Volunteer Position – Citizens Advisory Committee
The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is seeking new members and is currently creating a pool of interested candidates. If interested in becoming a candidate, please fill out the form below or email a statement of interest and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership
The Chesapeake Bay Program is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) other federal agencies, and the states in the region that have rivers that flow into the Bay (NY, PA, MD, WV, DE, VA and DC). It also includes the Chesapeake Bay Commission composed of state legislators from the General Assemblies of PA, MD and VA. The Chesapeake Bay Program leads the effort to establish, track and report goals and outcomes to restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership is the Chesapeake Executive Council with membership of EPA Administrator, the Governors of the States, and the Mayor of DC and the Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
Citizens Advisory Committee
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is one of three independent Advisory Committees to the Chesapeake Bay Program. Their primary role is to provide a non-governmental voice, perspective and advice to the leadership on progress towards meeting water quality and other Chesapeake Watershed Agreement goals and outcomes. The CAC Membership seeks to be inclusive and representative of all residents in our region across different sectors, geographies and experiences.
Members must be willing to attend quarterly meetings. Members must be interested in and have some knowledge about environmental quality.
Logistics and Time Commitment
Much of the CAC work happens during their quarterly meetings which last 1.5 days. CAC meets at different locations across the region (because of COVID-19 meets are virtual). During the meeting, members typically learn about local issues and topics of interest to the Committee as it relates to Chesapeake Bay Program progress and policies. Member and guest speaker discussion generate consensus on issues for action and advice. Agendas are created with input from the membership and coordination of the CAC Executive Committee. Staff prepare and arrange all the logistics for meetings including hotel arrangements and meals. Committee expenses are supported by an EPA Chesapeake Bay Program grant, including member reimbursements for CAC-related travel.
Examples of CAC Work
- Highlight emerging issues for restoration
- Hosted a virtual panel on Bridging the Gaps between Environmental Quality and Environmental Health
- Highlight approaches the Bay Program partners can take to make their work relevant on the local level by increasing stakeholder engagement and tailoring communications to issues of importance to local communities
- Influence funding decisions and provide grant proposal review for the $12million Chesapeake Bay grants administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Successfully advocated for environmental education, diversity, and stewardship goals in the most recent Bay Watershed Agreement
- Influenced the creation of an extensive Best Management Practice verification system to ensure pollution practices are employed and functioning as intended
- Advocating for full funding of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program