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May 8, 2012
*Adapted from a blog by Molly Alton Mullins, Communications Director for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, March 2012
Restoring the Chesapeake Bay is a complex problem and the Bay watershed is huge. From advocacy for laws and regulations to on-the-ground restoration to outreach and education, there are a seemingly countless number of groups and initiatives that are actively trying to improve the Bay’s overall health. While all are doing much-needed work, keeping all the Chesapeake Bay organizations straight is sometimes tough. These leading organizations in the Bay watershed all share basic goals but are different in terms of the unique role they play in the complex and sometimes confusing Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. These ABC’s may help:[imageframe link=”https://www.allianceforthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ACB_Logo_SmallwebReady.gif” ] Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: the Partner.
The Alliance brings together individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver programs that benefit the land, waters, and residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Through community efforts, such as the Local Government Advisory Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee, to restoration work like the BayScaping and RiverWise programs, to educational and outreach efforts like the Watershed Forum and Project Stream Clean, the Alliance focuses on getting people involved in Bay restoration and protection. Chesapeake Bay Foundation: the Advocate.The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a major voice for the Bay, serving as the organization that fights for solutions to pollution problems that plague the Bay and its tributaries. Across the six-state Chesapeake watershed, CBF serves as a watchdog and speaks out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public. At CBF, the focus is on four key areas: restoration, advocacy, education and litigation. Chesapeake Bay Trust: the Grant Maker. The Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization in Maryland supported in part through the sale of Bay license plates. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded over $45 million through 8,000 diverse grants helping volunteers, teachers and students plant native trees, remove trash from streams and rivers, create living shorelines and restore wetlands, oyster reefs, and streamside buffers.[imageframe link=”http://www.chesapeakebay.net/” ] Chesapeake Bay Program: the Collaborator. The Program is a regional partnership that sets policy goals and directs Bay restoration and protection. Bay Program partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, NGOs and academic institutions that advance science, policy and programs. The CBP is a center for scientific data, monitoring, and public information on the Bay.[imageframe link=”http://www.chesbay.us/” ] Chesapeake Bay Commission: the Policy Makers. The Commission was created in 1980 to coordinate Bay-related policy across state lines and develop shared solutions. As a tri-state legislative assembly representing Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Commission’s leadership covers a full spectrum of Bay issues from managing living resources and conserving land, to protecting water quality.
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