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About Kate Fritz

Kate is the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Her interest in the Chesapeake extends beyond her love of kayaking and fishing, and has led her to many volunteer opportunities locally. She is a certified Master Watershed Steward, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy (WAS).

Pennsylvania State Director Honored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences As Outstanding Recent Alumnae

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Pennsylvania State Director, Jenna Mitchell, was recently selected as one of five to be honored with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize the alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact

Welcoming Two New Board Members

In July 2019, the Alliance's Board of Directors welcomed two new Board members to our 21 person Board! Please join us in welcoming Jenn Jackson (Virginia) and Matt McGehrin (Maryland). Jenn Jackson has been with Capital One Financial Services for 20 years. She currently serves as the Business Risk Officer in Capital One’s Office of

Experiencing River Rally & Honoring A River Hero

I had the honor of attending the River Network’s 20th Annual River Rally conference this past June in Cleveland, Ohio. It was timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of famed Cuyahoga River fire. I learned over the course of the three day conference how pivotal this fire was to the creation of the 1970 Clean Water

An Inspired Night with the Alliance at our first Wild and Scenic Film Festival!

Thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit is my favorite temperature to go hiking. It’s brisk, it’s invigorating, and your heart rate goes up just enough to make you nice and warm under all your layers. Over the weekend, I went for a hike at one of my favorite local spots near Annapolis, MD with my best hiking buddies,

Resolve to do the best you can to advance clean water in 2018

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program As we start to turn the page on 2017, I wanted to brainstorm some ideas for resolutions we can share as a community for 2018. The new year is a time to reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished in the past year and to

Celebrating A Dozen Chesapeake Watershed Forums

Attendees gather around a tree while Craig Highfield, ACB Director of Forestry Programs, teaches them about winter tree identification. By Kate Fritz, Executive Director It always feels like returning home when I drive through the gates at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. And this year was no different.  

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Responds to Threat to Eliminate EPA Funding

Media Contact: Marissa Spratley Email: mspratley@allianceforthebay.org Office: 443-949-0575  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Responds to Threat to Eliminate EPA Funding (Annapolis, MD – March 17, 2017) Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Executive Director Albert H. Todd issued the following statement today in response to the FY18 Budget Blueprint released yesterday by the

Alliance Board of Directors Adopt Diversity and Inclusion Resolution

Board Resolution on Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion* Whereas, A commitment to bringing a diversity of voices together to find solutions is central to the identity and strength of the Alliance. It is our belief that a broad base of participation, reflecting all segments of society, is needed to be successful in the

Alliance honors Environmental Leaders on its 45th Anniversary

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was founded in 1971 by a diverse group of citizens concerned about the declining health of their beloved Chesapeake Bay. They represented business, agriculture, conservation, academia, and government. Originally named “The Citizens Program for the Chesapeake,” this group was a catalyst for creation of today’s Chesapeake

Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee

The Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee held its first meeting in January 2016. The Alliance’s Executive Director Al Todd serves on this advisory group formed to help Maryland develop a nutrient trading and offsets policy to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay while reducing costs to local governments and citizens. Trading and

A New Initiative for Businesses

Dominion employees after volunteering at a Project Clean Stream site. Everyone has a role to play in Bay restoration, especially the business community. While many businesses are keenly focused on their sustainability efforts, some businesses in the watershed are beginning to expand their role in supporting Chesapeake Bay restoration. To make the connection

It’s Time To Put More Focus on Watershed’s Healthy Streams

A view of the Nanticoke River and it’s countless winding tributaries. Photo by Matt Rath/Chesapeake Bay Program. Most people understand, intuitively, that the ability to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is dependent on what we accomplish in its 64,000-square-mile watershed. The watershed is the primary focus for the improvements (best management practices)