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9 Nonprofits You Can Volunteer At to Help Save the Chesapeake Bay

Photograph by Sara Harris Photography, courtesy of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

This organization unites community groups and businesses in cleanup efforts and engages “citizen scientists” to monitor the water quality of rivers and streams.

To donate or volunteer: allianceforthebay.org.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The 49-year-old CBF reigns as the bay’s top advocate, educator, litigator, and fundraiser. Its biennial State of the Bay report grades the health of the watershed.

To donate or volunteer: cbf.org.

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Created by the Maryland General Assembly, the CBT awards grants for bay protection and restoration projects. If your car sports a TREASURE THE CHESAPEAKE license plate, you’ve already made a donation.

To donate or volunteer: cbtrust.org.

Chesapeake Conservancy

This organization connects people with the bay by cosponsoring programs such as Watermen Heritage Tours.

To donate: chesapeakeconservancy.org.

Carson Johns, 9, of Fort Meade harvests oysters at the Oyster Recovery Partnership display during Fort Meade Earth Day 2012.  Photograph by Jen Rynda/Fort George G. Meade via <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ftmeade/6947320974/">Flickr</a>.
Carson Johns, 9, of Fort Meade harvests oysters at the Oyster Recovery Partnership display during Fort Meade Earth Day 2012. Photograph by Jen Rynda/Fort George G. Meade via Flickr.

Chesapeake Legal Alliance

CLA finds and coordinates attorneys who work pro bono to represent citizens’ groups, environmental organizations, and individuals in cases involving the health of the watershed.

To donate or volunteer: chesapeakelegal.org.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

This nonprofit strives to preserve farmland and natural areas on the Eastern Shore. Its environmental-education arm exposes kids to the natural world via field trips and special programs.

To donate: eslc.org.

League of Conservation Voters

“Political voices for the environment,” the LCVs in Maryland and Virginia release annual “scorecards” rating the environmental friendliness of state political leaders.

To donate or volunteer: Maryland, mdlcv.org; Virginia, valcv.org.

Oyster Recovery Partnership

This nonprofit works to bring back the oyster population. It’s planted nearly 6 billion oysters and recycled 78,000 bushels of shells, providing homes for new oysters. (It also sells cool oyster police T-shirts online.)

To donate or volunteer: oysterrecovery.org.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake

A coalition representing 19 riverkeepers who monitor the health of the watershed’s waterways.

To donate or volunteer: waterkeeperschesapeake.com.

This article appears in our July 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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