Member Support

Member support at Waterkeepers Chesapeake means expanding 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  promote member support by organizing collective legal and advocacy campaigns around clean water in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays region, coordinating information and resources, and amplifying the voices of individual organizations. We also promote member support by tracking regional efforts and improving 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 member support to the impacted Waterkeeper, helps coordinate a response, and provides communications and technical support.

Latest Posts

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

Every year our Waterkeepers work hard to gather information about the conditions of our local rivers, streams, and coastal waters. Waterkeepers compile this information in unique ways to share their findings with their communities, and to encourage people to access and recreate on their local waterways. Waterkeeper water quality programs provide a valuable public service. … Read more

Vote for Clean Water

Civic Engagement Toolkit! It’s challenging to know where to start to get your organization involved in critical civic engagement efforts. To help, the Choose Clean Water Coalition teamed up with the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed to launch a comprehensive toolkit. This contains voting deadlines, suggested social media posts, graphics, example emails, and more. … Read more

Waterkeepers Bay Paddle Team

Waterkeepers from across the Chesapeake region, including the Choptank, Miles-Wye, Sassafras and Chester Riverkeepers from ShoreRivers, the James Riverkeeper, and the South, West and Rhode Riverkeeper, have teamed up to participate in the Bay Paddle, a 8 day, 215 mile staged paddle. The team also includes staff from Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and other Riverkeeper staff and … Read more

A Virtual Legislative Season Yields Important Clean Water Wins

This virtual state legislative season was like no other. Rightly so, COVID-19 and police reform were priorities. Even so, we’re happy to report that the General Assemblies in Maryland and Virginia wrapped up with some significant clean water wins, thanks to the actions you took to support these bills! Maryland The Maryland General Assembly passed … Read more

“Parting Thought” by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

Written by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper Originally published in the “Parting Thought” column of A.T. Journeys Magazine AS THE PANDEMIC TOOK HOLD OF THE WORLD, group hikes and travel to hiking destinations became less safe and so the call of the trails increasingly uncertain. But the urge to get outside transformed into a constant craving. … Read more

Our 2021 Clean Water Legislative Priorities

Maryland and Virginia’s 2021 General Assemblies convened on January 13 under very unusual and stressful circumstances due to the necessary COVID safety protocols, and the unprecedented security precautions due to the threats to state capitols following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Pennsylvania’s House and Senate meet at various times during the … Read more

Chesapeake Bay 2021 Calendar

The 2021 Exploring the Natural Beauty of the Chesapeake Bay calendar created by Ecoprint includes several local environmental organizations whose missions range from global warming, Baltimore’s rivers and streams, litter and prevention efforts to the Eastern Shore waterways. The beautiful calendar features 11 unique organizations and their efforts on the opposite side of each month. … Read more

The Story of Plastic Panel Discussion with Potomac Riverkeeper Network

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Potomac Riverkeeper Network are co-hosting a virtual film screening and panel discussion on the new documentary, The Story of Plastic. Register for this event today and receive a login link! You’ll receive a streaming link for the film 2 weeks before the panel discussion. Stories and … Read more

Our Waterkeepers’ 2019 Water Quality Reports are Out!

Many of our Waterkeeper members publish a yearly water quality report detailing the health of waterways in their jurisdiction, often including the appearance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), bacteria levels in the water, and even populations of animals commonly found in our waterways. Several 2019 report cards have been released this spring, with many showing … Read more

Stronger Together: Dismantling Racism Takes Action, Not Just Words

Waterkeepers Chesapeake would like to address the latest events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other unarmed black people. We stand in solidarity with black, indigenous, and people of color who are routinely and disproportionately impacted every day by social, racial and environmental injustices. As Waterkeepers, we fight for … Read more