Welcome to my Chesapeake Bay Foundation Walk the Watershed page.
I grew up on the enjoying the Chesapeake Bay. I have seen it decline in water quality and aquatic life. Now, with the help of many people and organizations like the CBF the Bay is starting to recover. I pledge to get outside, walk the watershed, and spread the Save the Bay message every step of the way!
Over the next few weeks, I hope to raise awareness and vital funding for CBF and their mission to save the Bay. They work to improve the wellbeing of the 18 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals throughout the watershed.
CBF is funded mostly by individual donors like you and me. Donations large and small help support CBF's on-the-water field experiences for students and teachers, tree plantings, oyster restoration, advocacy for stronger laws protecting the Bay, and litigation against polluters when necessary.
I hope you will support these efforts by donating to my page or by joining our team.
Every gift makes a difference!
- $25 can plant five native trees as a streamside buffer.
- $50 can grow 5,000 native oysters.
- $140 can send two students for a day of learning in and around the Bay.
- $500 can build 10 reef balls which are effective and safe artificial homes for oysters.
Please donate on my page today and help me meet my fundraising goal and help CBF Save the Bay!
Bay Bums (Michael, Brett, Brennan, Kasey, Sydney,
Corissa, Michelle, & Rob)
My Personal Blog
Where it all started
When I was a small child my family and extended family went to Chick's Beach in the Summer to enjoy the water and each others company. We saw the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel being built as we played in the water and relaxed on the beach. As a young adult I lived there and enjoyed the small, intimate, community. Most people knew each other and we socialized together on the beach and at each others homes frequently. Each Summer the residents celebrated and some participated in the Low Rent Regatta.
Yesterday my team mate and daughter rode our bicycles from Chick's beach to the Lynnhaven inlet. I went to the spot where as a child my family would go to fish and crab. I was happy to see many people fishing and recreating on the water. We then rode our bikes over the new Lesner bridge and stopped at one of many restaurants on the inlet for drinks.
The weather was perfect. We saw puppy drum swimming under the dock. It was wonderful to see and enjoy the healthy, vibrant, Lynnhaven river, a tributary to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. It makes me feel good to be a small part of the recovery.
by Rob White on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 @ 8:06 AM
The Sun Shines Again
The last two times I've been to the Atlantic it was windy, cloudy, and chilly. Memorial Day started that way on the ocean. I woke up from a mid-day nap to sunshine! I decided to go out an log some miles for CBF's Walk The Watershed.
I went to a favorite spot on the Intercostal Waterway where the Elizabeth River and the Albemarle Canal meet. The walking path is cushioned by pine needles and heads East along the canal, with views of boats tide up on the side of the canal. The path makes a U-turn and heads West along a Elizabeth River marsh.
It was a beautiful afternoon and I enjoyed the sunshine, water, and marsh. I learned how important tidal wetlands are as a kid growing-up on the Elizabeth River and exploring the marsh. They not only are the home for many forms of life, but an important river buffer and water filter.
by Rob White on Mon, May 25, 2020 @ 8:56 PM
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Gems Week of May 10
This week I have been fortunate to take walks with my sister and my daughter and alone in some Chesapeake Bay watershed gems.
My sister took me to a Girl Scout park that is on the Elizabeth River. It has paths over the river and through a wooded park with shelters and exercise equipment place through out the walking course.
My daughter and team mate walked through my favorite park, First Landing State park. We took our walk in the late afternoon through woods and cypress swamp paths. The golden afternoon sun shone through the heavy leaf canopy creating dappled sunlight.
Searching for places to walk along tributaries the feed the Bay I found the Chesapeake Arboretum Trail in the heart of suburbia. It has a heavily wooded trial that borders a creek. There are many benches upon which one can sit and tree identification placards. It's a delightful trail in which one can commune with nature in the midst of suburban homes.
I'm looking forward to discovering or revisiting places next week!
by Rob White on Sat, May 16, 2020 @ 1:41 PM
Walking in suburban park
Today I went for a walk around a small pond in a suburban neighborhood in Chesapeake, VA. It is a typical suburban park with a playground, a picnic shelter, and field. I picked this park because it had a pond that empties into the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, VA.
While walking I saw a Cormorant, a box turtle, and a small fledgling bird that quickly took cover when I approached. I also saw an a lot of plastic bottles around or in the pond. The next time I walk around this pond I'll bring a trash bag to pick-up trash.
The excitement of wildlife and beauty of plants is all around us. Take time to enjoy it on a walk where you live.
by Rob White on Mon, May 11, 2020 @ 8:22 PM