Tuesday 26 September 2017

Events (5)

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Board Chair Bob Gallagher is opening his home for the 1st annual In Defense of Water event to benefit Waterkeepers Chesapeake. Thanks to Bob, the Host Committee and you, Waterkeepers Chesapeake will raise much needed funds for the protection of clean water throughout the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays region.

Donation levels:

  • Friend $100
  • Sponsor $250
  • Protector $500
  • Defender $750
  • Champion $1000

Thank You to the Host Committee

Bob Gallagher, Chair

Robin Broder

Virginia Clagett

Dan Furmansky

Verna Harrison

Mitchelle Stephenson

Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper

Jeff Holland, West-Rhode Riverkeeper

Fred Kelly, Severn Riverkeeper

Prefer to send a check? Mail to: Waterkeepers Chesapeake, P.O. Box 11075, Takoma Park, MD 20913-1075

Questions? robin(at)waterkeeperschesapeake.org. As a designated 501(c)3 Maryland-registered charitable organization, your contributions are tax-deductible.


Get Out On the Water with Our Waterkeepers!

The 2017 season of Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH events will take place on waterways across the United States. The series supports local Waterkeeper organizations by engaging community members and outdoor enthusiasts in events comprised of water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and much more. In addition to several SPLASH events in our region, our Waterkeepers offer other on-the-water experiences. Check them out!

Potomac Riverkeeper Network's RiverPalooza, June 3 - Sept 24

RiverPalooza runs through the summer and offers 14 paddling and on-the-water events with Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls in partnership with the National Park Service and the region’s best outfitters. RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Dayat Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. Several of the paddle trips go along the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. They will wrap it all up with a Stand Up for Clean Water Celebration on September 24th, to recognize World Rivers Day and the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Proceeds of RiverPalooza benefits Potomac Riverkeeper Network.

More info => http://www.prknetwork.org/riverpalooza-2017/

James River Rundown with Lower & Upper James Riverkeepers, June 24 - 25

Join Upper James Riverkeeper Pat Calvert and and Lower James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow for the James River Rundown, a series of canoe, kayak, and SUP races running through the heart of Virginia on the scenic James River. The James River Association is organizing a two-day 120-mile race, 50-mile race, 25-mile race, and 5-mile fun float for this year’s event. Competitors will race through weather, natural features, and fatigue to reach the finish line at Goochland County’s Tucker Park. A post-race celebration featuring food, beverage, live music from Sturgeon City, and programming offered by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will be held at Tucker Park on Sunday, June 25th. Proceeds from the James River Rundown support the Upper and Lower James Riverkeepers.

More info => http://www.jamesriverrundown.org

Tred Avon Paddle-Jam with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, June 24

On Saturday, June 24, join Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Jeff Hortsman, Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals for the Tred Avon Paddle-Jam that brings paddling and poker together! Paddlers will launch kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards from Easton Point Marina to enjoy a six-mile paddle on the Tred Avon River. Along the paddle route, paddlers can pick up poker cards and the winning hands receive prizes. Paddlers will end back at Easton Point Marina, where there will be live music, food trucks, beverages, and great prizes. Proceeds benefit Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

More info => http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org/event/tred-avon-paddle-jam/

Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play Event with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, July 22

Join Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan and show your love for your ‘Hanna on Saturday, July 22, at the Second Annual Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle & Play at Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport. Adventurous river rats will start their day with an 11-mile paddle on the West Branch with their Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, launching near Lock Haven and landing at the state park, to be treated to an afternoon of riverside music, storytelling, interactive environmental education, regional foods, and family-friendly activities. End your day with a cruise aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat as we travel on the Mighty Susquehanna to engage in bird watching and river reflecting.

More info => middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org.

More On the Water Events!

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy's Tour the Shore Kayak Adventure Series, May to September 2017

Anacostia Riverkeeper's River Explorers Tours, June - July

West Rhode Riverkeeper's ChesaTreks tour at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary by Canoe, June 17

Chester Riverkeeper's Swim for Life, July 17

Assateague Coastkeeper's Float for the Coast to protest offshore drilling, August 18


Our Waterkeepers will have more events throughout the summer and fall months so check our calendar as we continue to add events.

What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March.

In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman and Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined Spring of Light and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on 3 Saturdays in April. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making led by visual artist Caryl Henry Alexander. Blue totems were created to represent the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water at the People’s Climate March.

On the eve of the march, the 30 totems were brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point. Waterkeepers from across the region and nation brought water that was joined together for a moving and inspirational blessing of the waters ceremony. The water collected represented waters from as far away as the Cook Inlet in Alaska and the Puget Sound.

Rabiah Al Nur of Spring of Light and Linda Velarde, a curandera from New Mexico, traveled on Anacostia Riverkeeper’s boat across the river gathering water along the way. Penny Gamble-Williams opened the circle with a Wampanoag wind blessing. Coracão Dance Collective, a local African dance group, performed a dance in honor of water. Then Linda joined her husband Guillermo in an Aztec dance and Rabiah led a circle dance. The evening closed with an amazing light display from the Detroit Light Brigade.

