Waterkeepers Chesapeake is excited to offer the Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay campaign. With stormwater being the fastest growing sector of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bay regions, Clear Choices serves as a way to motivate individuals to take small pledges (i.e. install a rain garden, pick up pet waste, refrain from using harmful pesticides, etc.) that demonstrate the collective amount of pollution prevented to our local rivers and streams in pounds. Collectively, this program has the potential to prevent millions of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus in the area’s watershed.
The choices we make everyday can impact the health of our local waterways. Some of the most difficult pollution to control is the polluted runoff from our roads, parking lots, yards and farms. Whenever it rains, trash, oil, dirt, fertilizer, and loads of other pollutants run into our local rivers and streams – and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Bays. What you do matters. This is one reason behind Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Clear Choices Clean Water Campaign designed to increase awareness about choices we make and the impact they have on our rivers and streams. Individuals, adults and kids, are encouraged to pledge to either start, or continue, good behaviors that make a difference for water quality and for water conservation. Our interactive map will show how much pollution is reduced by your action and will show the collective impact of thousands of pledges across our region.
Take a Pledge Today! You Can Make a Difference!
Written by Casey Willson, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Intern May was Native Plants month at the Clear Choices Clean Water Campaign and what better way to celebrate than pledging to plant native plants in your garden! By pledging to plant natives like Stiff Goldenrod, Milkweed, or Purple Cone Flower you are helping to support pollinator populations and enhance groundwater retention. … Read more
Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at noon for an Earth Day ‘lunch & learn’ with our Waterkeepers to talk about The Power of Plants to Protect Clean Water. All across our region, Waterkeepers have programs to encourage the use of natives plants and trees, water-friendly lawn and garden practices, and stream buffers and living … Read more
Did you know that over application of lawn fertilizer can lead to serious water quality issues in our local rivers and streams? It takes just one (1) pound of phosphorus and seven (7) pounds of nitrogen entering a waterway to produce 500 pounds of algae. As we enter the winter months it is a good … Read more
Written by Casey Willson, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Intern The Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay campaign that Waterkeepers Chesapeake launched in June 2019 is encouraging members of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take action to protect the important ecosystems present in the Bay region. Community members are able to take pledges promising to abstain from using … Read more
Fair Farms Blog Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Clear Choices Clean Water campaign added a new pledge on healthy soils to emphasize the importance of soil health and how integral soil is to food production, water sources, and the climate and environment in general. Here at Fair Farms, we’re excited about this new pledge that encourages residents living … Read more
Campaign will drive citizen action in Harford County to improve local water quality through online pledges (Monkton, MD) – Gunpowder Riverkeeper has launched the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign in partnership with Waterkeepers Chesapeake to increase awareness about how choices residents make impact local rivers and streams – and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign … Read more
By Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Angela Haren, Baltimore Sun Op Ed, July 4, 2019 There’s a big problem right under our feet. Last year, sewer line breaks and leaks caused hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage water to spill into local waterways, putting both human health and aquatic life at … Read more
Campaign will drive citizen action to improve local water quality through online pledges (Baltimore, MD) – Waterkeepers Chesapeake has launched the new Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay campaign to increase awareness about choices residents make and their impact on our rivers and streams – and ultimately the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays. The campaign inspires people … Read more