Breakfast on the Bay

A signature live talk series that celebrates the companies, communities, and conservationists who live, work and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Here at the Alliance, we love partnerships. In fact, since 1971, we have been uniting like-minded individuals and organizations in our mission to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Each live talk is designed to explore the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay watershed (virtually!) and the impact we can have on the health of the Bay.

From The Archives

Native Plants

Did you know: rain washes chemicals and fertilizers into our streams, rivers, and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Once in our waterways, these pollutants fuel the growth of excess algae, which clouds the water and threatens the health of fish, crabs, and the entire Chesapeake Bay. One of the easiest ways for us to reduce our pollution contribution to the Chesapeake Bay is to replace some of our lawn and typical landscapes with native plants.

The Alliance’s DC Green Infrastructure Projects Associate, Jordan Gochenaur, and our partner at Chesapeake Bay Landscape Pro, Beth Ginter, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to learn how you can utilize native plants.

Breakfast on the Bay has provided the opportunity for us to connect with so many communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In fact, the series kicked off in spring 2021, and in case you missed them, recordings from past events are below. Enjoy!

As a retired professor from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Dr. Walter Boynton is a scientific storyteller. Since 1975, Walter’s research has focused on estuarine ecology, specifically, issues related to eutrophication (the excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, washing off from land), and ecosystem restoration. For almost 50 years, Walter has been helping lead the research efforts on what ails the Chesapeake Bay – and has been doing so with humor and optimism!

Taking place at the newly renovated Annapolis Maritime Museum in the Maritime Republic of Eastport, Maryland, this edition of Breakfast on the Bay provides an overview and history of the ecology, actions, and policies related to the Chesapeake Bay, from where we started to where we are now. Join Walter Boynton and Kate Fritz, CEO of the Alliance, for what was a humorous and engaging walk down memory lane.


In 1972, River and Trail Outfitters began as a family-run outfitter dedicated to providing a safe and professional outdoor experience for people of all ages in the Harpers Ferry region. Two generations later, they offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures, from canoeing to ziplining. One of their popular youth development programs is the River Quest Field School, where students come to learn about water quality and ecology right on the water!


Farmer, conservationist, and award-winning writer Bobby Whitescarver, and ninth-generation farmer Jeanne Hoffman are in the process of implementing best management practices on their new farm in America’s legendary Shenandoah Valley.

The Alliance’s Capacity Building Director, Jenny McGarvey, sat down with Bobby and Jeanne on July 8 for an exclusive tour and a live Q+A with these passionate, conservation-minded farmers.


As the longest-tenured program at the Alliance, the Forest program has worked collaboratively to improve forest health, create new forests and tree canopy, inform and support private woodland owners, and communicate to the public the benefits provided by the woodlands and trees in our landscape.

Join the Alliance’s Pennsylvania Forests Projects Manager, Ryan Davis, for a live tour of the many species of trees in and around one of our riparian forest buffers.


What is the most important ingredient to brewing beer? Clean water. Alewerks brewers work hard to craft balanced, nuanced beers that are faithful to their traditional style; the result is a diverse portfolio of consistent quality that keeps people coming back year after year.


RiverTrends aims to educate community members about their impact on water quality and to track conditions of waterways in Virginia flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteer monitors see firsthand how local actions impact their waterways, then use this knowledge to encourage others to be stewards of their rivers and surrounding lands, while providing valuable baseline water quality data.


Breakfast on the Bay Partners