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Donna Morelli

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper hangs it up for politics

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The Lower Susquehanna River is getting a new watchdog. Michael Helfrich, the first Riverkeeper for the bottom half of the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary, is leaving after 12 years, to pursue a career in politics.

Already a part-time York, PA, city councilman and president of the five-member municipal governing body, Helfrich is vacating his full-time Riverkeeper post on...

Growing partnerships with farmers key to restoring Octoraro watershed

The Chesapeake region is fortunate to have a variety of organizations that are interested in creating innovative partnerships to address local needs for clean water.

In 2016, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was awarded two grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to reduce nitrate pollution in the Octoraro watershed in Lancaster and Chester counties, PA, an...

Sojourns help to create the next wave of our waters keepers

A few weeks ago, one of our past “sojourn babies,” Kevin Rudisill, called our office to ask if I would discuss the Chesapeake Bay at an eighth-grade Earth Day assembly. I told him I’d be honored.

I hadn’t seen Kevin since the Alliance organized its last Susquehanna Sojourn in 2009. Then, he was an adorable, active boy with chubby cheeks who liked to hang out with the ground...

20 years of PA Sojourns-and counting

It has been more than 20 years since two friends sat around a campfire, intrigued by the cool, lush surroundings of the Susquehanna.

"The Chesapeake Bay seemed very far away to Pennsylvanians," said Cindy Adams Dunn. "How could we ask people to care about the Bay when they didn't know much about their own rivers?"

At that time, Dunn was the first Pennsylvania employee of the...

Not all ‘pretty’ streams are healthy streams

Picture this: A couple walks hand in hand in a community park, gazing at the picturesque stream meandering its way through banks that look like the cliffs of Dover.

Where some see eroded banks and begin to calculate the pounds of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus flowing downstream, the couple sees a beautiful park. It's green. It has water. It appears natural.

This is a scene...

About Donna Morelli

Donna Morelli is a staff writer for the Bay Journal based in Harrisburg. She's the former director of the Pennsylvania office of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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