Posted 11 hours, 34 minutes ago
Navy’s St. Juliens Creek Annex Celebrates Significant Environmental Milestone
On 23 August 2016, a near-perfect summer day, Navy celebrated a significant milestone regarding the Environmental Restoration Program during the Construction Completion Ceremony held at St. Juliens Creek Annex. This milestone, completion of 36 years of investigation and remediation, demonstrates all physical construction of cleanup remedies is complete and all immediate threats have been addressed while long-term threats are being managed.
Posted 13 hours, 52 minutes ago
Headwaters Issue 3
In Headwaters we talk a lot about water, native plants, soils, sunlight, sediment, and nutrients- all the things that comprise our natural environment and go into the big stew of modeling the Chesapeake Bay’s health. The real reason we are here, though, is people. Neighbors, friends, colleagues, clients, and complete strangers that we have an opportunity to help on a daily basis. The only way we will succeed in improving water quality, producing food, ensuring safety, lowering energy consumption, and creating a culture that is generally sustainable for the long term, is by working together. Collaboration, partnership, and education can move us toward a resilient and sustainable community in the Chesapeake Bay. In this Headwaters, we demonstrate that humans are an inextricable part of every story and every landscape of the Chesapeake.
For more information on how we support Chesapeake Bay restoration, please visit our website, http://www.extension.umd.edu/watershed.
The Maryland Sea Grant Extension Watershed Educators Team
Headwaters Issue 3
Posted 18 hours ago
Monarchs and More Curriculum Workshop
Monarchs & More
Saturday September 10, 2016
Please join us at our annual Curriculum Workshop on Saturday September 10th, 2016 (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) at Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt, MD.
This is a once-a-year opportunity to:
Gain new ideas and insights from veteran science teacher, Louise Hill, in using hands-on lesson plans from Monarchs and More curriculum guide (University of Minnesota) to teach students about the habitat, life cycle, and migration of the Monarch butterfly.
Receive teaching materials that you can use immediately, including:
A packet of lesson plans and hand-outs, which are aligned with the common core standards.
A kit to build a butterfly cage during the workshop.
Live Monarch larvae to take back to your classroom for students to raise.
Butterfly tags & datasheet as a part of a citizen science project with Monarch Watch to help track migration of Monarch butterflies to Mexico.
Sign up for support to create a Garden Club to help your school maintain its habitat garden.
Meet & exchange ideas with other teachers participating in the Monarch Sister Schools Program.
Learn about our annual trip to Mexico’s “Monarch Country”.
Date:September 10, 2016
8:30am: Sign-in and Breakfast
9:00am-12:30pm: Workshop (with garden and coffee breaks)
Location: Springhill Lake Elementary School
6060 Springhill Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
* Just 5 minutes from I-495/I-95 South/ Exit 23 onto Kenilworth Ave. South
You may register online HERE.
If you have any questions or trouble registering please contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone at 240-997-5185.
Each school will receive a kit to build a butterfly cage during the workshop, along with two Monarch larvae and tags (purchased by us from Monarch Watch). To offset the cost of these materials, there is a materials fee of $45/member schools $55/non-member schools per kit to be paid by check or cash the day of the workshop. Due to the number of larvae there is a limit of 1 kit per school.
Posted 18 hours, 34 minutes ago
Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits
New research from the Morton Arboretum Soil Science Laboratory suggests trees provide the largest proportion of bioswales’ stormwater benefits, relative to soils: http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/research-shows-trees-in-bioswales-provide-significant-stormwater-benefits
Posted 18 hours, 49 minutes ago
Create Rain Gardens that Delight Your Customers and Your Bottom Line
Interested in learning how to create rain gardens that delight the eye and the Chesapeake Bay? Trained installers of rain gardens are in demand. Learn rain garden principles and actually help to install a rain garden at the workshop. Workshop fee is $20 per person and it includes lunch. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/greatraingarden
Sponsored by Prince George’s Department of the Environment, Prince George’s County Forestry Board and Port Towns Community Health Partnership For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-601-2802.
Posted 19 hours, 55 minutes ago
Project Scientist/Engineer – Natural Resources
KCI’s Natural Resources Practice is seeking a talented and motivated stream restoration designer (scientist or engineer) to work in our Sparks, MD headquarters on projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic Region including stream and floodplain restoration, dam removal and fish passage, and Bay Pollutant reduction.
This position requires strong skills in site and problem assessment through knowledge and familiarity of Rosgen evaluation techniques, channel evolution model, and fluvial processes and influences including urban storm water, historic land use impacts, and physiographic provinces. Experience with channel restoration design and construction oversight is needed to fulfill this position.
If you have a strong work ethic, are team oriented, and share a passion for the assessment, restoration and preservation of our region’s waterways and natural landscapes, our team may have a spot for you.
