The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 16th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum (to be held online November 4 – 5) is a watershed-wide event reaching over 400 restoration and protection practitioners to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. We share successful tools and techniques, offer lessons and learnings from on-the-ground work, build capacities of local organizations, foster partnerships, educate on new initiatives and emerging practices, network among each other, and celebrate our successes.
The year 2025 marks a historic milestone for the Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration movement. The 2010 Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) set forth necessary nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reductions to be met by the seven Bay watershed jurisdictions by 2025. Each jurisdiction has identified their strategies for meeting these water quality standards through an iterative series of Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP). Now, in the final phase of the WIPs, we have made notable progress in achieving these reductions – however, there is still much work to be done in the next four years.
Through our theme, The Future is Now: Getting to (and Moving Beyond) 2025, we consider the dualistic priorities of our time. The best practices and approaches in agriculture, stormwater, and forestry that will get us to our 2025 goals are already out there. The challenge is how do we disseminate and implement these practices and approaches efficiently, rapidly, and at scale by 2025. At the same time, we must look to and plan for our future beyond the TMDL.
Contact Jenny McGarvey to find out more about the Chesapeake Watershed Forum.