Earth Day: Beyond Good Intentions

It's Earth Day! I don't know what it's doing in your neck of the woods, but here in Annapolis we've got April showers. Great for growing things, but if you watched the PBS documentary "Poisoned Waters" last night, you'll know it's also the cloud that holds the silver lining for the Chesapeake Bay. Why? Stormwater.

If you missed "Poisoned Waters" last night, you can view it online at or check your local PBS listings for a rerunning of the show. There's been a lot of discussion going on about the recent CNN story about the Bay and why, after all the funding seemingly dedicated to its cleanup, there are still so many problems. Frontline's Hedrick Smith does a great job of connecting the dots among the multitude of issues that affect the Bay's ecosystem.

The show closes with the following comment by Smith:

"Success is possible, but the lesson driven home to me again and again is that the key is public engagement."

But how do we get the public engaged? That's the million dollar question. For one thing, we need to "frame (the issues) in ways that correspond to what (the public) really care about," says Chris Miller, Piedmont Environmental Council, on "Poisoned Waters," such as traffic, taxes, quality of life.

A discussion on the Chesapeake Watershed Network yesterday broached the same topic. How do we get people informed and engaged to take action? One member brought to the group's attention a recent study, sponsored by the Herring Run Watershed Association and the Jones Falls Watershed Association, entitled "Upstream, Downstream: From Good Intentions to Cleaner Waters."

Most people want to make a difference. But how do we get people to make the connection between their personal day-to-day activities and the quality of their streams, rivers, and the Bay? How do we bridge the gap between good intentions and helpful actions?

So, that's my question for Earth Day. What are your ideas?

Farm Bill Funds Could Help the Bay -- But Action is Needed

HellerChesapeake Bay-area farmers who need help to incorporate methods of reducing nutrient pollution from their farms could get that help from the Federal Farm Bill. But it's not a done deal. Watch this story from WJZ-TV to see what's at stake, then join us in contacting your representatives in Congress to urge them to support the farm bill.

Expedition Susquehanna documentary will be part of PBS Chesapeake Bay Week

172290A documentary about last summer's Expedition Susquehanna was filmed in High-Definition by the PBS Scranton/Wilkes-Bar re region affiliate, WVIA.

“Expedition Susquehanna” will premiere on WVIA during PBS’s “Chesapeake Bay Week,” beginning April 19th.  As part of the premiere, the eleven students, Don Baugh, CBF Vice President of Education, Harry Campbell, CBF’s Pennsylvania Staff Scientist, and Cindy Dunn, Director of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), will all participate in a one-hour live call-in program called “State of Pennsylvania.”

“State of Pennsylvania” will air at 7:00 p.m., with the full-length premier of “Expedition Susquehanna” at 8:00 p.m.  “Expedition Susquehanna” will also air during Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week programming on Sunday, April 22nd at 5:00 p.m.  Additional stations and air times are contingent on local PBS schedules.

Working Food and Farmscapes

Hi Folks,

I sure hope we'll see you there. We need your support to bring all of these connections together!

Food For Life Balance Show
Working Food and Farmscapes

Foodies (or not) and friends will want to attend an Annapolis show
held midday Saturday, January 2007. The event links the connection of
food, cooking and the land in a beautiful presentation of photographs, music and cooking held at the Anne Arundal Medical Center/Wellness.

Food For Life Balance workshop serves as a template for giving this program nationally with key players involved. Rita Calvert is putting the final touches on the show/workshop to be given with the sponsorship of Whole Foods/Annapolis, Clagett Farm of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Wendy Child and the medical center.

Beautiful animated photos of the farm (mostly Clagett)and food (styled or simply growing naturally) enhance the 3 hour event which includes a luscious lunch, live cooking demo, Eat For the Seasons, "Kit in a Can" and background music from the local artist, Mark Schatz of Nickel Creek.

Food For Life Balance: The Connection

Ingenious Entertaining Menu

Surprise Snack
Sweet Pea Dip with Scoops
Meditarrnean Soup, w/“Floating Bruschetta”
Lacquer Glazed Salmon (or Chicken)
Parmesan Lace Filled Baskets
Sinfree Creme Caramel with Grand Marnier Glazed Fruit
Sweet Spiced Chai

Date: January 27, 2007 10:00-1:00 PM

Cost $50.00

Anne Arundel Medical Center/Wellness
Pat Sajak Pavillion/Conference Room

Please email
Reservations : 443 481-4000