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2023 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Join us for our annual Watershed Forum November 3-5, 2023!

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 18th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV, 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 with others, and celebrate our successes.

2023 Watershed Forum COVID Policy

Last Update: January 26, 2023

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) are committed to the safety of the staff, speakers, and all conference attendees. All staff, presenters, and attendees must abide by the Alliance’s and NCTC’s COVID-related policies. The following policies and procedures are in place to ensure all who visit the campus understand how we manage operations with your safety in mind. Requirements related to the wearing of masks will depend upon Jefferson county’s COVID-19 Community Level at the time of the Forum.

  1. Please read the NCTC COVID-19 information page in its entirety.
  2. All in-person attendees of the Chesapeake Watershed Forum must provide electronic or written proof of a negative COVID test taken by a medical professional or pharmacist within three days before arrival.
  3. If you develop symptoms at the Forum, there is a nurse on site that can conduct a covid test.

All COVID policies are subject to change based on local, state, and federal regulations or CDC recommended best practices.

DEI Commitments

We at the Alliance commit to holding ourselves accountable to this statement and fostering a welcoming, inclusive experience at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum.

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In-person Registration

Registration for the 2023 forum will open in August. Please check back for updates.

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay offers a limited number of scholarships for the 2023 Chesapeake Watershed Forum registration. 

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Sponsor the Forum

Drawing in over 400 professionals, a Forum sponsorship places your brand or organization front and center as an action-oriented advocate for clean water and resilient lands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Your sponsorship directly supports the convening of this important watershed-wide event.

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Important dates

  • April 10: Session Request for Proposals Opens
  • June 7: Session Request for Proposals Closes
  • June 28: Poster Session Request for Proposals Opens
  • July 24: Sessions selected and speakers contacted
  • July 28: Poster Session Request for Proposals Closes
  • August 2: Final confirmation by all speakers and session descriptions, titles, and bios from speakers.
  • August 21: Registration and Scholarship Application Opens
  • September 11: Scholarship Applications Due
  • September 18: Scholarship recipients announced.
  • September 22: Registration Closes
  • September 27: Speaker webinar
  • October 16 – 27: Speaker run-of-show practice sessions
  • November 3 – 5: 2023 Chesapeake Watershed Forum. See you in West Virginia!

Thank you to our 2022 Watershed Forum Sponsors!

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Want to get involved?

Contact Jenny McGarvey to find out more about the Chesapeake Watershed Forum.

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