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Waterkeepers Chesapeake expands the impact of each member organization to reduce pollution by promoting peer learning, sharing successful strategies, and providing technical and legal expertise and training. We organize collective legal and advocacy campaigns around clean water in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays region, coordinate information and resources, and amplify the voices of individual organizations. We also track regional efforts and improve communication among our members to increase effectiveness and coordination. When a disaster strikes such as an oil spill or a hurricane, Waterkeepers Chesapeake provides rapid response support to the impacted Waterkeeper, helps coordinate a response, and provides communications and technical support.

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Senator Van Hollen, Rep. Raskin to Speak at Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Annual Awards Event

Awardees to be recognized for work on Clean Water Act litigation and coal ash storage (Chevy Chase, MD) Waterkeepers Chesapeake will host its 3rd annual In Defense of Water awards event this coming Thursday, September 5 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., at the Audubon Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. Attendees will celebrate regional Waterkeepers, toast to recent clean … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Annual Awards Event to Honor Regional Clean Water Champions, Feature Rep. Jamie Raskin

Awardees to be recognized for work on Clean Water Act litigation and coal ash storage (Chevy Chase, MD) Waterkeepers Chesapeake will host its 3rd annual In Defense of Water awards event one month from today, Thursday, September 5 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., at the Audubon Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. Attendees will celebrate regional Waterkeepers, toast recent … Read more

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Groups Sue Keystone Protein Company for Nitrogen Discharges

Groups Sue Keystone Protein Company for Nitrogen Discharges that Violate Clean Water Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2019                                             Contacts: Jim Hecker, Public Justice, 202-797-8600 x225 or jhecker@publicjustice.net Ted Evgeniadis, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, 609-571-5278 or lowersusriver@hotmail.com Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper and Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association (Riverkeeper) today filed a citizen suit against Keystone Protein Company for … Read more

Local Waterkeeper 2018 Report Cards Show the Impact of Record Rains

Our Waterkeepers are experts on their local waterways. They monitor water quality in several different ways. Some are indirect by reviewing pollution reports required under Clean Water Act permits or analyzing government sponsored data collection. Waterkeepers also monitor water quality directly by conducting robust water sampling and then analyze and report their results in annual … Read more

Get Out on the Water with Your Local Waterkeeper!

It’s the season to get out on the water with our Waterkeepers! This summer you can sign up for paddle trips, river cleanups, swim and cycle events, and other volunteer opportunities with our Waterkeepers throughout the region. We have gathered all of these activities on our website calendar to make it super easy for you … Read more

On Earth Day, We Salute Our Waterkeepers

The first Earth Day 49 years ago sparked grassroots advocacy around the nation that led to the passage of the Clean Water Act, among many other landmark environmental protection laws. Along side this historic movement for better environmental protections, the Waterkeeper movement was born. This year, Waterkeeper Alliance celebrates its 20th anniversary. Waterkeepers Chesapeake and all of … Read more

A Big Year for Clean Water Legislation in Maryland and Virginia!

We had some important legislative wins for clean water in Maryland. But first let’s give a big shout out to the amazing win in Virginia on cleaning up a legacy of toxic coal ash stored on our river banks! Virginia Safe Disposal of Coal Ash – Great news in Virginia! On March 20, Governor Northam signed into … Read more

Our 2019 Legislative Priorities to Protect Your Clean Water

Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our 18 members work on legislation at the local, state and federal level. At the beginning of each year, the legislatures in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are in session. We are tracking bills to clean and restore our local waterways – making them swimmable, drinkable, and fishable in the Chesapeake Bay and … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake 2018 Year-End Reflections

Recent years at Waterkeepers Chesapeake have been marked by pronounced growth in our organization and our capacity to protect clean water in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays regions. Waterkeepers Chesapeake has been working hard to magnify the impact of each member organization to reduce pollution by focusing on long-term systemic change, organizing collective legal and … Read more

The 2017 River Report Cards Are In!

South River South Riverkeeper’s 2017 Report Card on the South River revealed that once again some underwater grasses had vanished. In 2017, the summer beds of widgeon grass vanished. Just like they did in 2013, 2011, 2010, and several other years in the past. After seeing better, longer visits from 2014-2016, the South River Federation … Read more