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NRCS Celebrates 25 Years of Preserving Farms and Wetlands
Press Release (Conservation Lands)  June 15, 2018

Maryland celebrated a milestone as it marked the 25th anniversary of conservation easements, celebrating the power of partnerships in protecting and restoring critical landscapes for wildlife and water quality improvement.


Mt. Olivet Cemetery rain garden dedication
Video (Partnerships)  May 22, 2018

Created by the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, this video highlighting the Mt. Olivet rain garden dedication features interviews with Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek and Cardinal Donald Wuerl.


Historic Catholic Church Cemetery Employs Green Infrastructure to Address Stormwater Pollution
Conservancy Talk (Partnerships)  May 14, 2018

Smart government policies, dynamic partnerships, and nature-based solutions provided a winning recipe to address stormwater pollution at DC's historic Mt. Olivet cemetery. In his latest blog, Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek addresses the next challenge - bringing this model to scale..


DC cemetery uses science to fight pollution
WTOP (Partnerships)  May 7, 2018

The historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in Northeast D.C. is taking a unique approach to addressing pollution. For the first time, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is partnering with the Nature Conservancy to create rain gardens to retain stormwater and combat runoff pollution.


Cardinal blesses Mount Olivet green infrastructure project designed to ‘protect God’s magnificent creation’
Catholic Standard (Partnerships)  May 7, 2018

Coverage of the dedication ceremony at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in which Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessed the green infrastructure installed by The Nature Conservancy, and CEO Mark Tercek delivered remarks.


Cardinal Donald Wuerl joins Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek and guests at historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery for dedication and blessing of new stormwater gardens
Press Release (Clean Water)  May 7, 2018

This green infrastructure project located in the 85-acre cemetery is thought to be the first collaboration of its kind between an environmental conservation organization and the Catholic Church to address the challenge of urban stormwater pollution.


Montgomery Week in Review
Video (Land Conservation)  May 4, 2018

Ecologist Deborah Landau appeared on the weekly panel show to discuss The Nature Conservancy and why we are bringing fire back to local ecosystems.  Skip to 8:00 to see the beginning of Deborah’s segment.


Maryland orders Exelon to shoulder Conowingo pollution reductions
Bay Journal (Chesapeake Bay) April 27, 2018

Chesapeake Bay program director Mark Bryer was interviewed by The Bay Journal about the order handed down by the Hogan administration that the Exelon corporation meet certain environmental requirements to receive a new operating license.


The Nature Conservancy and Lowe’s team up to build school garden at DC’s Seaton Elementary School
Press Release (Partnerships) April 27, 2018

On April 27th, students and teachers from Seaton Elementary School joined 30 volunteers from Lowe’s, staff from The Nature Conservancy and local partner City Blossoms, for a fun workday to revitalize an old 7,000 square foot garden in one of the most diverse schools in DC. 


Maryland hosts first-ever state of the coast conference
Calvert Beacon (Coastal Resilience) April 22, 2018

Maryland/DC chapter Executive Director Tim Purinton will be among the speakers at this event focusing on healthy ecosystems, resilient communities and vibrant economies.


‘Forgotten’ Nassawango returns to its natural state
Bay Journal (Conservation Lands) April 20, 2018

Writer Rona Kobell explores Nassawango Creek, calling a paddle along the Pocomoke's largest tributary, "a journey begging to be taken."  The Nassawango Creek Preserve has been protected by The Nature Conservancy since 1979.


Newly formed Mid-Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Association unites local farmers, agriculture industry, and conservation organizations to work for clean water and healthy soil
Press Release (Partnerships) April 13, 2018

Mid-Atlantic 4R will advance the groups’ existing missions of achieving cleaner waterways and healthy soils on farms while also improving farmers’ bottom lines by keeping applied nutrients on fields to grow crops and preventing nutrients from leaving the field into our waterways.


March for Science preview
Montgomery Week in Review (Science) April 13, 2018

Maryland/DC Director of Marketing Sev Smith appeared on panel to preview this year’s March for Science.


Amusing Monday: Film students find creatively in eco-comedy videos
Kitsap Sun (Community) March 26, 2018

Coverage of the annual Eco-Comedy Film Competition co-presented by The Nature Conservancy through the DC Environmental Film Festival with links to winning films.


Opinion: Investments in conservation are crucial for Maryland's future
Capital Gazette (Lands and Waters) March 8, 2018

Tim Purinton, Maryland/DC chapter Executive Director, writes in this op/ed that fully funding critical conservation programs like the Bay Restoration Fund and Program Open Space will pay dividends to Marylanders for years to come.


Investing in Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure: Building Better Along Our Coasts
Sustainability (Coastal Resilience) February 15, 2018

A paper co-authored by MD/DC Science Director Arianna Sutton Grier appeared in the journal “Sustainability” examining the need to update existing coastline-protecting infrastructure and how natural-based solutions can be incorporated into that planning.


Navy, State of Maryland and Nonprofits Partner to Conserve Land in Dorchester County
Press Release (Land Conservation) February 12, 2018

A partnership between the U.S. Navy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Conservancy has led to the permanent protection of 230 acres on a family-owned farm in Dorchester County, Maryland.  The farm links protected areas to create a 7,730-acre corridor of conserved lands.


Historic DC cemetery digs up pavement to curb stormwater pollution
Bay Journal (Clean Water) February 8, 2018

$1.7 million project came about as Mount Olivet sought ways to reduce rising fees to manage runoff.


Massive project restores Pocomoke River wetlands
WMDT/ABC47 (Chesapeake Bay) January 24, 2018

A Delmarva ABC affiliate visited the site of the Pocomoke floodplain restoration project with the Conservancy's Mike Dryden and Maryland DNR’s Erin McLaughlin for a TV news segment about the project. 


Opinion: Exelon must upgrade Conowingo dam
The Baltimore Sun (Chesapeake Bay) January 11, 2018

Pollution from sediment is just one of the impacts that needs to be addressed to bring Conowingo Dam into the 21st century. Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy's Chesapeake Bay Program Director, writes about the need to naturalize how water flows from Conowingo for the benefit of downstream habitat.


Massive project aims to fix Pocomoke River, bring back swampland
Nature (Climate Change) January 9, 2018

This article and accompanying video highlights The Nature Conservancy's along along the Pocomoke River, restoring thousands of acres of floodplain along a 9-mile stretch of the river.


Climate scientists unlock secrets of ‘blue carbon’
Delmarva Now (Chesapeake Bay) January 11, 2018

Recent research indicates that coastal wetlands play a critical role in sinking and storing blue carbon. MD/DC Director of Science Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier took part in this study.


New study finds Exelon able to make significant contributions to mitigate environmental impacts of Conowingo Dam while remaining profitable
Press Release (Clean Water) December 5, 2017

A new study commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) shows Exelon Generation Company can mitigate a substantial portion of environmental impacts caused by its Conowingo Dam operation, while continuing to make a healthy profit.

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