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Our Story

History of the Alliance

In 1971, a group of concerned citizens, representing business, agriculture, conservation, academia, and government began gathering to discuss the declining “state of the Bay” and a lack of political commitment to address it. They formed a coalition called “The Citizens Program for the Chesapeake Bay” and brought regional leaders together to discuss a coordinated approach to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

The Alliance remains dedicated to restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s rivers and streams through partnerships, collaboration, and individual and community stewardship.

While the Bay is improving, the challenges to protect, restore, and sustain it are more challenging than ever and today, the Alliance and its mission are more relevant than ever. Our reputation as an honest broker and neutral voice; a source of accurate, unbiased information makes us unique and clearly distinguishes us from other regional environmental organizations. With the strength and support of our members, Board, and staff, the Alliance will continue to be a strong regional leader for decades to come.

For more detail, see this abridged history of the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration effort.

50 Stories for 50 Years

We celebrated the Alliance’s 50th anniversary in 2021, by creating 50 stories featuring individuals, projects, ideas, places, and partnerships. These stories represent five decades of restored lands and waters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and we’re excited to continue sharing them.

Read Our 50 Stories

What Sets Us Apart at the Alliance?

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Passionate Team of Experts

The Alliance family is over 60 team members strong and growing. We’re a passionate group of technical subject matter experts with a vested interest in protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Bringing Upstream Solutions to Fruition

Four strategically placed offices allow us to connect and develop relationships with the Bay’s unique communities. Our locations position the Alliance to work upstream where the Bay needs us the most.

Together, We Go Further

Our collaborative approach works across sectors and regions, uniting communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters.

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Our Strategy

The Alliance brings together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters. We envision clean streams and rivers flowing through resilient landscapes, cared for by the people who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Our Team

With offices in Annapolis, MD, Lancaster, PA, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, the Alliance implements local programs that connect people to their local rivers and streams. 

Meet the Alliance Team