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2022 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Join us for our in-person Watershed Forum!
November 4-6, 2022

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 17th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum (to be held in person 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 among each other, and celebrate our successes.

2022 Watershed Forum COVID Policy

Last Update: August 26, 2022

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 are expected to abide by both 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 will be managing 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 proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days prior to their arrival. Inspire Diagnostics will provide free mail-in PCR tests to all attendees with proof of insurance. When registering, click the Inspire link to receive your test. If you have questions related to testing, please provide those questions at the time of registration.

  3. If you develop symptoms while at the Forum, there is a nurse on site who can conduct a covid test.

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

Nature in Your Neighborhood: Connecting Communities to the Outdoors

Through this year’s theme, we intend to showcase the local benefits of the broader Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration movement. We will elevate tools, examples, and ideas on how to bridge the gap between local communities and their watersheds. In particular, we will highlight connections made to nature and the outdoors through recreation, public access, public health, stewardship, environmental education, advocacy, and policy. We also will consider the ways historic inequities and biases have prohibited certain populations, notably low income and communities of color, from accessing and connecting with their local waterways. We look to elevate these issues and demonstrate how to address them in a meaningful and lasting way.


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 is SOLD OUT, but Virtual Registration is OPEN!

The forum quickly sold out this year. Did you miss the opportunity to register? Live-stream from the comfort of your office or home.

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay offers a limited number of scholarships for the 2022 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 11: Session Request for Proposals Opens
  • June 8: Session Request for Proposals Closes
  • June 29: Poster Session Request for Proposals Opens
  • July 27: Sessions selected and speakers contacted
  • July 29: Poster Session Request for Proposals Closes
  • August 5: Final confirmation by all speakers and session descriptions, titles, and bios from speakers.
  • August 22: Registration and Scholarship Application Opens
  • September 12: Scholarship Applications Due
  • September 19: Scholarship recipients announced.
  • September 23: Registration Closes
  • September 28: Speaker webinar
  • October 17 – 28: Speaker run-of-show practice sessions
  • November 4 – 6: 2022 Chesapeake Watershed Forum. See you in West Virginia!

Thank you to our 2022 Watershed Forum Sponsors!

Oak Sponsors


Red Maple Sponsors

Chesapeake Bay Trust Logo

River Birch Sponsors

Conservation Services, Inc.

Redbud Sponsors

Pawpaw Sponsors

Want to get involved?

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

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