Chesapeake Watershed Forum


12th Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People

November 3 – 5, 2017 // National Conservation Training Center // Shepherdstown, WV

This year’s theme, Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People was chosen so that we may explore the connection between the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and its effect on the communities that live within the watershed.

Registration for the 2017 Chesapeake Watershed Forum is SOLD OUT!


NEW this year! Sunday half-day workshops designed to delve deeper into specific issues surrounding Chesapeake restoration. Click on the link below for a preview of what is being planned for Sunday morning.

General Agenda: View the weekend agenda here.

Workshops: View the workshop descriptions here.

Half-Day Workshops: View the half-day workshop descriptions here.

Poster Session Descriptions: View the poster session descriptions here.

View the presenters bios here.Presenter Biographies:

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sacoby Wilson Ph.D., M.S. has been invited as the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.

Read Dr. Wilson’s full bio here.


Each year the Watershed Forum has seven tracks that attendees can follow based on their interest. The seven tracks are:

1. Restoration Science & Practice
2. Watershed Conservation
3. Planning & Regulation
4. Organizational Development & Fundraising
5. Chesapeake Forests
6. Communications & Advocacy
7. Citizen & Community Engagement

You can follow a track that interests you, or you can mix and match based on each workshop session!

Forest Champions

We will announce our 2017 Chesapeake Forest Champions at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!

The purpose of this contest is to recognize the outstanding efforts of groups and individuals from around the bay watershed to conserve, restore, and celebrate Chesapeake forests. The contest is open to all including landowners, community groups, nonprofits, forestry and natural resource professionals, schools, youth organizations, businesses, public agencies and others working in rural, suburban and urban areas. If you know any group or individual who is doing outstanding work for forests, as a volunteer or professional, please nominate them!

Winners will be recognized at the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum on November 3rd, in Shepherdstown, WV. Registration, food and lodging expenses at the Forum will be covered for contest awardees.

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.

2016 Demographic Survey Results


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.

We also have our very own Snapchat geo-filter for this years Chesapeake Watershed Forum! Make sure to snap some selfies with our filter, and post them on social media with the hashtag #ChesForum for a chance to win a prize!



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If you have any questions regarding the Chesapeake Watershed Forum please contact Lou Etgen.

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Lou Etgen Deputy and Maryland State Director, Maryland & DC Office

Lou is the Alliance's Program Director for Maryland and the District of Columbia. Lou oversees all Maryland and DC program staff, as well as manages a variety of projects around the region, including the Chesapeake Watershed Forum.

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