Spring 2021 ENews


Protecting the Giant Hellbender Salamander



Hellbenders are like the canary in the coal mine. This ancient species is now almost gone from Appalachian streams because they are incredibly sensitive to pollutants and the destruction of their habitats when smothered by sediment.  We joined a lawsuit to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision in April 2019 to deny Endangered Species Act protection to eastern hellbenders


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Federal Agency Approves Devastating License for Conowingo Dam

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Exelon Corporation’s Conowingo Dam relicensing for the next 50 years. This license will include the extremely flawed 2019 settlement agreement between Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Exelon. In the agreement, the State of Maryland waived its authority under the Clean Water Act to require a Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the dam. This decision leaves Bay state taxpayers responsible for paying for the dam cleanup instead of requiring Exelon to pay its fair share. We will be considering all legal options to ensure protection of the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay for the next 50 years.

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Join Us for Earth Day Events!

Join us on April 20th 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 shoreline practices. Staff from Blue Water Baltimore, James River Association and ShoreRivers will talk about what they are doing and answer your questions. Register today!

On April 28th, visit Well Crafted Kitchen for their Dockside Pick-Up Community Night in partnership with UNION Craft Brewing. Well Crafted Kitchen is creating a special menu for the day and a portion of the kitchen’s specials will be donated to Fair Farms. As for the libations, $1 from every 6-pack purchased from UNION will also go to Fair Farms.

Take a Pledge to Protect the Earth & Water

Check out our new Clear Choices Clean Water campaign website! Now it’s easier for you to pledge to adopt water-friendly practices in your own lawn and neighborhood — grow native plants, pick up your pet’s poo, adopt a storm drain, volunteer with your local Waterkeeper. We invite you take the extra step to pledge to protect your local waterways. Our impact map will show you how when we all take simple steps, we can make a big difference in stopping pollution!



Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News!

Conservation groups to sue over failure to protect Pa.’s state amphibian, the hellbender, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 8, 2021

New 50-year Conowingo Dam license gets federal OK, but environmental groups worry it won’t do enough to stop pollution overflows, The Baltimore Sun, March 26, 2021


Join Our Team!

Waterkeepers Chesapeake is seeking an outstanding law student to join our team for the summer as a Law and Policy Intern. If chosen for this role, you will have a direct impact on our coalition of 17 Waterkeeper programs working in tandem to restore and protect the local waterways of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Apply today!

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Take a Clear Choices Clean Water pledge to adopt water-friendly practices in your daily life like picking up pet waste, reducing lawn fertilizer, planting native plants, and more! Your actions can protect clean water! YOU can make a difference!

We have made it easier to find and report pollution — and to report the fun things you see and do on the river. Working with Chesapeake Commons, we developed the free Water Reporter App so you can send reports directly to your local Waterkeeper! Download it today!

Take Swim Guide with you – wherever you go! The free Swim Guide app makes it easy to know the water quality at your beach. Several of our Waterkeepers post water quality monitoring results every week — check it out before you head to your favorite river, bay and beach!

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Waterkeepers Chesapeake fights for clean water and a healthy environment by supporting Waterkeepers throughout the Chesapeake and coastal regions as they protect their communities, rivers, and streams from pollution.

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