The Alliance coordinates the work of Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of stakeholders from across the watershed representing interests of watershed organizations, business, agriculture, fundraisers, builders and residents. CAC Members are appointed by their respective Governors of VA, MD and PA or Mayor of DC (in the case of the District) and the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. CAC was created by Chesapeake Executive Council in 1984 with the mission is to advise the leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Program on programs and policies that impact residents who live and work in the watershed.
CAC meets quarterly to discuss progress toward the cleanup and restoration goals and learn about federal, state, and local efforts. CAC is a strong supporter of bringing the restoration effort to the local level; accountability and transparency; environmental literacy, education, and engagement; public access to waterways; enhancing diversity; and protecting clean water and natural habitats.