Posted 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator
Do you have a passion for communicating environmental science to the public? Do you have experience identifying science stories and then crafting them into content for the web and social media? The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is currently seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual with experience and skills in social media marketing, web content development and management, and writing and editing for the web.The position will be located in Baltimore, MD at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology, part of UMCES. The Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator must have a strong technical background in addition to the creativity required to develop responsive, interesting original content on the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science website and social media platforms, as well as other digital communications. Seeking creative self-starters with a passion for and experience in science or environmental writing. Candidates should possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills; the ability to manage multiple projects; and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff.
– Assist in creating and posting content for organization’s web presence.
– Assist faculty and staff with the implementation of a new website design and the transition to new website and content management system. Assess and resolve any technical challenges in displaying the content.
– Keep home page and supporting pages up-to-date with articles and imagery that project an image consistent with marketing, branding, and design standards.
– Monitor and evaluate website analytics.
– Copyedit and proofread all web content.
– Plan, develop and implement social media campaigns to target programmatic engagement priorities.
– Develop social media copy for social and digital media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which drives traffic to web-based content.
– Recommend the most effective means to present content and facilitate digital engagement on different platforms that leads to a specified outcome.
– Maintain editorial calendar and publications schedule for platforms.
– Maintain reports of social and digital media engagement through the use of analytics.
– Support other communications for UMCES as needed, including assisting with monthly e-newsletter, press releases, and other content.
– Assist with maintenance and distribution of media clips.
– Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Marketing, Digital Media, Information Technology or related field.
– Minimum of two years developing original digital content, managing websites, and social media.
– Basic knowledge of HTML and experience with content management systems, particularly Drupal.
– Record of creative content development.
– Excellent project management skills, written communication, and organizational skills.
– Experience with image and video manipulations tools, including Adobe Creative Suite .
– Ability to work with different user groups with varying levels of web savvy, including staff and faculty.
– Expertise in social media platforms, planning, and analytics reporting tools.
– Excellent verbal, writing/editing, organizational and interpersonal skills.
– Excellent proofreader.
Work experience at institutions of higher education or non-profits is preferred. A strong interest in and understanding of environmental science. Background in journalism or demonstrated experience with writing and storytelling.
To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references and 3 writing samples to email@example.com.
UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Posted 1 day, 20 hours ago
Find Your Chesapeake: The Series
Celebrate today’s National Park Service Centennial by watching this brand new short film series. Produced in partnership with NPS Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Filmed and edited by me, with all-original score by Grammy-nominated musician, Troy Engle.
Find Your Chesapeake!
Posted 2 days, 2 hours ago
Just How Bad are Septic Systems for the Bay?
They are the #1 problem affecting our watershed.
Posted 2 days, 3 hours ago
Boatyard Beach Bash
Annapolis Maritime Museum Hosts the 12th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash with Extensive List of Internationally Acclaimed Artists–Including Four of Jimmy Buffett’s Original Coral Reefers – http://www.amaritime.org
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is hosting the 12th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash, Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at their waterfront property in Eastport. Founding Sponsor, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Title Sponsor, Annapolis Subaru, and our Carbon Neutral Sponsor, Hannon Armstrong, have worked their magic once again, and have put together the event’s best lineup, to date. With Coral Reefers, Peter Mayer, Brendan Mayer and Doyle Grisham, as well as world-class musicians, John Frinzi, Scott Kirby, Aaron Scherz, James “Sunny Jim” White, JD Spradlin from Radio Margaritaville and Tom Corcoran. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy these world class artists in an intimate setting at the beautiful waterfront campus of the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport.
While it receives acclaim for being one of the best parties in Annapolis, the Boatyard Beach Bash is most importantly a philanthropic event that raises significant funds for the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s education programs that serve the entire community. Of particular note with environmental responsibility at the forefront, the Boatyard Beach Bash is a zero waste/carbon neutral event.
For just $75.00 per general admission ticket, each patron will receive a grilled buffet dinner provided by the Boatyard Bar & Grill, 2 drink vouchers and the opportunity to witness first class entertainment from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. With a $125.00 V.I.P. (Very Important Parrothead) ticket, guests gain admittance to an exclusive reception prior to the concert, where they will have the opportunity to meet touring and recording members of the Jimmy Buffett Band before they perform– enjoying signature Painkiller cocktails and catered hors d’oeuvres from the area’s best caterers. Afterwards, they will join the festivities from a reserved, Bay-front concert seat.
Both General Admission and V.I.P. tickets are available now at www.amaritime.org. Don’t hesitate to purchase yours, as this event sells out each year.
