Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners

Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one cause of polluted streams and rivers in Northern Virginia, which also are the sources of our drinking water.  Working together Northern Virginia, we can make a difference!

The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners represent 11 Northern Virginia local governments, two independent water and sanitary sewer authorities, and local businesses that care about the quality of our waterways and the region’s quality of life.

Our goal is to work together to keep local residents healthy and safe by reducing the amount of pollution that reaches local creeks and rivers. We use educational advertisements, publications, blogs, and this website to alert the citizens we serve about how they can do their part — simple steps they can take to make sure there is enough clean water in local waterways for families to enjoy them and for fish and animals to survive and thrive.

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The Elizabeth River Project

For too long, the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, has been infamous for pollution. Instead of lamenting the problem, we prefer to take hope from her strengths. From Great Bridge Lock to the naval base, you can see the importance of the Elizabeth River every day in Hampton Roads. She gives us our work and our play. The Elizabeth River Project is the non-profit leading community efforts to restore the environmental health of this great harbor river while affirming her value to our port economy.

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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 Bays shores, such as Fox Island, Smith Island, Bishops Head and others. Children learn the fragile nature of the Bays 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 Bays 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.

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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 dont 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.

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Virginia Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action, an organization of 1 million members, organizes grassroots groups and coalitions to protect Americas 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.

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Environment Virginia

Environment Virginia is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about Virginia — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether its hiking Old Rag at Shenandoah National Park, canoeing on the Chesapeake Bay or swimming at Assateague Island, Virginias 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, shortsighted politicians and more.

Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Virginia. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.

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