Monthly Webinar: Stormwater Success Stories
Jan
23
11:00 AM11:00

Monthly Webinar: Stormwater Success Stories

This Webinar will showcase the exciting new interactive online map available at the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center which showcases some of the most innovative projects around the watershed. See resources created thanks to all the hard work of the members of the coalition.  There are amazing innovative projects all over the watershed that reduce pollution while providing so many benefits to local communities. Yet the fact that some in the public and even leadership call the programs that fund them ‘rain taxes’ show a lack of understanding in our communities.  This webinar will show how to use this online toolkit to showcase successful projects already in the ground to help arm yourself, your educators and advocates in your area with the tools they need to bring simple visual messages that will resonate in your target audiences and show them the importance of projects that solve polluted runoff. Although this is being piloted in Maryland right now, we hope to expand this across the coalition soon, so hope all from across the watershed can join and provide us with feedback as we expand the tool to surrounding states.  

For more information, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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Delaware Wetlands Conference
Jan
31
to Feb 1

Delaware Wetlands Conference

  • Chase Center at the Riverfront (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for this two-day event where connecting science and communities to protect and conserve wetlands is our top priority! 

Wetlands play a vital role in our everyday lives, protecting our communities from flooding and erosion and boosting our economy. For the last 17 years the Delaware Wetlands Conference has served as a hub where wetland experts and enthusiasts from the Mid-Atlantic region gather to share the latest in wetland research, innovations in outreach and education, and the progress of conservation and wetlands policy programs.

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Choose Clean Water Conference
May
22
to May 23

Choose Clean Water Conference

The 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 23 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, PA.

Each year, the Coalition’s Choose Clean Water Conference brings together a comprehensive and diverse group of more than 300 people from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about the most important and up-to-date Chesapeake restoration issues, network with fellow Chesapeake Bay supporters and activists, develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals, and learn from successes.

Conference RFP Now Open!

The Coalition is currently soliciting proposals for 1-hour sessions and field trips. This unique gathering offers a tremendous opportunity to gain broad exposure for a wide range of issues facing the Chesapeake. Any person or organization with valuable experience is invited to submit an application to conduct a session at the Conference. The deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5PM.

Please find the RFP here.

With questions, please contact Kristin Reilly, 443-759-3409.

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Virginia Conservation Lobby Day
Jan
22
7:30 AM07:30

Virginia Conservation Lobby Day

Virginia Conservation Network organizes Conservation Lobby Day each year to ensure a strong conservation voice is heard early in the legislative session. Volunteer advocates are invited to join professional staff of Network Partners as we meet with state legislators and encourage them to support environmental policy advancements. All updates about this annual event will be posted to vcnva.org/lobby-day

With questions, please contact Kelley Gallowina.

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Maryland Legislative Summit
Jan
18
12:00 PM12:00

Maryland Legislative Summit

Come for a informative afternoon with the Maryland environmental community!

Open to All - Free Admission
Workshop - 12-3pm - a half day bring-your-own-lunch workshop with advocacy training and conversations to go more in depth on upcoming environmental legislative priorities and network with fellow advocates!
Summit - 4-6 pm - hear from advocates and elected officials about Maryland's environmental legislative priorities, with Bob Perciasepe, former MDE Secretary and Deputy Administrator of EPA, as our keynote!

Happy Hour to Follow at location TBD

Where to Park: https://annapolisparking.com/parking-locations/

Register here

With questions, contact Ben Alexandro.

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Future Harvest CASA's Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference
Jan
12
to Jan 14

Future Harvest CASA's Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

Join us for three days of local farm and food workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities.

Interact during 8 pre-conference, skill-building workshops for farmers and their allies! 3 Free pre-conference trainings! 

Experience 6 conference tracks and 30 sessions and participate in our new Farmer-to-Farmer Chat sessions where you can come together with peers to problem-solve and get advice! 

Enjoy delicious farm-to-table meals, this once-a-year networking opportunity, the Foodshed Photo Contest, and the Farmer of the Foodshed Awards!

Click here to register

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Watershed Restoration
Dec
12
9:00 AM09:00

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Watershed Restoration

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Skeo Solutions will facilitate a one-day training for a limited number of Choose Clean Water Coalition members on December 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. During this training, we will review concepts of DEI, understand concepts of culture and cultural humility, build a shared understanding of the relevance of DEI strategies to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and identify opportunities and constraints for DEI within our work. If you are inserted in participating, please fill out this short application. The first 35 applicants will be accepted to attend.

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Maryland Water Monitoring Council 23rd Annual Conference
Dec
8
7:30 AM07:30

Maryland Water Monitoring Council 23rd Annual Conference

  • Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (map)
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The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks and of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You'll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and at the post-meeting social.

