Posted 2 months, 1 week ago
Middle James Roundtable Annual Meeting
Join us for the Middle James Roundtable 2017 Annual Meeting! The meeting will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017, at Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233. This year’s agenda focuses on engaging our communities. Click here to see the draft agenda updated on Sep 29.
Attendance is open to any organization, government agency, or citizen who has an interest in the health or well-being of the Middle James River.
Register Now! Registration includes coffee, lunch and refreshments and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration closes October 13.
If you have questions about the event or how to register, please contact Lindy Durham at email@example.com or 804-501-5175.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Middle James Roundtable. We look forward to seeing you on October 23!
Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
Rain Garden and Conservation Landscaping Installation Request for Bid
The Alliance is a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead, support, and inspire local action to restore and protect the land and waters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Alliance brings together the skills and passion of citizens, watershed groups, businesses, and governments to build collaborative solutions and creative programs and build a strong commitment to stewardship that benefits the land, waters, and residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The Alliance has received funding from the Altria Group to install green infrastructure practices throughout Richmond, specifically focusing on Manchester, Church Hill and Scotts Addition. The Alliance has partnered with the Neighborhood Resources Center in Fulton Hill to install a rain garden as part of their outdoor area. The Neighborhood Resources Center is a hub for the community and is actively growing food on site. The rain garden installed will treat stormwater from the adjacent black top play area and be incorporated into their existing edible gardens. We anticipate completing construction of the garden in early spring to ensure the edible gardens are available for use for spring and summer planting. Planting will occur with the help of neighborhood volunteers.
The Alliance is seeking a contractor to install two 150 square foot rain gardens connected by a conveyance channel at the Neighborhood Resources Center (NRC). The project will treat 3,420 square feet of impervious surface in a vegetated area between the black top and alley. Scope of Work:
• Design two rain gardens to capture 3,420 square feet of impervious surface in between edible gardens and one conservation landscaping, based on attached site plan.
• Install rain gardens to a depth of 30 inches and conveyance channel in the Spring of 2017, working with the Alliance and NRC staff.
• The contractor will be responsible for sourcing any equipment needed to install the rain gardens.
• Neighborhood community volunteers will come out to plant the garden in April 2017, please do not include labor in estimate.
• The contractor and the Alliance will work together to source plants, soil media, mulch and river rock, estimated prices should be included in the bid.
Submit your bid to Liz Chudoba at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on February 22, 2017.
Please include a detailed narrative that addresses the following:
• You/your company’s cost estimate to complete the project detailed in this RFB.
• You/your company’s experience with and knowledge of relevant stormwater management practices and green infrastructure practices.
• You/your company’s ability to carry out the responsibilities listing in this Request for Bids.
• You/your company’s ability to carry out the installation of suggested practices.
• Please include photos of similar projects previously completed by your company.
For the full Request for Bid click: NRC Request for Bid
Part-Time Program Assistant
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, is seeking an energetic and creative person to assist with implementation of our RiverTrends and RiverWise Education programs. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was founded in 1971. Since its beginning, the Alliance has been in the forefront of restoration efforts in the watershed. The Alliance’s core mission is to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers by building partnerships, engaging communities to find collaborative solutions, and connecting people to the Bay and its rivers. The Alliance also leads a wide array of on-the-ground restoration projects.
