The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay in the United States. It was founded in 1967 and has headquarters offices in Annapolis, Maryland. The foundation has field offices in Salisbury, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
CBF offers an outdoor education program that has introduced several generations of school children to the Chesapeake Bay through several idyllic outposts along the Bay’s shores, such as Fox Island, Smith Island, Bishop’s Head and others. Children learn the fragile nature of the Bay’s ecosystem, and the extent of its watershed, much of which includes their own homes insuburbia. CBF also lobbies state and local governments on regulations intended to stave off the Bay’s decline.
Along with education and advocacy, the CBF also moves to make the Bay cleaner through restoration and litigation. Their mission is to restore the Bay to balance in environmental programs such as planting trees and other greenery, along with restoring oyster populations. In litigation, the CBF makes it their mission to hold environmentally negligent companies and organizations accountable for their actions.
Learn more and get involved: http://www.cbf.org
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships and consensus to protect and to restore theChesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. The Alliance brings together the skills and passion of citizens, watershed groups, businesses, and governments to inspire collaborative solutions and creative programs. The Alliance believes that lasting solutions are found by creating dialogue between groups that don’t always see eye-to-eye and in building the capacity of local communities to make a difference. The Alliance motto for restoring the Bay is “Together, we can get the job done!”.
The Alliance hosts a diverse network of local watershed groups and hosts events such as an annual gathering of conservation professionals and local activists called the Chesapeake Watershed Forum. The Alliance implements local programs that connect people to their local river such as Project Clean Stream, an annual volunteer stream cleanup effort and River Trends which supports “citizen scientists” who monitor the quality of bodies of water in their area and become directly involved in local restoration efforts.
Learn more and get involved: https://allianceforthebay.org
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy
The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is an initiative of Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works and Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center to train community leaders, called “Master Watershed Stewards”, to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff in Anne Arundel County.
Learn more and get involved: http://www.aawsa.org
Maryland Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action, an organization of 1 million members, organizes grassroots groups and coalitions to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and support environmental legislation and political candidates. Created in 1972, Clean Water Action focuses on canvassing and gaining support for political issues and candidates. It is a 501(c)(4) organization. Its counterpart, the Clean Water Fund is dedicated to research and education and is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Learn more and get involved: http://www.cleanwateraction.org/md
Whether it’s the jagged coastline of the Eastern Shore, or the rolling hills of western Maryland, the state’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Maryland. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
Learn more and get involved: http://www.environmentmaryland.org