Following the theme of this year's conference – Managing Water Quality in a Changing World – concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. Topics include:

  • Agriculture and water quality
  • Citizens science
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Communicating progress and successes
  • Leveraging data sources
  • New monitoring technologies
  • Stream restoration biomonitoring
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Virginia General Assembly Preview
Dec
2
8:30 AM08:30

Virginia General Assembly Preview

Registration is now open for the General Assembly Preview, December 2nd

In preparation for Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly session, Virginia Conservation Network and its Network partners are convening for a day-long preview of what’s in store for our natural landscapes and resources. Volunteers, board members, and staff of partner organizations — as well as those interested in getting more involved in Virginia’s conservation community — are invited to learn about priority environmental topics and discuss our collective approach to advancing policy in the upcoming legislative session.

Traditionally, this annual event has taken place only in Richmond, VA. In order to better accommodate the vast majority of Virginians who live outside of the region, we are hosting four watch parties across the Commonwealth, in addition to hosting the regular in-person event. The watch party locations include Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, and Warrenton.

Coffee and light breakfast will be served at all locations. All attendees will also receive a copy of the 2017 Environmental Briefing Book, which displays the breadth of conservation issues our community is prioritizing in the coming year. Additionally, attendees at all locations will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of each panel.

Questions? Contact Sheri Wood at admin@vcnva.org or (804) 644-0283.

Schedule:

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.   Sign-in / light breakfast and coffee

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.   Welcome

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Healthy Rivers panel

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.   Green Communities panel

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.   Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.   Clean Energy panel

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.   Regulatory rollbacks

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.   Next steps / get involved

12:05 – 12:30 p.m.   Regional conversations


Additional information about regional watch parties:

Fredericksburg Watch Party
Hosted by Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR)
FOR’s office: 3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Roanoke Watch Party
Hosted by Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP)
SERCAP’s office: 347 Campbell Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016

Virginia Beach Watch Party
Hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW and Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Exact location to be determined

Warrenton Watch Party
Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)
PEC's headquarters: 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA 20186

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Phase III WIP Eastern Shore Blue Print Action Group Meeting
Dec
1
9:30 AM09:30

Phase III WIP Eastern Shore Blue Print Action Group Meeting

  • 114 South Washington Street Easton, MD, 21601 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The next EBAG meeting will be very similar to the Phase III WIP rountable in Bladensburg,  but will be on the eastern shore with a panel of eastern shore government officials for the convenience of all you eastern shore members.  

For more information, contact Ben Alexandro

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Phase III Watershed Round Table
Nov
16
9:30 AM09:30

Phase III Watershed Round Table

  • 4302 Baltimore Avenue Bladensburg, MD, 20710 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted at the Anacostia Watershed Society with Chesapeake Legal Alliance, 

The meeting will start with Kathy Stecker of MDE giving an overview on Phase III WIPs, next we will have a panel discussion with local government officials who worked on the Phase II WIPs. State partners provided significant tools and resources as part of Maryland’s Phase II WIP that were intended to prepare and support local jurisdictions with WIP implementation. What were the outcomes? Which experiences provided the most (and the least) value? This panel will engage with local officials as we learn together how Phase II was experienced on the ground. We will then see how this experience might compare to the phase III process.  Finally after lunch we'll have a discussion on how we as a coaliton want to influence the phase III WIP process.  

For more information, contact Ben Alexandro

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11th Annual Trash Summit
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

11th Annual Trash Summit

  • 1500 South Capitol Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to the 11th Annual Trash Summit on November 16th at Nationals Park in Washington DC! This year's theme, Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water and Healthy Lives, will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore local to regional solutions. Early bird registration is open through October 20th! Join us and be part of the conversation.

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No Potomac Pipeline Washington County Volunteer Meeting
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

No Potomac Pipeline Washington County Volunteer Meeting

After a historic fracking ban victory, Maryland is once again being threatened by fracked gas. TransCanada is proposing a fracked-gas pipeline that would cross through Hancock and run underneath America’s River: the Potomac. This proposed pipeline would threaten the drinking water of over a 100,000 residents in the surrounding region and lock us into dirty fossil fuel production for decades to come.

And we’re not going to let this happen.

At the meeting we will talk about ways that we can raise our voices in our local communities by reaching out to our neighbors, talking to local elected officials and making sure that Governor Hogan hears loud and clear that Marylanders say NO to a fracked-gas pipeline under the Potomac.

RSVP today to join us on November 8, at 6:30 p.m. to learn how you can become part of a pipe-line free future for Maryland!

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Nov
3
to Nov 5

Chesapeake Watershed Forum

  • National Conservation Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program

Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program

12th Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People

This year’s theme, Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People was chosen so that we may explore the connection between the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its effect on those of us living here.

