Our Conference

June 4-5, 2013
Baltimore, MD

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Clean Water Works

Learn about the newest clean water solutions at the local, state and federal levels. Join local watershed organizations, clean water advocates, and government officials for panels, workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities.

Come hear how Baltimore is using green infrastructure investments to enhance neighborhood quality of life, flooding mitigation, and drive job creation. Baltimore provides examples of how communities can reconnect to their local waters.

For additional information or a scholarship application, contact Deb Kleiner, 443-759-3409 or

9:30 AM 


John C. Racanelli, CEO, National Aquarium

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM



Plenary: Two sides of the same coin: cost effective clean water practices and financing at the local level 

Presenters: Hye Yeong Kwon, Center for Watershed Protection and Joanne Throwe, Environmental Finance Center

Hye Yeong Kwon's Presentaion is here.

Joanne Throwe's presentation is here.

11:00 AM -  12:00 PM

Panels and workshops

  • Panel - Stormwater utility campaigns. Moderator: Andy Galli, Clean Water Action
  • Workshop - Grassroots organizing to impact policy change and build power, Presenter: Charly Carter, Progress Public Policy Research & Advocacy. 
          Charly Carter's presentation is here. 
  • Panel - Protecting the Susquehanna River and impacts on jobs Moderator: John Arway, PA Fish and Boat Commission

          John Arway presentation is here.

          John Stygler's presentation is here.

          Mel Zimmerman's presentation is here.

  • Panel - Leveraging funding for agricultural conservation practices, Moderator: Jack E. Frye, Chesapeake Bay Commission (VA) 
          Jenn Volt's presentation is here.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Sacoby Wilson, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, Health (CEEJH), Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland-College Park

Sacoby Wilson's presentation is here

1:15 - 2:15 PM 

Plenary Session - Baltimore's Healthy Harbor Initiative and Connecting with Communities
Moderator: Cheryl Casciani, Baltimore Community Foundation

 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Field Trips
  • Learn about the environmental restoration at Fort McHenry
  • Get a behind the scenes tour of the Port of Baltimore
  • Visit Masonville Cove, an urban wilderness conservation area
  • Kayak on an urban waterway and learn about Watershed 263
  • See what neighborhoods are doing to green their communities and an urban farm
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Tour National Aquarium and see floating wetlands
7:00 PM

Awards Dinner at National Aquarium

Speaker: Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

Keynote Speaker: Bishop Sutton, "Everything is Connected" 

The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton has been Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland since June 2008. Previously he served as Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Salons and roundtable discussions

  • Stormwater utilities best practices - Moderator: Andy Galli, Clean Water Action
  • How to implement green jobs - Moderator: Dana Stein, Baltimore Civic Works
  • Federal legislative update and how you can influence the process – Moderator: Peter Marx, Choose Clean Water Coalition
  • Best Management Practices Verification - Nick Dipasquale, US EPA, Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Drilling in Maryland – preparation for comment period Moderator: Aaron Mintzes, EarthWorks
  • Conowingo Dam - Moderator: Guy Alsentzer, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
  • Social media - Moderator: Danielle Brigida, National Wildlife Federation
  • Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay - Moderator: Ruth Berlin, Maryland Pesticide Network
  • Emerging issues in nutrient trading - Moderator: Ridgeway Hall, Chesapeake Legal Alliance

9:15 AM- 10:15 PM 


Plenary: Natural gas extraction and a changing landscape in the Chesapeake region

Moderator: Mark Szybist, PennFuture

James Schmid's presentation is here

Roberta Winters' presentation is here.

10:30 - 11:45


Plenary: Water and Human Health – What scientists and advocates need to know

Moderator: Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 


Speaker: Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

 DeMarco Factor Chart is here.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM 

Workshops and Panels
  • Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Rising to the Challenge. Moderator: Claudia Friedetzky, Sierra Club
          Marcus Griswold's presentation is here.
          Vicky Chanse's presentation is here.
  • Economic impacts of clean water implementation. Presenter: Dan Nees, Environmental Finance Center
         Dan Nees' presentation is here
  • Speed dating: Connecting faith-based groups and environmental groups. Facilitator: Dottie Yunger, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
  • Using maps and data to tell the pollution story. Presenter: John Dawes, Jr., Chesapeake Commons
2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

 Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Panel discussion with Bay Program Partners: A new Bay agreement: how will it help to protect and restore the Bay?

The modern restoration of Chesapeake Bay began in 1983 with the signing of the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The last major agreement was signed in 2000 with the key water goals set for 2010 – and missed. EPA, the six Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Commission are working on a new 2013 Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership Agreement. The Program wants to finalize the agreement this fall and have it signed at their Chesapeake Executive Council meeting. We will be hearing from Bay Program partners about this proposed new agreement.

 Nick Dipasqule's presentation is here.