Chesapeake Bay Week Films Feature Local Waterkeepers

Immerse yourself in the history, science and culture of our nation’s largest estuary as part of Maryland Public Television’s 18th annual Chesapeake Bay Week April 17 – 23, 2022. Check out the Chesapeake Bay Week listings. On Wednesday, April 20 several local Waterkeepers are featured in films (see below). A film on our good friend Chris Hopkinson’s 2020 solo paddle down the Bay is scheduled on Tuesday, April 19 at 9:00pm.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a proud sponsor of the Chesapeake Bay Week.

Wednesday, April 20

8:30pm: NEW Troubled Tributary: Maryland’s Patuxent River 

Troubled Tributary: Maryland’s Patuxent River

The Patuxent River is the longest river in Maryland and a crucial tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Despite the central role the river has played in the history of the Bay’s environmental movement and abundant conservation resources funneled to it over the years, the Patuxent remains a polluted river. Its riverkeeper, Fred Tutman, claims minority communities are disproportionately affected by poor water quality, and believes that environmental injustice exists along its banks.

9pm: A Voice for the Rivers

Once havens of beauty and abundance, today the rivers and creeks of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are suffering. Water quality is poor. Excess nutrients from pollution create algal growth, which chokes out light, oxygen, underwater grasses and estuarine life. A Voice for the Rivers is a half-hour documentary profiling four Riverkeepers: dedicated scientists, environmental activists, educators, volunteers, and advocates who work daily to protect and restore the rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

9:30pm: Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

More than six million people live in the Potomac watershed. Whether they know it or not, some of the very infrastructure that supports their modern lifestyles is poisoning the Potomac River. It is the mission of three Riverkeepers to patrol the Potomac and do what they must to protect it.