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Watershed Advocacy & Stewardship 101 Workshop
Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

Watershed Advocacy & Stewardship 101 Workshop

Is your community stream being threatened by development? Pollution a problem? Could your local official do something to help? Want to know what you can do at home to help the health of our streams and creeks? Join Audubon Naturalist Society’s experts for a fun and empowering afternoon at Woodend for an introduction to environmental advocacy & watershed stewardship! All are welcome.

The focus is on clean water but the skills can apply to any environmental issue--learn how you can raise your voice for local conservation.

This is a shorter version of the workshop described in the ANS Spring 2017 Naturalist Quarterly article “Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands.” We will cover the following topics:

  • The importance of protecting water and watersheds, and the biggest threats to them
  • A brief introduction to the on-the-ground solutions that are needed at the home and community level, like rain gardens, planting trees, and responsible development practices
  • The Clean Water Act and how it works to move states, counties, and towns towards cleaner streams
  • How you can get involved: an introduction to advocacy skills
    • Identifying problems and solutions
    • Developing an action plan
    • Talking to decision-makers
    • Building coalitions to broaden support for your issue
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Hands Across the Potomac
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Hands Across the Potomac

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Join Coalition members Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Sierra Club -Maryland Chapter, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and others for 'Hands Across the Potomac' on Saturday, October 14 at James Rumsey Bridge / Ram Stadium, WV-480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. 

Environmental advocates, Maryland legislators and concerned citizens will be hosting Hands Across the Potomac to call on Governor Hogan to reject a fracked gas pipeline being built underneath the Potomac River. West Virginia and Maryland residents will stand hand in hand in solidarity across the James Rumsey Bridge that connects Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, WV to show their opposition to the proposed pipeline. RSVP here.

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Virginia Environmental Assembly
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Virginia Environmental Assembly

Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment. This annual conference is hosted by Virginia Conservation Network, a partnership of over 100 environmental organizations working together to create a powerful, diverse, highly-coordinated conservation movement in the Commonwealth.

The theme of this year’s Environmental Assembly is Conservation through Collaboration. Presentations and field trips will refer back to this overarching theme, highlighting instances where organizations, communities, businesses, and local/state elected officials worked together to make a positive impact on the environment.

The first day — Friday, September 22 — is open to paying Network Partners’ staff, board, and lead volunteers only and will include strategy planning sessions, as well as our annual Conservation Reception. The reception is open to the public and will feature remarks from Virginia’s local/state elected officials, as well as a silent art auction displaying conservation-inspired work by local artists. The second day — Saturday, September 23 — is open to the public and will include environmental presentations/panel discussions and field trips highlighting local environmental efforts.

http://www.vcnva.org/assembly/

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2nd Annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum
Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

2nd Annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

Online Forum Registration: Click here to download a fillable .pdf registration form or visit our online registration form here

Join us to learn, share and discuss watershed science and ongoing efforts to improve the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.

Poster presenters and displays are currently sought for the 2nd Annual Watershed Forum.Please submit your poster abstract for consideration including the title, contact information and a description in 200 words or less. Selected poster presenter conference registration fees will be waived.

Forum Location: Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) Building

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Sep
19
2:00 PM14:00

Forest Conservation Roundtable

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Join the Choose Clean Water Coalition for a discussion on forest conservation in Maryland:

What:      Forest Conservation Roundtable

Where:    Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403

When:     September 19th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

RSVP:     Email Ben Alexandro, balexandro@mdlcv.org

At this meeting we will look at how we can stem the loss of forests throughout Maryland and look at policies in the state to conserve and preserve forests in Maryland, not just restore them. This meeting will be the first meeting of the minds since the Forest Conservation Act Task Force stalled in the Maryland House of Delegates during this year's legislative session. (Thank you all for your hard work around the forest conservation act last session!) 

Now that he summer is coming to a close, let's circle back up the wagons and see how we can build momentum towards victory next year. At this meeting we will look at potential avenues and policies as well as start to organize grass roots efforts, grass tops coordination, and ways to find nontraditional partners.  

Light refreshments will be served

Agenda and more details to come.  

This meeting is intended for advocacy groups, members from nonprofits and community leaders interested in forest conservation policy.  This will take the place of one of the 'Choose Clean Water Regional Meetings' we typically hold each year.  

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Sep
13
9:00 AM09:00

Naturally Latinos

The first-ever Naturally Latinos Conference will take place Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It will build upon the success of ANS's past conferences welcomingdiverse communities of nature-lovers in the DC region to deepen coalitions and partnerships as we learn about and care for the natural world. With planning committee partners, including the Choose Clean Water CoalitionChispa/MD League of Conservation Voters, EcoLatinos LLC, National Weather ServicePrince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation, and the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, we expect a packed and exciting day. Read more and register now!

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