Generating Collective Knowledge at the Potomac Open House

Anna Calderón, Nick An, Pheej Lauj (Pheng Lor), Lawren Caldwell, Sidney Anderson, and Lili Badri ·
6 September 2022

On a sunny Thursday in July, over 40 community members throughout the greater Frederick County in Maryland participated in the very first Potomac Watershed Open House.

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Group photo of the COAST Card team at Sideling Hill.

An Adventure Along the Potomac

Anna Calderón and Lawren Caldwell ·
8 July 2022

After attending the planning meeting for a community-engagement open house at Hood College, we set out on an adventure throughout the Upper Potomac. Traveling along the river, we visited several idyllic locations that play significant roles in the watershed’s ecosystem and function.

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An image of a wide and rocky white-water section of the Potomac, with the water rushing over and between jagged boulders.

Imagining a Participative Potomac: A Meeting at Hood College

Anna Calderón and Nick An ·
30 June 2022

This past Wednesday, on June 15th, we had the opportunity to take our first step in utilizing the COAST (Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation) Card framework on the Potomac watershed at Hood College in Frederick County.

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An image of a slide with the 6 panelists at the 2022 Chesapeake Community Research Symposium.

What's Missing, and Getting There: Diversity and the Chesapeake Bay

Lawren Caldwell and Pheej Lauj (Pheng Lor) ·
28 June 2022

In a large conference room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, a panelist asks, “How many of you have had a black co-worker in your lifetime?” The conference room is silent. A few hands start to slowly creep toward mid-air. Everyone scans the room.

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The cover of the 2021 Chesapeake Bay Report Card.

Your Not-So-Average "C+" 2021 Chesapeake & Watershed Report Card

Pheej Lauj (Pheng Lor) ·
14 June 2022
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The 2021 Chesapeake & Watershed Report Card highlights unique findings in water and ecosystem quality compared to previous years. This year’s report stresses the importance of expanding how we make sense of the overall bay and watershed health as we start to look at economic and environmental justice indicators, such as: income inequality, housing affordability, social vulnerability to hazardous events, and walkability to parks.

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A tall white marble and brown brick building that is the  Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Learning Commons Building, where the Chesapeake Studies Conference was held.

Solving "Wicked Problems" at the Chesapeake Studies Conference

Anna Calderón and Nick An ·
10 June 2022

This past week, on June 1st and 2nd, we had the pleasure of attending the Chesapeake Studies Conference put on by Salisbury University. Although the conference itself was small, with many of the speakers and attendees having known each other for quite some time, newcomers like us were met with open arms by this tight-knit Chesapeake scholar community.

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