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Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Getting Results


The 2015 Forum will be held September 25 – 27, 2015 and will celebrate 10 years of the 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.

If you have never attended the Forum or you have missed a few… check out the Forum Archives for past workshop offerings and videos of presentations.


Poster Session is now closed.. Thanks to all who submitted proposals for the poster session.


Registration is Now Closed. Thank you for the tremendous response. Please mark your calendar for the 2016 Forum taking place September 30 – October 2, 2016.


frank.audreyWe are pleased to announce Frank and Audrey Peterman will be the Plenary Speakers for the Friday and Saturday sessions.

As a leader in the 1960s movement for civil and human rights, Frank Peterman is uniquely suited to help grow the movement for an inclusive community supporting a healthy environment. Frank and his wife Audrey are nationally recognized as pioneers in successful efforts that reconnect urban communities to our publicly owned land and waters.

The Petermans are among a small percentage of Americans who have driven from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, becoming familiar with the vast expanse of our scenic and historic land and waters that lie in between. From this life-altering road trip in the mid-90s when they saw less than a handful of black and brown Americans among thousands of people enjoying our protected lands, the Petermans formed the environmental consulting company Earthwise Productions Inc. to publicize these premier assets. Over 20 years they’ve succeeded in connecting a nascent grassroots movement which is building momentum as communities across the country reconnect with the outdoors.

Frank and Audra’s complete biography can be found here: Frank Audrey Bio (.pdf)


Thank you to the 2015 Sponsors of the Chesapeake Watershed Forum. To sponsor the 2016 Forum please contact Lou Etgen, (443) 949 0575.


If you have any questions about the 2015 Forum please contact Lou Etgen, (443) 949 0575.


The Forum is a highly social event where peers can network with other groups facing similar challenges, and be inspired to continue the work of preserving and restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To help facilitate this offsite, we’re expanding our efforts to promote the Forum on social media websites. Make sure to follow along with our Forum developments on facebook and twitter with the hashtag #ChesForum. And tune in to #chesforum during the Forum as we’ll be live tweeting the forum.

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

Matthew Tejada of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice

Videos from 2014 Forum

Videos from the 2014 Forum including the talk by our keynote speaker (Wallace “J” Nichols), Forests for the Bay awards, our Friday morning panel and more. 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

forum-search-imgPoster Presentation at the 2011 Forum