Our State and Outreach Leads have a critical role in our restoration efforts across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They are six voices based in New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia and they play a tremendous role in the Coalition’s work coordinating our policy and advocacy priorities with members on the ground. They are vital to the success of the Coalition and have a deep passion for protecting our waterways.
Each year, our staff and the state leads convene for an in-person retreat to strategize bond, and discuss Coalition needs. This year’s annual retreat took place at Fox Haven Organic Farm nestled in the Piedmont hills of central Maryland. The wooded sanctuary hosted a dairy parlor, learning center, and a variety of gardens making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. We had a wonderful time exploring the farm’s orchard and tasted a variety of herbs and medicinal plants. Some were sour, some were sweet. Some were delicious and yummy to eat. We learned a lot and talked about best management practices used on the farm. We even pet some pigs!
After some much needed R&R, we reflected on this year’s past successes. Our most pivotal moments were times in which we worked together and supported one another. We discussed ways in which we will continue to engage and support Coalition members as we face clean water threats at the state and federal level. Without a doubt, our work to maintain a healthy watershed took a turn on November 8, 2016. It is imperative now, more than ever, that we continue to advocate for healthy rivers and streams. Without the work of our members and our State and Outreach Leads, we'd be far behind in meeting our goals to improve and maintain the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The progress we've made is a reflection of our dedication to ensure clean water for all and future generations.
Learn more about our state and outreach leads here.
Mariah Davis is the field manager with the Choose Clean Water Coalition.