As our local communities and Waterkeepers respond to the global COVID-19 health crisis, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. It’s times like these that make us aware of the importance of resilient and sustainable local communities for our health, economies, and well-being. Our 17 Waterkeepers are part of a global alliance of over 350 Waterkeepers who are part of the essential fabric of their communities. The work they do is critical to protecting clean water and healthy communities.
We will continue to support our Waterkeepers as they work through event cancellations and other adjustments. Our staff is working remotely and cancelling in-person meetings, and we are here to support you however we can. We understand that this time can be challenging, and we want you to know that your support for us and our local Waterkeepers is more important than ever.
Maryland’s legislative session unexpectedly ended a few weeks early on March 18th as a protective measure due to the coronavirus. The legislature will meet in the last week of May to finish up critical work, but many environmental bills will have to be re-visited in 2021.
Our Conowingo Dam Emergency bill was one of the casualties of this early recess. While it won’t pass in this session, we do consider this bill a huge success. We secured the support of 60 senators and delegates who co-sponsored this bi-partisan bill, in addition to support from Maryland watermen and federal lawmakers. There were hundreds of people from around the region emailing Governor Hogan asking him to withdraw his bad deal with Exelon.
The fight to protect our local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay from the pollution built up behind the Conowingo Dam is not over. While we wait for FERC’s decision on Maryland’s settlement agreement with Exelon, we will continue to pressure Governor Hogan to do the right thing and withdraw the settlement and make Exelon pay its fair share of the dam cleanup. Please consider a donation so we can continue this fight.
Read our blog to learn more about our legislative wins in Maryland and Virginia.
What events have been changed?
- Arundel Rivers Federation has transformed their annual fundraiser, Arundel Rivers on the Half Shell, to an online fundraiser and auction.
- Assateague Coastal Trust has canceled or postponed several of their events, but several will still be taking place.
- Blue Water Baltimore has closed their nursery through the end of March. All volunteer events through April 11th have also been canceled.
- ShoreRivers has postponed most of their events, and has shifted their 2020 State of the Rivers events to a virtual platform.
Follow our social media for future updates.
How can you support your local Waterkeeper?
Our Waterkeeper members are essential to their communities, and now more than ever they need your support! You can help in a number of ways.
- Consider making a donation to support your local Waterkeeper. Many of their upcoming fundraisers and events have been canceled or postponed.
- Ask your local Waterkeeper if they could use remote assistance. They may have volunteer opportunities available.
- Host a Facebook fundraiser.
- If you’re shopping online, you could add your Waterkeeper organization to Amazon Smile. They would receive a portion of the proceeds from every sale.
- Plan on attending any virtual events that will be scheduled. You can visit our calendar to stay updated on Waterkeeper events.
- Get out and enjoy a walk along or paddle on your local waterway! Time in nature and fresh air promotes good health and relieves stress.
- Most importantly, stay healthy and safe!