Fall 2022 ENews

Clean Water Act Turns 50 on October 18!

The countdown begins for the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act on October 18. What do you have planned? Waterkeepers across the region are gearing up for a host of events and activities to honor the Act that provides the foundation for their work protecting and restoring local waterways and improving the health of their communities. October is full of everything from river cleanups, community celebrations, release of videos, stories, reports, blogs, op eds, a community advocacy toolkit, and much more. Check out the events already posted on the CWA50.org website. You, too, can share your clean water stories and events! Stay up to date by following #CWA50 and #CleanWaterAct50 on social media!

Upstream, Downriver Premiers on Sept. 29

American University’s Centers for Environmental Policy and Environmental Filmmaking, American Rivers and Clean Water for All are hosting a full-day symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act that includes panel discussions as well as the premier of the new documentary film Upstream, Downriver. Featured speakers include Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman, Navis Bermudez, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, Shannon Wheeler, Vice Chair of the Nez Perce Tribe and our own Betsy Nicholas! REGISTER HERE.


Stop Sen. Manchin’s Dirty Deal

URGENT ACTION! Sen. Manchin from West Virginia made a dirty deal with the fossil fuels industry and is trying to ram through his bill that will gut the bedrock protections in the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act by streamlining approval of dangerous fossil fuel projects — especially the Mountain Valley Pipeline. This bill must not pass. Take action TODAY and send a letter to your Congressional representatives. If you live in Virginia, thank Senators Kaine and Warner for introducing the Pipeline Fairness, Transparency, and Responsible Development Act to counter Manchin’s dirty deal.


To protect and restore the local waterways and safeguard public health in the Chesapeake Bay region, participation in our democracy is critical. Check your voter registration status or register to vote today at www.vote411.org. Local voter registration deadlines: DE Oct 15, VA Oct 17, MD, WV & DC Oct 18, and PA Oct 24. #VoteForCleanWater

In Defense of Water on November 16

On Wednesday, November 16, Waterkeepers Chesapeake will gather at the beautiful Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland for our 6th Annual In Defense of Water Awards and Reception. We’ll celebrate our clean water successes and honor our Waterkeepers and community members for their outstanding achievements in advancing water and climate justice with the presentation of our annual Water Warrior Award and Waterkeeper Outstanding Win (WOW) Award.

This year is special, and we want you to join us and share the excitement. The Clean Water Act turns 50 years old; and as Waterkeepers, we are on the front lines defending our precious resources, enforcing this critical legislation, and demanding equal justice and access to clean water. Even 50 years after its signing, our work putting this revolutionary law into action is more important than ever. And we can’t do it without your support. Learn about sponsorships and buy tickets here.

Final “Water is Life” Open Mic Night on October 19

Mark your calendar for the final “Water is Life” Open Mic Night on Wednesday, October 19 at Busboys and Poets 14 & V location with host Carlynn Newhouse. Our special series of open mic nights started in May as part of our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. We’ve heard poems and stories from communities that are still experiencing environmental injustices, as well as poems and stories that speak to the spiritual, healing and fun times humans have with water.

Buy your ticket today!

WKC Blogs & News

‘State of the Chesapeake Bay’ Report Shows Lack of Enforcement in Maryland Led to Significant Increase in Pollution

The Supreme Court Gutted the EPA. Now What?

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Supports Ensuring Equitable Access to Courts in Virginia

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Urges EPA to Fully Restore State, Tribal, and Community Rights Under the Clean Water Act’s Section 401

Waterkeeper Water Quality Monitoring Shows Increases in Pollution Due to Climate Change

New Plan in Place for Pollution Problems at Conowingo Dam, Bay Journal, Sept. 6, Karl Blankenship

With Increased Nutrient Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, Environmentalists Hope a New Law Will Cleanup Wastewater Treatment in Maryland, Inside Climate News, June 24, 2022, Aman Azhar

Md. Inaction Can’t Spur Dam Relicensing, DC Circ. Told, Law360.com, May 26, 2022, by Keith Goldberg

Welcome New Staff

We welcome Devora Kimelman-Block as our new Agriculture Policy Specialist and Alex Villazon as our Legal & Policy Fellow. Devora is a food business entrepreneur, agricultural supply chain specialist, and farm owner with a mission to support the adoption of regenerative agriculture. She is the Founder and CIO of KOL Foods – the only national purveyor of 100% grass-fed kosher beef and kosher heritage chicken. Alex, a native of Alexandria, VA, completed his law degree at the Howard University School of Law this year with a special focus on environmental law.

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You Can Make a Difference!

We have made it easier to find and report pollution — and to report the fun things you see and do on the river. Working with Chesapeake Commons, we developed the free Water Reporter App so you can send reports directly to your local Waterkeeper! Download it today!

Take Swim Guide with you – wherever you go! The free Swim Guide app makes it easy to know the water quality at your beach. Several of our Waterkeepers post water quality monitoring results every week — check it out before you head to your favorite river, bay or beach!

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