Posted 2 days, 13 hours ago
Grazers’ Delight: Clean Streams, Profitable Livestock at Liberty Delight Farms
Come tour farmer Shane Hughes’ all-natural meat and egg production operation that maintains viability while protecting Maryland waterways. In the fall of 2015 the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Water Quality Program helped Shane to fence off his stream, and to build stream crossings and gravity flow watering facilities. Learn how to implement similar practices on your farm without breaking the bank. We’ll also see other innovative enterprises at Liberty Delight such as rabbit production and solar energy.
VIDEO: Bay 101 Emerald Ash Borer — Learn about efforts to protect native ash trees (3:29)
The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that is killing ash trees as it spreads across the United States. Colleen Kenny, a forester with the Maryland Forest Service, and Paula Shrewsbury, a professor at the University of Maryland, talk about the efforts being used to slow down the emerald ash borer and save ash trees—which have an important role in protecting water quality.
Watch the video: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/videos/clip/bay_101_emerald_ash_borer
Produced by Will Parson
Music/Audio: “A Moment of Jazz” by Ancelin
Special thanks to Colleen Kenny and Paula Shrewsbury
“Bay 101: Emerald Ash Borer” (3:29)
On Vimeo (downloadable): https://vimeo.com/178642470
On YouTube: https://youtu.be/5IKTlTENwew
NFWF Project Spotlight: Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation – Monday, August 29th at noon
Please join us next Monday, August 29th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation”
Join Kelly Gutshall of Landstudies, working with Hemlock Township, PA, and Kip Mumaw of Ecosystem Services working with the Town of Kilmarnock, VA to discuss stormwater management in communities that are experiencing flooding.
The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1119696839041571331.
Hope to see you there!
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.
This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.
Past Project Spotlights:
Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”
May – HOAs and Suburban Engagement
June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs
July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement
Join us for future Project Spotlights:
September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management
Manager, Chesapeake Programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Posted 3 days ago
Agroforestry 3-Day Professional Development Training – Biglerville,PA Sept 7-9, 2016
Agroforestry 3-Day Professional Development Training – Biglerville,PA Sept 7-9, 2016
Eleven SAFCFE credits are available for this valuable training supported by NE SARE. This training was developed by a partnership of national and regional agroforesters and is designed for technical service providers and agricultural educators. This training will provide a brief review of agroforestry, and opportunities for participants to explore agroforestry applications in depth with regional experts. Two days of lectures, networking and design sessions along with a full day of field tours at some of our areas top demonstration sites will leave you with plentiful information and resources to help your clients implement an innovative system with a multitude of ecological, social and economic benefits. Follow this link to learn more or visit http://www.nemaagroforestry.org.
Posted 3 days, 17 hours ago
Nonprofit Capacity Building Internship (paid)
Institute for Conservation is offering a paid internship for upper level undergraduate and/or graduate students. The internship is ideal for applicants who are considering careers in consulting, organization and/or leadership development, nonprofit capacity building and management. Full job description here:
Posted 3 days, 18 hours ago
Chesapeake Watershed Forum – Professional Development
There are still spaces available for the Chesapeake Watershed Forum Professional Development Short Courses being held September 29, 2016
1) Building the Machine: How to Prepare Small Agencies and Organizations to Implement Large Watershed Restoration Projects
Instructor: Kirk Mantay, PWS, Director of Watershed Restoration, South River Federation
This full day course will explore the organizational functions, tools, and skills that must be institutionalized prior to undertaking projects whose cost (per project) can dwarf the organizational or agency budget. In other words, what is needed to build a machine that can handle the inputs associated with these projects? The class will break into small groups according to agency/organizational size and mission and discuss known and unknown roadblocks to locally led implementation, methods and tools for expanding organizational skill sets, recognition of when additional staff may be needed, and the creation of protocols to deal with conflicts and crises. At the end of the day, attendees will have a solid understanding of what their organization will need in order to prepare themselves to undertake large-scale TMDL implementation.
2) A Users Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay
Instructors: Tom Schueler and Cecilia Lane, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
MS4 program managers
Private sector consultants
Local elected officials
Provide background on the Chesapeake Bay pollution diet and municipal stormwater permits and what communities should expect in the coming years
Show practical strategies on how communities can achieve cost-effective pollutant reduction by complying with their MS4 permits
Outline how you can discover and implement effective practices in your community
Assemble the best technical resources on urban BMPs where they can be quickly accessed
CSN Pre Forum Short Course (2)
Posted 3 days, 20 hours ago
Pennsylvania & Maryland Outreach and Advocacy Managers
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking to fill Outreach and Advocacy Manager positions in both their Annapolis MD and Harrisburg PA offices. The Outreach & Advocacy Managers are the lead professional in their respective offices that perform and oversee outreach, grassroots and other training activities meant to engage and mobilize CBF constituents, other conservation leaders & organization and the public.
