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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).

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)

Champions to the Chesapeake Honored

Alliance for the Chesapeake will present Top 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards at “Taste of the Chesapeake” on September 15   (Annapolis, MD – August 2015) – Every year the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay honors those who have made a difference in Chesapeake Bay restoration.  This year, the Alliance will recognize five outstanding Chesapeake environmental leaders

New Smartphone App Lets You Collect & Share Catch Data – for Fun & Conservation!

The following is an excerpt from Chesapeake Catch Press Release by The Hatcher Group   21 April 2015   With the opening day of rockfish season upon us, recreational fishing and conservation organizations are urging Maryland anglers to use a new website and smartphone app to record their catch and share important data about

Chesapeake RiverWise Congregations

Volunteers coming together before planting at All Saints Lutheran Church Written by Lou Etgen & Jodi Rose   One thing most have come to accept more and more in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is that future success will require broad support from and actions by all sectors of the Chesapeake Watershed

Regional Leaders Sign New Chesapeake Watershed Agreement

Click the cover above to view the final 2014 Bay Agreement. New landmark 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement includes a new set of goals that will advance restoration and protection of the Bay, its tributaries and lands surrounding the watershed. The Agreement addresses continuing water quality and land use challenges and also confronts