These days, it’s easy to stay up to date on the topics that are most important to you. Twitter is a great tool to keep track of news and other happenings on any subject you care about.
For those of you who are not familiar with Twitter, do not be alarmed – it’s not as scary as it seems! Twitter allows anyone – people, groups, news organizations, non-profits and more – to post information and links in 140 characters or less. When you “follow” someone else’s Twitter account, their posts will show up in your “feed” in real-time.
For example, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Twitter account (@chesbayprogram) looks like this:
There are lots of people and organizations using Twitter to provide information about the Chesapeake Bay. Here are our suggestions for Bay-related Twitter accounts to follow!
1. @chesapeakebay: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Twitter account.
2. @baytrust: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Twitter account.
3. @choosecleanh2o: More than 160 organizations working to clean rivers and streams flowing to the Chesapeake Bay, covering Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
4. @AllianceForBay: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay engages others to develop collaborative solutions to improve, preserve, and protect the Chesapeake Bay and its resources. (added 7/27)
5. @ChesapeakeNet: Chesapeake Network works to connect & talk with people about the Chesapeake Bay and how to protect it. (added 7/27)
6. @AccessDNR: Your guide to everything Natural Resources in Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay.
7. @eyesonthebay: Maryland Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays water quality information from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. (added 7/26)
8. @GreenMaryland: The state of Maryland’s Smart, Green & Growing Twitter account.
9. @SmithsonianEnv: Home of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake. Proudly sharing all the green news coming out of the Smithsonian.
10. @NWFMidAtlantic: The National Wildlife Federation's Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center, bringing NWF's mission to life in the Chesapeake Bay region.
11. @BaltSunGreen: Chesapeake Bay and Maryland environment news from Baltimore Sun staff.
12. @pwoodreporter: Environment and Chesapeake Bay reporter for the Annapolis Capital in Maryland.
13. @DPDeadrise: Twitter account for Cory Nealon, environment and Chesapeake Bay reporter for the Newport News Daily Press in Virginia.
14. @PotomacRiver: Stopping pollution and restoring clean water in the Potomac River, Shenandoah River and their tributaries through community engagement and enforcement.
17. @JRAvirginia: Showing you how to enjoy and protect the James River, a natural treasure linking more than one-third of Virginians to the Chesapeake Bay.
18. @ctrumb: Twitter account for Chris Trumbauer, the West/Rhode Riverkeeper.
19. @GreenVACapitol: A project to green Virginia’s state Capitol and reduce polluted runoff to the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.
20. @CacaponInst: From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, the Cacapon Institute protects rivers and watersheds using science and education.
21. @BlueWaterBmore: Blue Water Baltimore uses community-based restoration, education, and advocacy to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams, and harbor. (added 7/26)
22. @AnacostiaRrkper: The mission of Anacostia Riverkeeper is to protect and restore the Anacostia River for all who, live, work, and play in its watershed. (added 7/26)
23. @Growsomegood: Encouraging D.C., Baltimore, Richmond and Hampton Roads residents to plant more plants to reduce stormwater runoff and improve the Chesapeake Bay’s health.
24. @rolandpknative: Dedicated to promoting the use of native plants in Baltimore landscapes.
25. @dclawngarden: Tweets from an award-winning environmental writer and photographer about environmentally friendly landscaping in the Washington, D.C., region.
Did we forget anyone important? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a tweet at @chesbayprogram!
The Chesapeake Executive Council announced progress toward Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones, discussed plans for meeting requirements of the Bay “pollution diet,” and encouraged individual Bay stewardship at its annual meeting on July 11 in Richmond, Virginia.
Executive Council members in attendance included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Executive Council Chair Lisa Jackson; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett; District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray; Chesapeake Bay Commission Chair Sen. Michael Brubaker; U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan; and representatives from Delaware, New York and West Virginia.
Chesapeake Bay Program partners are currently working toward short-term pollution reduction goals called milestones. All seven Bay jurisdictions are currently on-track or ahead of schedule in meeting these milestones. The deadline for the current set of two-year milestones is December 31, 2011.
Executive Council members also talked about their watershed implementation plans (WIPs), local restoration plans that show how each jurisdiction will meet pollution reductions required by the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The jurisdictions are now in the second phase of developing their draft plans, which are due at the end of 2011.
Additionally, the Bay Program’s three advisory committees – Citizens, Local Government, and Scientific and Technical – presented to the Executive Council about Bay restoration activities from their unique areas of expertise.
The 2011 Executive Council meeting was held at the Maymont Foundation, located on the James River in Richmond. Executive Council members spent part of the afternoon touring exhibits on topics such as native plants, Bay-friendly lawn care, and soil health and testing. The location was chosen to highlight the meeting’s “Get Grounded in Tour Watershed” theme, which stresses the importance of connecting people with their local waterways. Through its Nature Center and educational programs, Maymont offers local residents a place to learn about and connect with Virginia’s environment.
"The focus of our discussions today was on empowering every citizen in the Bay watershed to be part of restoring these important waters,” said Jackson. “The actions of federal, state and local governments are just the beginning of revitalizing the Bay. We are also counting on the partnership of millions of people who live in this region to join in protecting the waters that support their health, their environment and their economy."
The Executive Council sets the policy agenda for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Visit our Chesapeake Executive Council page for more information.
Nicholas DiPasquale has been chosen as the new director of the Chesapeake Bay Program.
DiPasquale served as secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control from 1999-2002. He also served as deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as director of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center.
Most recently, DiPasquale served as a senior consultant with Duffield Associates in Wilmington, Del., providing services and advice regarding regulatory issues, permitting and ecological restoration.
“Restoring our nation’s largest estuary presents an enormous challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity,” DiPasquale said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the states, local governments and all stakeholders in protecting the Bay, as well as local waterways throughout the watershed.”
DiPasquale graduated from the state University of New York and Washington University in St. Louis. He begins his position with the Chesapeake Bay Program in August.
“Nick has the leadership skills, experience and commitment we need to build on our progress in restoring and protecting one of our great natural treasures.” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin in making the announcement. “His expertise will serve us and our partners well as we accelerate efforts to safeguard the Chesapeake Bay and its living resources.”
Walking my two high-spirited Boykin Spaniels, Rosebud and Daisy, has special meaning to me. I have become the self-appointed advocate for picking up pet waste in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Many call me the “queen of poop” (with a chuckle); it’s a title of distinction, as far as I’m concerned! But you might wonder how I earned that title and why I think it is a good thing? (My parents certainly do!)
I encourage everybody to walk with their four-legged friends. It’s good for both your health and your dog’s. Many popular routes in Anne Arundel County now have pet waste stations to encourage you to pick up your dog’s poop. Picking up pet waste is critical to achieving a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Pet waste can be carried by rainwater and groundwater to the Chesapeake Bay, where it becomes harmful pollution.
I developed an interactive web site called Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Pet Walks, which maps the locations of pet waste stations in the area. You can even visit the website from your mobile device while you’re out walking your dog to find the nearest pet waste station.
If you know of a pet waste station that isn’t included on the map, or if you’d like to learn how to set up a pet waste program in your community, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, please take a walk with your dog today. And remember: POOP HAPPENS…Deal with it!