Posted 3 days, 22 hours ago
Keitasha Royal Joins MRC as Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer
Keitasha Royal has joined MRC as our 2016-2017 CCC Volunteer
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is pleased to announce that Keitasha Royal has joined our team as the 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer. CCC provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. The program is supported by Chesapeake Bay Trust. Keitasha is the sixth CCC Volunteer to join MRC.
Originally from San Diego, California, Keitasha graduated in June from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy. She’s very interested in fluvial systems, especially rivers and streams and plans to continue with this study, focusing on river restoration and heavy metals contamination. During her time at UCSB, she was involved in several projects concerning fluvial systems and environmental restoration.
With Keitasha’s background and passion for stream restoration and environmental education, she is a perfect fit for MRC. She says, “I chose MRC because it gives me the best opportunity to engage with the community, promote environmental education, understand water quality, and learn about the Chesapeake watershed.”
MRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed and its tributaries, the Miles and Wye Rivers, and Eastern Bay. The organization advocates for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support. MRC now has ten full-time river advocates working at every level to preserve and protect Midshore rivers. The organization is supported by nearly 1,000 volunteers as well as by an engaged and caring community. MRC has attracted project grant funds of over one million dollars just in the past year to support pollution-reduction projects, a highly successful education program, and extensive advocacy work. For more information, visit midshoreriverkeeper.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 443.385.0511.
Posted 3 days, 23 hours ago
Choose Clean Water is hiring Communications Manager
Are you looking for an opportunity to spearhead a multi-state communications campaign that uses creative messaging and humor to get people excited about clean water? Do you have ideas about how groups working for clean water can communicate our issues better and connect with new audiences? Do you think that social media provides huge opportunities for sharing successes, reaching decision-makers, and getting new people interested in our work? Do you believe that the clean water movement needs to embrace and involve people of all backgrounds and walks of life in order to be successful? Are you looking for opportunities to be creative and try new things while working in a collaborative, team atmosphere?
In this job you will:
Develop and implement a strategic communications plan to support Choose Clean Water Coalition’s policy goals.
Create tool-kits, sample op/eds and LTEs, trainings, and other materials to help Coalition member groups effectively communicate about key Coalition issues. Help our members that currently have low communications capacity grow their capacity. Leverage the communications capacity of member groups who have communications professionals on staff.
Lead the Coalition’s region-wide communications campaign leading up to the 2017 mid-point assessment of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.
The Coalition’s convenings – our annual conference, annual meeting, and lobby day on Capitol Hill – are important opportunities to provide communications trainings, facilitate our members sharing information, and strategically communicate to key decision-makers. The Communications Manager has lead responsibility for the planning and success of these convenings.
Collect and disseminate examples of Coalition member successes, important innovations, and state or local successes or shortfalls in reducing pollution.
Create and manage Coalition website content, which may include revamping the website. Create social media content for the Coalition and sample content for members to post. Create trainings and other communications materials for use by Coalition staff and Coalition member groups. Build the Coalition’s brand while bringing attention to the work our members are doing that advance the Coalition’s policy goals.
Convene a working group of communications professionals working at Coalition member organizations.
The majority of the work involves external communications, including communications with Coalition member groups, governmental and non-governmental partners, news outlets, elected officials, and the public.
Posted 4 days, 21 hours ago
Public Relations Internship
Do you have a love for the environment and want to expand your experience in the field of communications?
The Annapolis Maritime Museum has a Public Relations Internship available this fall in support of our mission to educate youth and adults about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events.
Summary: Annapolis Maritime Museum needs an intelligent, strategic, and resourceful intern to help the organization expand its public relations and marketing efforts. The PR Intern will work under the direction of the Development Manager in four main areas: media relations, social media, donor relations, and grant writing research. This is an exciting opportunity for a young professional to contribute to the growth of an environmental educations program with a Chesapeake Bay organization, while gaining hands on experience in nonprofit management.
Earn college credit and/or stipend while advancing your career in public relations and engaging with the Chesapeake Bay environment!
Location: Annapolis, MD
Create, develop, and implement social media strategies aimed at increasing awareness about AMM.
Assist with brainstorming, creating, and distributing marketing materials.
Draft basic public relations materials including, news releases, media alerts, fact sheets, appeal letters, and other materials as directed.
Track AMM’s news coverage and seek follow-up opportunities with reporters.
Research environmental grants and drafts grant submissions.
Assist in the creation and distribution of donor communications.
Complete communications projects as assigned.
Assist the Executive Director, Development Manager and other staff, as needed with project and social media postings.
Position Hours 10-15 hours a week depending on college credit needed
On site work hours, morning time frame, with occasional afternoon evening time
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