The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will hold the 17th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV on November 4 – 6, 2022. This watershed-wide event reaches over 400 restoration and conservation practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action towards clean water.

Our theme: “Nature in Your Neighborhood: Connecting Communities to the Outdoors”

Through this year’s theme, we intend to showcase the local benefits of the broader Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration movement. We will elevate tools, examples, and ideas on how to bridge the gap between local communities and their watersheds. In particular, we will highlight connections made to nature and the outdoors through recreation, public access, public health, stewardship, environmental education, advocacy, and policy. We also will consider the ways historic inequities and biases have prohibited certain populations, notably low income and communities of color, from accessing and connecting with their local waterways. We look to elevate these issues and demonstrate how to address them in a meaningful and lasting way.


The Planning Committee is now accepting session proposals for this year’s Watershed Forum

We are looking for a combination of theme-related sessions that spotlight a case study or introduce new, innovative, and/or hot topics or more in-depth presentations that facilitate discussion and application to activities and organizations at the local level.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Friday, June 3, 2022