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SAV Olympics: Foreign embassies seek laurels for growing grasses for Bay

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Blair Blanchette was halfway through her demonstration on growing underwater grasses indoors when she stopped midsentence, assessing her audience.

“I’m getting faces from everyone that say, ‘This isn’t gonna work,’” said Blanchette, the Virginia grass-roots coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “But we’ve had 2,500 participants in this program, and they’ve all grown grasses.”

She didn’t dwell on the fact that most of those participants over the program’s 17-year history have been school-age children who are used to such science projects — not diplomats representing their countries at embassies in Washington, DC. But, an organizer from the U.S. State Department was quick to point out, there will be prizes for the embassies that grow the tallest and densest grasses come June.

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From individual actions, to our collective impact as a society, we can influence the environment in positive or negative ways. Many individuals lead through example, by altering their everyday habits to reduce their impact or by volunteering to clean up and restore local streams and ecosystems.

But the cumulative impacts of the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed poses an ongoing threat to the Bay and its tributaries.

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