In Defense of Water 2022

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.

We are very pleased and honored to present the 2022 Water Warrior Award to Maryland Attorney General Brian Froshand the 2022 Waterkeeper Outstanding Win (WOW) Award to Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Alice Volpitta. Both are extraordinary advocates for clean water for all of our communities.

For attendees, we have a special raffle! For all who make a donation to our call to action, you will be eligible to win a Patagonia 70 liter Black Hole bag — perfect for recreating on the water or traveling!

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.

As the premiere fundraiser for Waterkeepers Chesapeake, In Defense of Water raises much-needed funds to support our Waterkeepers and our Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Campaign (see With your investment, you’ll support the only organization that harnesses the grassroots power, legal expertise, and scientific know-how of our Waterkeepers to address regional threats to clean water.

Catering by Seasons will be offering locally-sourced exceptional food once again, and Wendy Steve Jazz is returning to entertain us. The event will be a combo of outdoor heated tented space and access to the historic Woodend Mansion (address: 8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815).

We thank our in kind donors: Dogfish Head BreweryTito’s Vodka and Total Wine & More.

Thank you to our Host Committee: Jen Brock, Nina Beth Cardin, Tim Hill, Arjun Makhijani

Thank you to our Sponsors

David Hunke
Cleo Braver
John Holmes
James Nicholas
Patricia Tice