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This directory links to a sampling of Chesapeake Bay-related groups. Descriptions are pulled from each group's mission statement or "about" page, mostly verbatim. They have been edited chiefly for brevity.
An all-volunteer organization incorporated in 1994, 1000 Friends of Maryland is committed to preserving the rich array of the state’s natural resources, maintaining and revitalizing existing communities, protecting historic resources and integrating them into the life of the community, assuring efficient, effective transportation choices for all citizens, supporting development which takes into account the public's interest, and fully realizing the goals of smart growth.
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading statewide voice for great places to live and work. The organization works with citizens, organizations and public officials to create land use, infrastructure and governance policies and practices that protect resources and strengthen the economy.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation was established in 1954 as a nonprofit organization chartered in Maryland. The mission is to provide experiences that encourage connections between people, the natural environment, farming and the cultural heritage of the Potomac River Watershed, which lead to personal environmental responsibility.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers. The Alliance does not lobby or litigate. Instead, it works toward bridging dialogue between groups that don't see eye-to-eye, forming strategies for joint solutions and building the capacity of communities for local-level action.
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world's oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resource.
Located on the heavily polluted Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC, the goal of the Anacostia Riverkeeper is to protect and restore water quality in the Anacostia River and its tributaries through community action and enforcement; to encourage responsible use of public and private land to create a thriving Anacostia River; to offer and provide professional advice and research about the state and health of the river.
Since 1989, AWS has mobilized thousands of volunteers and supporters to plant trees, stencil storm drains, restore wetlands, pick up trash, write letters, make phone calls, paddle canoes and kayaks, ride pontoon boats, participate in rallies, hike, bike and walk, remove invasive plants, stabilize stream banks, watch slideshows, visit local landmarks, row, and much more, all in the name of returning the Anacostia River and its surrounding communities to a clean and healthy condition.
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment is a resource for public education about the local environment and for volunteer involvement in environmental improvement efforts.
Assateague Coastal Trust works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic coastal bays watershed through advocacy, conservation, and education. ACT dramatically expanded its advocacy efforts in 2002, when it launched the Assateague Coastkeeper program, which is affliated with the Waterkeepers Alliance.
The Audubon Naturalist Society is the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region and is a pioneer in linking conservation activities with environmental education
The mission of Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is to protect and restore Baltimore Harbor and the greater Patapsco River and its tributaries through enforcement, fieldwork and citizen action in order to make the river suitable for recreation, including fishing and swimming, to improve public health, and to improve the health of the river ecosystem.
Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association is a 501(c)3 organization representing individuals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations with an interest in promoting and helping to establish a better quality of life in and around the Harbor.
Virginia-based BNRP is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit environmental organization. The BNRP has a riverkeeper who patrols the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers.
The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose members include individuals and organizations that care about maintaining and improving the resources of the Buffalo Creek Watershed,
The West Virginia-based Trust received its nonprofit, tax-exempt status in 1995. It is the largest land trust in the state. Working in partnership with volunteer landowners, the Trust holds 30 conservation easement agreements that permanently protect over 9,000 acres in the Cacapon and Lost River watershed.
Since 1992, the Center for Watershed Protection has been working in numerous communities to provide the solutions for clean water and healthy natural resources. The work is based on scientific research and guided by a passion for advancing the state-of-the art, ensuring practitioners have the right tools, and promoting the widespread implementation of the most effective watershed management techniques.
The primary goal of Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation is to educate the public and work with various state and federal agencies to provide information on current issues involving the living resources within and surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.
The Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc., was founded in 1979 as a direct response to the dwindling waterfowl population of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2002 the Horsehead Wetlands Center was renamed and became the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. The mission of the Wildfowl Trust of North America and its physical site, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, is to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation fights for solutions to the pollution that plagues the Bay and its tributaries. Across the six-state Chesapeake watershed, CBF sets the agenda, serves as a watchdog, and speaks out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public.
The Chesapeake Ecology Center is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about community greening and conservation landscaping practices for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that result in a healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region's biological diversity. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization.
Chesapeake Experience is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education on the Chesapeake Bay for students, teachers, special groups and the general public. Programs are experiential in nature and focus primarily on getting people on the Bay in kayaks. Chesapeake Experience is based in York County, VA, but serves the entire Hampton Roads region.
The Chesapeake Stormwater Network advocates for reform of federal, state and local laws, permits, regulations and design manuals to promote more sustainable stormwater management in the Chesapeake Bay. The interactive network aligns and integrates the efforts of thousands of individuals working on the stormwater problem across the Bay.
CRA is an advocate for the health of the Chester River and the living resources it supports. CRA strives to promote stewardship of the Chester River—its forests, marshes, fields, creeks and streams—as well as an understanding of the river's place in the economic and cultural life of nearby communities.
CRA strives to promote stewardship of the Chester River - its forests, marshes, fields, creeks, and streams - as well as an understanding of the river's place in the economic and cultural life of our communities.
CREB Conservancy is also a member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a group of 16 Chesapeake Bay advocacy programs which are pooling resources, coordinating efforts and building leverage to impact environmental legislation and policy across the watershed.
