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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).

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

Tree Up: Community Tree Plantings in Baltimore

The Social Marketing Plan from TreeBaltimore, Tree Up, is a new way to reach non-traditional audiences in the Baltimore community with our tree planting message. Tree Ups are themed social events organized all over Baltimore where participants can have some fun and give back to the city by planting a tree. Tree Ups

Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Leadership Summit

On Thursday, June 19, federal, state and non-profit partners kicked off an initiative to accelerate the implementation of riparian forest buffers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Leadership Summit included discussions on the unique value of riparian forests in water quality and stream health, the importance of forest buffer goals

Spring Member Event on Poplar Island

Spend a day with the Alliance on a field trip to Poplar Island, a model Bay restoration and conservation site. Interpretive sign, Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island, Md. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program On Friday, April 4, we will meet at the docks on Tilghman Island (21548 Chicken Pt

Season’s Greetings, 2013

  As 2013 winds down, we can reflect on all the good that has come out of it. Looking back, it is clear the the successes of the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort has come in large part from all of our supporters- donors, partners and on-the-ground volunteers. It is thanks

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Citizen Stewardship

Volunteers & Alliance staff after the tree planting at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Fall 2013. I love the phrase, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”   Peter Levine, who wrote a book of the same name on civic renewal, cites the origin of this phrase in the poetry of

Social Marketing for Trees in Baltimore

In our efforts to increase the tree canopy of Baltimore City, the Alliance and its TreeBaltimore partners have engaged the skills of the SalterMitchell social marketing firm to determine the right path towards adding 30,000 trees/year and to help institute the early phases of the  marketing plan. To reach this number it is clear