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Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

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What is Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week?

In 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Commission championed the notion of designating the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Legislation establishing the special week was enacted in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The designation encourages all Virginians “to commemorate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week with events, activities, and educational programs designed to raise awareness of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the Commonwealth, the region, and the United States.”

It was decided that Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week would have a signature event held annually on the second Saturday of June beginning in 2017. This event, called Back to the Bay, will be held this year on June 9 on Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA.

How is the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay involved?

The Alliance is a proud partner and sponsor of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week and Back to the Bay! We are also hosting and partnering on several events during the week. Check them out below! If you are interested in a full list of events across the watershed, click here.

June 1st

Lancaster Water Week: Water Week was created to celebrate the unique waterways of Lancaster County, educate the public about the challenges we face and opportunities we can create, and activate people to take action in their watersheds and communities. Water Week is packed to the gills with events for everyone from 9 to 90, and will be taking place in conjunction with Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, from June 1st to 9th. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is proud to be a sponsor of the second annual Lancaster Water Week.

June 7th

Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) meeting: The Local Government Advisory Committee meets quarterly, traveling around the Bay watershed to address different state or local priorities. This meeting will take place in Virginia on June 7th and 8th. Click here to learn more.

June 8th

Cheers to the Chesapeake: Join us at our Cheers to the Chesapeake VIP Reception on the evening of June 8th at the WestRock Corporate Office in Richmond, VA, as we kick off our partnership with the Richmond Symphony’s Festival of the River: Three Days of Art, Music and Environment. The evening will be spectacular, as we mix and mingle (Governor Northam Invited), enjoy locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine, live music, and watch the sun set over the James River from the stunning view at WestRock.

June 9th

Back to the Bay: Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week with our Back to the Bay event on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA. Back to the Bay was created to raise public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams and to engage the community and local businesses. This special day is also meant to teach families, students and educators about Bay restoration activities while as they enjoy live entertainment, local food and beverages and outdoor family-friendly activities. Click here to learn more.

Check back for more events as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week gets closer!