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 energy systems operating on several private farms in the Chesapeake Bay region. Over the course of four years, thermal manure-based energy systems were developed and installed on five farms,and each was assessed for its technical, environmental, and financial performance. Read the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative Final Report.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Downstream produced a short documentary highlighting CBF’s“Farmers to the Bay” initiative.The video features hands-on Bay exploration, education, and discovery, but the real focus is on upstream Shenandoah Valley farmers engaging with downstream Tangier watermen, whose livelihoods depend on clean water and a productive Chesapeake Bay.
Piedmont Environmental Council: Speaking Up for the Piedmont
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy,
natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a nine county Piedmont region that includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.
This latest video from The Downstream Project provides a look at PECs work, from the perspective of the citizens that they work with — farmers, teachers, parents, and conservationists. We hope you’ll get involved! Find out more about PEC at www.pecva.org.
Bobby Whitescarver: Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC
A widely known and highly respected natural resources management consultant needed a Website to showcase his professional services and to maintain contact with his followers. Downstream built his new Blogsite around a series of new video segments highlighting his field expertise and knowledge.
CSpoutRun: Spout Run Restoration
The ultimate goal of this project is the successful implementation of a comprehensive plan to remove Spout Run from Virginia impaired waters list. The objective is to use innovative OmniMedia communication tools as well as conventional approaches to: 1) Develop a locally supported management plan for the Spout Run watershed; and 2) Inform and inspire successful watershed planning processes in other Shenandoah Valley communities.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Our Gaining Ground project focuses on soil conservation and reducing agricultural runoff. Featuring two fifteen-minute videos and a new Website, Gaining Ground ultimately received financial support from six regional partners to distribute 6,000 DVDs throughout Virginia and parts of the United States and Europe.
Streamside Livestock Exclusion
A raft of OmniMedia resources on the subject of livestock exclusion initiatives designed to preserve freshwater resources and support livestock agriculture.
Includes the video Everybody Wins! featuring field interviews with farmers, landowners, and agriculture professionals explaining the ecological and economic benefits of excluding livestock from streams, ponds, and rivers.
Shenandoah: Voices of the River
Nearly two years in the making, this 52-minute documentary film examines the history, ecology, and beauty of this treasured natural resource—and the potentially devastating impacts on its future. With TDP founder George Ohrstrom as Executive Producer, and just one of many passionate “voices” to tell her story, “Shenandoah” comes to life through the masterful lens of Downstream’s cameraman George Patterson and crew.
Students and faculty from Shenandoah University joined The Downstream Project field crew as mountains, trails, and the Shenandoah River become our classroom. Along the way we involved other professors and experts from a wide range of fields and used the latest OmniMedia tools and techniques to chronicle our adventures in “real time”.