The Program Assistant will need to be an enthusiastic and independent worker, with skills in water quality monitoring and education and outreach. This part time position is for 20 hours/week at a rate of $18.00-20.00/hour and will include prorated leave for holiday, sick and vacation time. We envision transitioning this position to full-time within the next six to nine months, if not sooner. Major activities and responsibilities of this position are as follows:
Assisting with RiverWise Education Program implementation:
Assist with development of green infrastructure plan for school campus
Work with school teachers to integrate stormwater management into science curriculum
Develop hands on education events at school to teach children about installing and maintaining stormwater practices
Work with partners to integrate curriculum into Green Team activities as students prepare for transition to high school
Develop training workshop for teachers
Develop pre- and post-education survey for students
Tracking and reporting for RiverTrends grants
Recruit volunteers for participation in program
Coordinate and lead volunteer trainings
Ordering/Maintaining supplies for volunteers
Collecting and reviewing water quality data submitted by volunteers
Developing report cards
Assisting with general office needs/activities
Participate in VA Office staff meetings and bi-weekly staff calls
Participate in local meetings such as Middle James Roundtable, James River Advisory Council, etc…
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in natural resource management, watershed management, environmental science, or similar field of study preferred
Knowledge of water quality monitoring parameters and techniques
Knowledge of trees and plants native to Virginia and knowledge of basic landscaping principles
Excellent outreach and communication and presentation skills
Experience teaching or conducting presentations
Proficient in MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and WordPress
Closing date: December 15, 2016
To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Liz Chudoba at email@example.com and include Program Assistance in the Virginia Office in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
Green Infrastructure Design Study Contractor
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, is seeking a contractor to develop a green infrastructure design study for Binford Middle School, located at 1701 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. This design study should indicate current stormwater conditions and propose green infrastructure practices that will mitigate stormwater pollution while enhancing the beauty and function of the school with an arts integration-based curriculum.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay successfully piloted the Chesapeake RiverWise Education Program in Binford Middle School over the 2015/2016 school year. This program included integrating stormwater management education into the school curriculum and the installation of two green infrastructure practices, a rain garden and conservation landscaping at the school. Binford wishes to continue expanding upon the stormwater and green infrastructure work at the school to transform the campus into a green and sustainable learning environment. The Alliance has received grants from Altria and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to continue this effort by developing a master plan for installing green infrastructure practices at Binford, in the hopes of mitigating a significant portion of the stormwater runoff from the school and reducing the school’s stormwater utility fee. The funding from Altria will support development of a comprehensive green infrastructure plan design study that incorporates concepts such as a green roof, reducing impervious surfaces, using permeable pavement technology, etc., resulting in a master plan that will guide implementation. Funding from NFWF will support implementation of practices based on the final master plan.
We anticipate the plan to be completed in early 2017, in order to start implementation throughout 2017.
Applications are due to Liz Chudoba, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday December 9, 2016.
Posted 1 year, 6 months ago
Reduce Your Stormwater by using the Alliance’s Yard Design Tool!
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is happy to announce the Yard Design Tool through our Reduce Your Stormwater website is up and running!
What is this you ask? It is an online interactive tool that steps homeowners through siting and designing Rain Gardens and Conservation Landscaping on their property. Once the tool is filled out online, a final report is emailed to each homeowner including all the necessary details to buy the materials and step by step instructions to install the garden. We have partnered with local Nurseries to provide the materials, plants, and delivery for each project.
The best part is the Alliance will pay up to 80% of the cost to eligible homeowners! Any homeowner in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed can use the site to design their yard, however, only homeowners in the Middle James River Watershed (VA) or the Yellow Breaches Watershed (PA) are eligible for cost-share funds (specific Counties listed in the tool). Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
You can check out the tool at the following link: http://www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/yard-design
Posted 1 year, 9 months ago
Handy Bandy Clean-up Day!
Come join us for the annual Friends of Bandy Field work day! The Alliance is partnering with Friends of Bandy Field to clean up this wonderful park in the West End of Richmond. We will be cutting vines that harm trees, cleaning up debris, and other odd jobs around the park.
We will meet at the entrance to Bandy Field at 9am. If interest in volunteering please sign up through the Hands On website.
Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves in you have them.
To volunteer for this opportunity, please sign up through the Hands On RVA website : Handy Bandy Day
Posted 1 year, 11 months ago
RiverWise Communities Workshop
The Chesapeake RiverWise Communities program’s mission is to educate communities about the importance of controlling stormwater, the benefit focusing native plants, and how to encourage residents to make informed decisions about how they manage their property to minimize harmful impacts to local waterways. The purpose of this workshop is to provide local-governments or watershed organizations with technical information on BMP selection, placement and specifications, but also hands-on resources they can use to change local behavior and improve habitat and water quality through urban stormwater cost-share programs. This workshop is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership.
The workshop will review the RiverWise Communities Program manual, which provides the essential tools to set up an urban cost-share program. Included will be an on-site RiverWise site assessment to demonstrate proper siting and placement of BMPs. The training will also cover installation and maintenance techniques for common residential scale BMPs.
Further, local watershed groups need to be connected with their localities in order to relay the information about these BMPs to the locality for credit. The SMART tool was developed and piloted in Maryland, through the Maryland Sea Grant and Alliance is working to bring this tool to Virginia. This tool will provide the method from homeowners to report their stormwater BMPs to the localities, who will verify the installation to receive the reduction credits. To learn more, check out the Agenda or visit the Chesapeake Stormwater Network website RiverWise Communities Workshop.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is geared towards localities in Virginia, non-profits, local governments or any other watershed group that may be already doing a cost-share program or interested in starting one.
This workshop is offered free of charge but advance registration is required because space is limited. To register, email Liz Chudoba at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, email@example.com.
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