My family only owns a small plot of land in a sub-division in a small Virginia town, but fortunately in that small plot we own the stream that runs through it. I've lived in the Chesapeake watershed my whole life, first in Pennsylvania and then in Virginia, all while owning a sailboat on the Patuxent River where I've spent every summer sailing up and down the Bay, my favorite place on Earth.
Knowing that our stream eventually drains into the Chesapeake, I do my best to take care of this little trickling of water. I find myself cleaning up trash from the road and along the banks on a regular basis, knowing this is just a little effort but doing it anyways. A drop in the bucket eventually leads to a full bucket!
—Julia Newbold, Purcellville, Virginia
Do you have a story about the river, creek, or Bay in your backyard? Tell us about the waters in your life and why they matter! Our rivers, streams, and Bay inspire and renew us. But some are against cleaning up our waters and the Chesapeake Bay. They say we can't afford clean water. But, your stories can help us show them they are wrong. Why are your waters important to you? Tell us YOUR story!