The Coalition’s mission is to ensure that transportation and development decisions accommodate growth while revitalizing communities, providing more housing and travel choices and conserving natural and historic areas.
Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society is the pre-eminent nonprofit environmental organization in the state. This position has been well earned through its long-term and consistently active preservation, conservation and advocacy programs. Delaware Nature Society is unique in the way it integrates education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy.
The Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth development and environmental service organization located where the heavily polluted Anacostia River flows through the nation’s capital’s most disadvantaged communities. Since 1992 it has been successfully reclaiming two of America’s most endangered resources—youth and the environment
Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities.
Environment Maryland is a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization that works on behalf of its members. Its core mission is simple: to protect Maryland's clean air, clean water, and open space. In practice, the staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to preserve the state's wild places and natural beauty, protect Marylanders from toxic pollution, reduce material consumption, build sustainable transportation and communities, and shift to 100% clean energy
Environmental Concern Inc. is a 501(c)3 public not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to working with all aspects of wetlands.
ASNV connects people, earth and sky. Through the education programs, ASNV helps members and the community understand, appreciate and enjoy birds and other wildlife, their habitats and their link to peo
The purpose of the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association is to engage in activities designed to improve water quality in the Gwynns Falls Watershed and to promote and enhance the value of the Gwynns Falls and its tributaries as a recreational, aesthetic, educational and natural resource.
The Institute’s work engages leaders and groups and allows them to develop a shared understanding of where they are at now and where they might go to be even more effective.
The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) was created with an interstate agreement established by Congress in 1940 to help the Potomac basin states and the federal government enhance, protect and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River basin through regional and interstate cooperation. The ICPRB jurisdictions are represented by appointed Commissioners from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the federal government.
Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation's oldest conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of nearly 270 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting the country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.
JRA’s Watershed Restoration program showcases answers to watershed management issues facing the James River. Working with landowners and partnering organizations, JRA brings responsible Habitat Restoration and Land Conservation solutions free of charge to the landowner.
The Jones Falls Watershed Association is a volunteer-driven grassroots organization started in 1997 to protect and restore the Jones Falls and its tributaries. The organization is credited with bringing attention to the river and building awareness of the stream and stream valley as natural resource assets for the community.
The League of Conservation Voters is a national nonprofit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of the planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies, provides its state organizations with the resources and tools to accomplish and sustain their mission.
The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper is an alliance builder, diplomat, educator, advocate and a voice of the Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2003, a committed group of local citizens came together to foster partnerships that would apply public and private resources to the challenge of reducing pollution in the Lynnhaven. That core group formed the nucleus of what has grown into an award-winning river restoration project with more than 3,000 members called Lynnhaven River NOW.
The Maryland Conservation Council brings together organizations throughout the state to create a strong voice for the environment and to coordinate effective action by citizens with knowledge, expertise and energy.
Maryland LCV is best known for its comprehensive yearly scorecard that evaluates the environmental votes of individual state legislators. It also grades the environmental record of the governor. In addition, it regularly alerts the public and the media of key actions of elected officials and closely monitors agencies and executive appointments.
MWS is a 501(c)3 Charles County, Maryland-based organization committed to protecting Mattawoman Creek and the surrounding watershed.
The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust preserves open space by acquiring land and conservation easements, providing stewardship of protected lands and building public support for conservation. It works in partnership with landowners, businesses, public agencies and other private organizations.
The sole purpose of the Patuxent Riverkeeper is to protect, restore and advocate for clean water in the Patuxent River and its connected ecosystem. The waterkeeper patrols the river, investigates and resolves water quality and pollution complaints, launches and manages restoration projects, raises awareness about the river and its problems and works toward better enforcement of current laws and better laws to protect the river.
PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Its staff combines independent research, practical ideas and advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for Pennsylvania's environment.
Founded in 1992, PASA's vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania and beyond in a way that makes farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the health and wellbeing of all citizens.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3), nonprofit corporation with a mission to protect Pennsylvania’s watersheds both through direct work and support of other organizations with similar missions.
Potomac Conservancy protects the health, beauty, and enjoyment of the Potomac River and its tributaries. The Conservancy's primary focus is protection of water quality through land protection and sound land use practices. The Conservancy also works to preserve and restore the Potomac's scenic landscapes and to enhance river-based recreational opportunities.
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places and the planet itself. It is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Founder John Muir appears on the back of the California quarter.
In the National Capital Region, seven distinct organizations representing business, development, civic and environmental interests that often sit on opposite sides of table when it comes to growth issues have elected to put aside their differences and work together on common goals for smart growth. Together, these organizations create the Smart Growth Alliance.
Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect more than 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwid
Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of 16 independent Waterkeeper programs working to protect and restore the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and their tributaries. Waterkeepers Chesapeake works locally, using grassroots action and advocacy to protect their communities and their waters.
West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc., was founded in 2005 by Bob Gallagher, a former attorney living in Shady Side. Along with the members of the Advisory Board, Bob built an organization to support the mission of stopping pollution, enforcing environmental law, promoting restoration and advocating for better environmental policy.
Wetlands Watch is a Virginia nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving Virginia wetlands. Launched on Earth Day 2001, Wetlands Watch believes that citizens who understand the value of wetlands will be motivated to protect and conserve them.