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2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

CWF_LogoA Personal Call to Action

Come join us September 30 – October 2, 2016 for the 11th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum. This conference is held at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV where representatives from local watershed organization and local government leaders come together to learn the latest restoration science and direction. The Forum provides excellent opportunity to network with other groups and individuals facing similar challenges, and to be inspired to continue the work of preserving, protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program

Event Registration

Registration is closed. Please join us in 2017, September 8-10.


CITY OF TREES film with panel discussion

During the recession, CITY OF TREES follows three trainees and the director of a stimulus-funded green job-training program designed to put unemployed people back to work by caring for parks in DC. As they navigate the community’s distrust of outsiders and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.


Please help us to continue and to expand the impact of the Forum by becoming a Sponsor of this year’s Chesapeake Watershed Forum. The comprehensive work to restore the Bay has never been more important and neither has our need for your support. Take a stand for innovative, dynamic and comprehensive Bay restoration initiatives by supporting the Forum today. Your impact will be both immediate and lasting as we work together to create sustainable solutions for a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Download the Sponsorship Announcement (.docx) or see below for Sponsorship Levels & Benefits.

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*Oak-Level Sponsors will also be acknowledged at every Chesapeake Forum activity throughout the year.
**Exhibit Tables will be in the NCTC classroom hallway, offering extended access to Forum participants during the duration of the Forum.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lou Etgen at 443-949-0575.


Free African American Health Program Community Day, Saturday, April 16th

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will be sponsoring the African American Health Program (AAHP) Community Day on April 16th, 2016. The event is free and open to individuals and families of all ages. Attendees will experience the “Taste of Nutrition,” energizing group fitness activities, and… more


10th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Getting Results!

Forum attendees share a discussion on forest management strategies with the Alliance’s Chesapeake Forest team. The spirit of watershed stewardship was strong at our 10th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, held from September 25th to 27th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  The Alliance for… more

Wallace "J" Nichols explaining the connecting and calming power of water at the 2014 #ChesForum.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Making the Connection

From September 26th to 28th, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay held its ninth annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, hosting nearly 400 attendees. During the Forum, we learned about Wallace “J” Nichols’ concept of neuroconservation, discussed the complexities of environmental justice and honored Chesapeake Forest Champions. more


Excitement Surrounds Chesapeake Watershed Forum

This month we are gearing up for our 9th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, as we expect a full house. We’ll have great presentations on conservation, social justice, communications and more. Plus an expanded effort to share on social media with #chesforum more

Lou EtgenLou Etgen, Deputy and Maryland State Director

Lou Etgen was born in Richmond, VA but grew up primarily in Severna Park, MD and is a lifelong resident of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. His interest in the support of local watershed groups has led to the creation of our annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum and our community networking tool, the Chesapeake Network.

forum-search-imgPhoto courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program