Chesapeake Watershed Forum


14th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Better Together: Diverse and Innovative Collaborations for the Chesapeake Watershed

November 15 – 17, 2019 // National Conservation Training Center // Shepherdstown, WV


Registration for the 2019 Chesapeake Watershed Forum is now closed!

About the Chesapeake Watershed Forum

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 14th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum (held November 15 – 17, 2019 in Shepherdstown, WV) is a watershed-wide event reaching over 400 restoration and protection practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. We share successful tools and techniques, build capacities of local organizations and governments, foster partnerships, educate on new initiatives, network among each other, and celebrate our successes.

Our theme for 2019, “Better Together: Diverse and Innovative Collaborations for the Chesapeake Watershed,” intends to highlight collaborative models from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that accelerate the protection and restoration of its lands and waters. We seek to understand what gives these collaborations staying power, to explore new roles for the veterans of the Chesapeake Bay restoration movement, to identify opportunities to engage non-traditional stakeholders and work cross-sectors, and to learn how to strengthen partnerships by following the principles of equity in order to create a diverse and inclusive movement.

2019 Agenda

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mamie Parker, Principal with Ecologix Group and Chair of the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries Commission

Presentation title: “Better Together with a Change in Climate”

This year’s sessions focus in eight different categories:

  • Organizational Development
  • Science & Restoration
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Innovative Collaborations
  • Environmental Education
  • Workforce Development
  • Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative

Intensive Seminars

This year we are offering nine intensive seminars on Saturday morning. These intensives are an opportunity for Forum participants to delve deep into an area of interest, be it a field trip, training, or networking opportunity. As with last year, you must sign-up during registration to participate in an intensive seminar.

View Agenda (PDF)
View Session Descriptions (PDF)

The Chesapeake Forest Champions contest is now closed

Thank you for your nominations for the Chesapeake Forest Champions! We will select this year’s winners in early October.

Winners will be recognized at the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum at the award ceremony on Friday, November 15.

Chesapeake Collective

Chesapeake Collective continues to develop with an increasing presence at this year’s Forum. The Chesapeake Collective is an intentional effort to create a space for a range of diverse voices and narratives to be expressed, shared, and incorporated into the broader conversation about our common vision for a healthy, flourishing, and resilient watershed.  While it certainly does not include all of the multiple voices and stories that make our watershed whole, it does provide a platform and an open invitation to those voices and stories that are often overpowered by the dominant narrative or left out of the conversation around holistic, interdependent watersheds and communities.  Chesapeake Collective recognizes and celebrates our watershed-wide diversity as a source of strength and the foundation for the type of social movement it will take to meet our collective restoration goals.


The Forum is a highly social event where peers can network with other groups facing similar challenges, and be inspired to continue the work of preserving and restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To help facilitate this offsite, we’re expanding our efforts to promote the Forum on social media websites. Make sure to follow along with our Forum developments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #ChesForum.

2019 Sponsors

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If you have any questions regarding the Chesapeake Watershed Forum please contact Jenny McGarvey.

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Jenny McGarvey Senior Program Manager, Virginia Office

Jenny is a senior program manager based in the Alliance’s Virginia office. She serves a dual managerial role over the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, ForumPlus, and Chesapeake Network, and aspects of our Chesapeake Forest program.

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