Mending Moore’s Creek

  Moore’s Creek State Forest straddles a 2,300-acre expanse of rugged and scenic mountains in the Allegheny Highlands of Rockbridge County, Virginia. The forest was established in 2012 in part as a result of then-Governor Tim Kaine’s endeavor to place 400,000 acres of the Commonwealth into permanent conservation. Establishing the forest achieved a long-term goal […]

ID this bird?

Our executive director, Bill Howard, photographed this specimen outside our office in Berryville, Virginia as flew from a crepe myrtle and landed nearby. Leucistic or albino, grackle, grosbeak, or blackbird? The jury is still out. Can you identify it?      

3rd Annual Benefit Sporting Clay Shoot

The Downstream Project will be holding its 3rd Annual Benefit Sporting Clay Shoot to help raise funds for our support of conservation communications in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   Westerly Shooting Grounds <–Click for Directions Aldie, Virginia Coffee and Donuts starting at 10:00 am Shoot commences 10:30 am Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Prizes, luncheon, and refreshments $1,000 […]

Arcadia Arrives in Bermuda

Final dispatches 0100 on watch Making 7.5 knots partly cloudy, moonlit night. Search light off Bermuda clearly visible. Running lights from three boats converging on north end of the island and the finish line. Satellite email reports show a very competitive finish. Integrity and Gallant appear to have finished at about 0400. Must have been exciting. […]

Entering the Gulf Stream, Day 3

Day three of the Annapolis Bermuda Race, Arcadia enters the Gulf Stream. We got bogged down leaving the Bay as our steering linkage failed and required an emergency repair, but we overtook several boats during the night as we said goodbye to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and headed for the Gulf Stream.     […]

River Walk on the Farm: Boots and Binos

The Downstream Project will be co-sponsoring and capturing the “River Walk on the Farm” hosted by Bobby and Jeanne Whitescarver on their farm in Swoope, Virginia. The Downstream Crew will be videotaping this celebration event and documenting the many excellent presentations, in a feature-rich environment. Although the event is now full subscribed, we will be sharing […]

Squalls and Light Show, June 13

0900-1130 25 knot winds from the south west. Hit 14.5 on surfing the backside of one 10 footer. Incredible squall and light show last night courtesy of mother nature. Squalls started about 1200. Took a few breakers from the stern.  Thankful we took a northerly route, we have a feeling those to our south and west […]

A2B Ocean Race Countdown Has Begun!

As Tropical Storm Colin rolls up the east coast and blows out to sea, our final preparations are underway for the 20th running of the Annapolis-Bermuda Ocean Sailing Race. The official start is 1340 on Friday, June 10. The good ship Arcadia, my lifelong friend Lex Birney’s 51-foot Able Marine Apogee, is totally ready! Captain Lex […]

Manure-To-Energy Initiative (New Video)

Manure-to-energy systems on farms can deliver a number of economic benefits for farmers. They can also increase the amount of renewable energy in the United States and, if handled correctly, protect streams and rivers from the polluting effects of surplus nutrients. The Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative was launched in 2012 to demonstrate and objectively evaluate manure-based […]

Supreme Court ends challenge to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

Some milestones need to be celebrated and documented like the news in this Chesapeake Bay Foundation Press Release, February 29, 2016 Supreme Court Allows Chesapeake Bay Blueprint to Stand Farm Bureau Challenge without Merit (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case […]