Over 200,000 people marched in the People’s Climate March in DC. As part of the Water Protector section of the march, the Waterkeepers were a sea of blue, with the 30 totems and a huge Great Blue Heron from Assateague Coastkeeper. The visual display was very effective in connecting what we all hold dear -- clean and ample water resources -- to the climate movement. In addition, our Spring of Light and Ecohermanas partners brought our water to the march to be joined with waters from across the nation and world.

The water ceremonies and the march were beautiful, hopeful moments. We are grateful to our local partners for sharing their commitment to building community and healing our waters at this critical time. We look forward to future collaborations. We thank Shelby Kalm of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Sonia Keiner of Patuxent Riverkeeper for taking the lead in planning the events with our partners.

Together, Waterkeepers will work with our local communities, Indigenous Nations, workers, faith communities, NGOs, and many others to resist the federal administration’s attempt to roll back clean water protections, and to build a clean water and clean energy future that works for everyone.

Check out our photos on Flickr:

Honoring Our Water Ceremony April 28, 2017

People's Climate March, April 29, 2017


Watch this great video by Sandy Cannnon-Brown

Chesapeake Waterkeepers Join Peoples Climate March from Sandy Cannon-Brown on Vimeo.


Of all the wonders that make the earth our favorite planet, clean water is the most beautiful and vital source of life.   

Anyone who appreciates beauty can appreciate the Chesapeake Bay, and the need to protect its habitats.  We have partnered with glassybaby, a small business that creates gorgeous, hand-blown votive candleholders in hundreds of colors and donates 10 percent of all sales to help people, animals, and the planet heal.glassybaby chesapeake 3

One of glassybaby’s newest colors, named “chesapeake,” is inspired by the beauty of the Bay. On each sale, 10 percent of the proceeds of ‘chesapeake’ will be donated to Waterkeeper’s Chesapeake to support the work of the 19 Waterkeepers from around the Chesapeake. You can get your glassybaby votive at the upcoming glassybaby pop up show. 

Join us! 

Tuesday, April 25 • 4pm - 8pm

5218 Springlake Way, Baltimore, MD 21212

10 percent of sales from this event will be donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake.

Can’t make it? Between April 25 and May 2, visit www.glassybaby.com to order. Please enter giving code ‘waterkeepers’ to receive free shipping (10% of your online order will be donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake). 

Sacred Water Ceremonies & People's Climate March

People from across the nation are coming to Washington, DC on April 29 for a day of global climate action. The People’s Climate March, planned by an alliance that includes climate scientists, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, labor unions, indigenous groups, and citizen activists, is expected to attract millions to the nation’s capital as well as companion marches across the country and around the world.

The march will take place starting at 9 a.m. on April 29 at locations near the White House, National Mall and the United States Capitol. For more info, go to: peoplesclimate.org

In the weeks before the March, local Potomac, Anacostia and Patuxent Riverkeepers joined Spring of Light, and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on Saturdays beginning April 1. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making to bring the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water to the People’s Climate March.

The artwork created at each event will be brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point on April 28 from 6 to 9 PM — the night before the climate march with Waterkeepers from across the region and nation. For more info, go to Facebook event page.

Water Ceremony- Friday, April 28th at 6 PM
  • Friday night please attend the sacred Water Ceremony  at Poplar Point (1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington, DC). See map below.
  • Please bring a sample of water from your local watershed. This doesn't need to be much, you can bring some in a small cup or vial (please no alcoholic containers).

People's Climate March- Saturday, April 29th at 10 AM
  • On Saturday morning, we will meet at the small fountain at Bartholdi Park, United States Botanical Garden at 10 AM (where Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW meet).
  • In the event of a government shutdown and area closures, we will meet at the corner of Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW. Look for the group with the colorful totems for the Patuxent, Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. 
  • Traffic will be very congested. We recommend using Metro (Orange/Blue lines at Capitol South or Federal Center SW).
  • After we meet up, we will walk to the Capitol building to line up for the March! Line up starts at 11 AM.
Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!- Sunday, April 30th from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Just in case you feel like there aren't enough great events to get involved with, Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake will be speaking at Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!
  • Scenario 300 is a strategy for going from a dangerous 406 ppm (parts per million) to a safer 300 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
  • You can register for the event here.

Spring of Light: Rabiah is a medicinewoman whose Native American roots frame her work. She is called upon to facilitate ceremonies and women’s circles as well as opening blessings at conferences, retreats, and gatherings. Visit Spring of Light online.

EcoHermanas is a community of women that weaves and reconnects communities to Mother Earth. Visit EcoHermanas online.

Thank you to the Town Creek Foundation for supporting our water ceremonies and participation in the People's Climate March.

Please make a donation to support these ceremonies.






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