake region. Learn what is threatening our water and tell your elected officials that our drinking water must be protected.

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Choose Clean Water Coalition Turns Five

Topic: Stewardship

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The issues of conservation and clean water are not topics that can be dealt with in a single piece of legislation or with the actions of one person. When it comes to reducing pollution in our local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, it takes a group of like-minded individuals and nonprofit groups to make a difference. The Choose Clean Water Coalition is a group of more than 200 member organizations in all six states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that have come together with the purpose of getting citizens to make their voices heard in local government on the issue of protecting clean water. The Choose Clean Water Coalition serves as a unifying force for different groups all across the watershed that started with sixty different organizations five years ago and has now grown to be a force of change and conservation up to the national levels of government.

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Congregations Reduce Polluted Runoff

Topic: Green infrastructure, Stormwater runoff, Stewardship

State: Maryland

Landscape: Urban

Caring for creation is a core value of most religions and water is symbolic in most faith traditions. See what congregations are doing to reduce polluted runoff to their local rivers and streams. These houses of worship are doing their fair share to reduce polluted runoff and in many cases, the environmental projects are defining their missions.

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Baltimore's neighborhoods, nonprofits, government agencies work to clean their community

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Green infrastructure, Wetlands, Stormwater runoff, Stewardship

State: Maryland

Landscape: Urban

Clean water is Baltimore's most important natural resource and that the greatest hope for clean water lies in citizen action. In Baltimore, if you're going to talk about stormwater, you need to talk about trash. Laura Bankey, the National Aquarium's Manager of Conservation explains that the value of partnerships is immeasurable. See how Baltimore's urban neighborhoods are coming together to improve their neighborhoods - whether it is painting storm drains with Blue Water Baltimore, planting trees in McElderry Park, or picking up trash at Fort McHenry with the National Aquarium, the citizens of Baltimore are working to green their communities. Kim Burgess, Baltimore City's Surface Water Management Chief explains why a stormwater utility will help the city.

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Power of Partnerships: Protecting our Water from Extractive Industries

Topic: Rivers and Streams

State: Virginia

Landscape: Rural

The Chesapeake region is experiencing extractive mining techniques that weren’t around 10 years ago. “Why would we open up new problems when we haven’t figured out to clean up the problems of the last 100 years?” asks Piedmont Environmental Council’s executive director, Chris Miller. Regional environmental groups, farmers and municipal leaders have joined together to mobilize against drilling and uranium mining permits for the headwaters of the Chesapeake region’s drinking water. More than 53,000 citizen comments urged the US Forest Service to ban horizontal drilling in George Washington National Forest. The bill to allow uranium drilling in Virginia was withdrawn before it could be voted on.

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Linking land and water in brook trout conservation

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Farms, Stewardship

State: West Virginia

Landscape: Rural

Stream fish cannot survive without cool, clean water. On Bowers Farm, the current local brook trout population indicates healthy waters in the nearby stream. When Dr. Jack Bowers retired, he came back to his family farm and saw erosion on the stream’s shoreline. Since then, he is involved with NRCS implementing stream programs to cut down on the water. Riparian buffers were planted to absorb any pollutants and provide support to the stream banks. With clean headwaters, the temperature-sensitive trout have clean gravel bed for spawning each autumn. Sedimentation from agriculture and no riparian buffers would destroy brook trout eggs, their habitat, and insect habitats which is their food source. Bowers Farm illustrates how simple cost-effective solutions can lead to healthier waters.

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Bernie Fowler wades into the Patuxent

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Stewardship

State: Maryland

Landscape: Rural

Congressman Steny Hoyer calls Bernie Fowler one of the great river protectors in America. His wade-in has evolved into a symbol of the need for stewardship of the state's precious water resources.

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Stormwater utilities finance Lynchburg's clean water efforts

Topic: Green infrastructure, Stormwater runoff

State: Virginia

Landscape: Urban

Stormwater utilities are an equitable way to provide funding to clean up local water says Erin Hawkins, Water Quality Manager for Lynchburg, VA. Michelle Kokolis from the James River Association tells homeowners that they can take action to reduce stormwater. Cleaning up stormwater provides positive economic impact.

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Shenandoah Riverkeeper Talks About How Jobs Are Tied to Clean Water

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Nutrients, Stormwater runoff, Farms, Stewardship

State: Virginia

Landscape: Rural

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Grow business while preserving the environment.

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Nutrients, Farms, Stewardship

State: Pennsylvania

Landscape: Rural

The Chesapeake Bay Program visited with Luke Brubaker of Brubaker Farms who shows us successful strategies for sustainable farming.

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How Lancaster’s green infrastructure makes a difference.

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Green infrastructure, Stormwater runoff, Stewardship

State: Pennsylvania

Landscape: Urban

Mayor Gray explains how Lancaster City is using green infrastructure.

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Amish farmer improves streams

Topic: Rivers and Streams, Nutrients, Farms, Stewardship

State: Pennsylvania

Landscape: Rural

Manure management strategies and stream buffers improve water quality

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