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Chesapeake Watershed Forum


The 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum is being held September 30 – October 2 at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.

The theme this year is a “Personal Call to Action” where we will explore ways to reach out to diverse groups and dive deep into the personal actions that each of us, and each member of the watershed could and should be taking to achieve a healthy watershed and a clean Bay.

We are now requesting proposals to present at the Forum: 2016 Forum RFP (.pdf)

We are also planning several professional development, day-long, workshops on the day before the Forum to provide in-depth analysis into issues that are directly related to the restoration of the Bay watershed

Registration will open in mid July and as always, we have a limited number of spaces on-site so plan to register early.

Sponsorship opportunties are available, contact Lou Etgen, letgen@allianceforthebay.org to get your organization or company’s name and good works in front of the expected 400+ attendees at this year’s Chesapeake Watershed forum.

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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.

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