by Alicia Pimental
July 14, 2011
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!
Chesapeake Bay-related organizations
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.
Reporters and news outlets
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.
Local rivers and watershed organizations
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)
Gardening and native plants
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!