Chesapeake Conversations: Celebrating Clean Water Policy

On Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm, join Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s – One Water Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Center for Progressive Reform, and WATERKEEPERS® Chesapeake for special presentations and panel discussion in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the Chesapeake’s most important “clean water policy”.

Come celebrate with us and learn all about the history of the Clean Water Act, what its future looks like, and an expert look at some of the Bay’s most important pieces of clean water legislation.

Together through film, presentations, and discussion, let’s learn about the 50 year legacy of the Clean Water Act, and what it means to be a faithful steward of the Chesapeake Bay!


Guest speakers and panelists from…

Ann Swanson – Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Ann Swanson has served as a leader in the Bay restoration for 39 years, the last 34 as the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative authority serving the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Commission’s leadership covers a full spectrum of Bay issues: from managing living resources and conserving land, to protecting water quality. Its goal then – and now – is to be a catalyst for the coordination and leadership of State legislative and policy action to restore the Bay watershed.

Betsy Nicholas – Executive Director, WATERKEEPERS® Chesapeake

Betsy Nicholas is the Executive Director of WATERKEEPERS®Chesapeake, the regional coalition of 18 Waterkeepers protecting the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Watersheds.

Since joining in 2012, Betsy has been a steadfast advocate for clean water and a healthy environment by supporting Waterkeeper organizations throughout the Chesapeake and coastal regions as they protect their communities, rivers, and streams from pollution. Previously, Betsy worked as a trial attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of U.S. Department of Justice and General Counsel at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Katlyn Schmitt – Political Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform

Katlyn Schmitt, J.D., is a CPR Policy Analyst. She joined CPR in 2020 to work on environmental policy, enforcement, and advocacy.

Before joining CPR, Mrs. Schmitt spent four years working as the Legal and Policy Director for Waterkeepers Chesapeake, where she provided legal assistance to Waterkeepers and advocated for legislative and regulatory priorities in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.