Clean Water Captains

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Community Leaders for Clean Water

A Clean Water Captain is one part watch dog and one part teacher. Clean Water Captains know their watersheds—which creeks and streams are impaired and why. Captains build consensus and provide constructive feedback at local meetings regarding land use, zoning variances, etc. Captains are well connected in their communities and have relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials. Most importantly, a Clean Water Captain has the passion and commitment, as well as approximately eight hours a month, to help CBF save the Bay.

Why are they needed? Over the next several months, localities in Virginia and across the Chesapeake Bay region will be putting together local clean-up plans to reduce pollution now going into local creeks, streams, and rivers. This local pollution, of course, ultimately produces Chesapeake Bay pollution when it flows downstream. To clean up the Bay, the EPA and Virginia have devised a pollution blueprint that calls for dramatic reductions in pollution, statewide and at the local level. It's now up to 39 localities across Virginia to determine how best to reduce this local stream pollution to implement the blueprint.

Some national, regional, and local interests are attacking the Bay clean-up plan, calling it too costly, too rushed, or an unfunded federal mandate. Some seem intent on delaying or completely derailing the cleanup. That’s where the leadership of clean water captains comes in. Their voices are needed to bring balance to the discussions and to ensure that local clean water advocates are at the table pushing for practical but effective clean-up plans.

Join us today!
Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay?
Do you have a few hours to spare?
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What Does a Clean Water Captain Do?

Ultimately, Captains will help:

  • educate members of their community, including
  • speak to garden clubs, watershed groups, civic, and faith-based organizations about the clean-up plan and how individuals can participate in restoring local watersheds,
  • engage volunteers in grassroots activities,
  • seek out opportunities to speak with elected officials,
  • build coalitions with like-minded organizations, and
  • use the media to ensure the EPA, our states, and our localities make good decisions that restore the Bay.
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