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Chesapeake Watershed Forum

We are excited to announce the 19th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum  scheduled for October 18 – 20, 2024.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 19th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, which will be 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. We look forward to seeing you in October!


Our theme for 2024 is “Making It Last: Proven Tactics for Building Enduring Projects, Partnerships, and Organizations.”

Grant funding, budget cycles, terms of elected office, legislative policies, and other externalities are key drivers that heavily influence our collective conservation and restoration efforts. As such, many projects, partnerships, and organizations operate by necessity within 2 to 5-year timelines that parallel these cyclical processes. These abbreviated timelines, however, rarely set us up to create the lasting and positive impact necessary to equitably and inclusively engage all people who live, work, and play in the region and restore the lands and waters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

With this year’s theme, we seek to showcase the projects, partnerships, and organizations that have continued to flourish for at least five years after establishment. We hope to learn about scientific research, technology, alternative funding streams, internal and external capacity building, community engagement techniques, and other approaches that foster their long-term success.

The Alliance is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all partnerships and recognizes that systems have historically left out underrepresented communities. Therefore, we will emphasize partnerships that prioritize equity and justice in their decision-making processes and elevate examples of long-term partnerships that are committed to creating equitable and sustainable solutions for all.

Session Request for Proposals

The Request for Proposals for Sessions for the 2024 Chesapeake Watershed Forum has closed. Proposals are currently under review.

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In-Person and Virtual Registration

General in-person registration will open the first week of August and virtual registration will open in September. 

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We are currently planning the 2024 Forum. Scholarship applications and registrations will open the first week of August. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

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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Poster Session

The goal of the poster session is to provide the opportunity for individual presenters to share their work and/or research findings in a visual format with conference attendees. This is a juried event, with awards for the best poster in the new professional and professional categories.

The Poster Session Request for Proposals is now open! The submission deadline is Friday, July 12, 2024.

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Important dates

We are currently planning the 2024 Forum. Below are dates to be aware of. We will be continuously updating as we move closer to the Forum. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

  • April 1:  Request for Session Proposals opens
  • May 24:  Session Proposals due (extended deadline)
  • July 3: Poster Session Request for Proposals opens
  • July 12: Poster Session Request for Proposals due
  • July 29:  Early Bird Registration for Speakers Opens
  • August 5: General Registration Opens. Registration will open at 8:00 AM and remain open until a specific number of spots have been filled. We will then close registration for the day while we work our forum magic getting rooms assigned. Registration will reopen on Wednesday, August 7, at 8:00 AM, remaining open until we meet our daily capacity. If room is still available, we will have a third opportunity to register on Friday, August 9.

Thank you to our 2024 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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