Drew Robinson

Former Digital Advocacy and Outreach Manager

Drew Robinson with his wife, Heather, and dog, Sparky, at the mouth of the Magothy River in Annapolis, MD.

Drew Robinson serves as CBF's Digital Advocacy and Outreach Manager. When not assembling action alerts, sending e-mails to members, or writing "This Week in the Watershed," he enjoys getting out in the field telling stories of Bay savers in action.

Hailing from the Garden State, he attained his love for the environment on frequent camping trips on the way to earning his Eagle Scout. After graduating from Dickinson College, Drew taught English on the small island of Pohnpei, Micronesia and led a multi-state campaign organizing young Evangelicals towards greater awareness and activism addressing environmental stewardship and climate change.

In his free time Drew loves reading history books and playing and watching sports, particularly the New York Yankees and Rutgers football. His favorite spot on the Bay is the mouth of the Magothy River, which he visits frequently on evening strolls with his wife, Heather, son, Nathaniel, and energetic dog, Sparky.

Drew is no longer at CBF.


Drew's Posts

  • This Month in the Watershed: A Climate for Change

    October 30, 2019

    Climate change might be a global problem, but we are feeling the impacts here at home.

  • The Bulldozers Are Winning

    October 2, 2019

    Forests are one of our most valuable resources in our work towards clean water. But despite their value, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate in Maryland's Anne Arundel County.

  • This Month in the Watershed: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

    September 30, 2019

    Collaboration and teamwork are critical when working towards a goal as complex and challenging as saving the Bay.

  • A Watershed Moment

    May 31, 2019

    The Bay's recovery is fragile. And we are at a pivotal time to save the Bay.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Slap in the Face

    March 15, 2019

    Whether on cable news, your social media feed, or at the family dinner table, political bickering feels inescapable. But across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, individuals of all political persuasions can all agree on one topic–clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Bulldozers Are Waiting

    March 1, 2019

    It’s a scene that’s far too common. A fleet of gas-guzzling bulldozers flatten acres of high-value, mature, and healthy forest. In a flash, decades, even centuries, of nature’s hard work is reduced to stumps and mud.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Bay's Cornerstone

    February 22, 2019

    Following decades of restoration work, we are making progress restoring the Bay's native oyster population. And two pieces of legislation before the Maryland General Assembly would take restoration efforts even further.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Exposing Our Values

    February 15, 2019

    There is perhaps no document more revealing than a budget.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Forest Fervor

    February 8, 2019

    We are losing our forests at an alarming rate throughout the watershed.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Salty Solutions

    February 1, 2019

    As another polar vortex pays an unwelcome visit to our region, the salt trucks are out in full force. And the thousands of tons of salt spread on our roads and sidewalks can have harmful effects on the health of our rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Charting Our Course

    January 25, 2019

    Our members are the lifeblood of everything we do. And now we want to hear from you.

  • Waterway Solutions in the Old Dominion

    January 17, 2019

    I have high hopes the Virginia General Assembly will protect our waterways.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Wavy Line of Progress

    January 11, 2019

    The work to save the Bay and its rivers and streams is not without challenges. And in 2018, one of the greatest challenges came from above–rain, and lots of it.

  • A Sustainability Sham

    December 21, 2018

    A student who fails to complete all their assignments doesn't receive a passing grade. But if Omega Protein gets their way, this logic won't hold true in the world of fishery management.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Win for the Bay

    December 14, 2018

    At first glance, the federal Farm Bill, full of wonky agriculture policy and programs with countless acronyms, doesn't appear to have a connection with the health of the Bay and its rivers and streams.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Bivalve Blues

    December 7, 2018

    During the rush of Thanksgiving week, a critical report was released on the current and future state of oysters in Maryland. And it didn’t bring good news.

  • Making History in 2018

    December 4, 2018

    Right in our own backyard, the world's greatest environmental recovery is taking place. And that is in no small part thanks to you.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Coldest Ever

    November 30, 2018

    Many of us are still regaining feeling in our toes and ears.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 7 Tips for a Bay-Friendly Thanksgiving

    November 16, 2018

    It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As you prepare for the annual feast with family and friends, there are things you can do to help save the Bay and its rivers and streams.

  • The Original Thanksgiving Dinner Reimagined

    November 15, 2018

    We can only imagine the bounty the Bay could have provided the first Thanksgiving participants, just a decade removed from Captain John Smith’s first voyage up the Chesapeake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Ripple Effect

    November 9, 2018

    We face numerous issues cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. And these issues are interconnected.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Bay Ballot

    November 2, 2018

    Tuesday's elections may determine the success or failure of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Your Air at Risk

    October 26, 2018

    Most living creatures, whether they walk, swim, or crawl, are harmed by poor air quality. And if the EPA rolls back two critical Clean Air Act initiatives, our climate, health, and water quality could suffer.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Dropping Temps, Changing Bay

    October 19, 2018

    Autumn is officially here, as temperatures have plummeted this past week. And the Bay and its rivers and streams are reacting to the dramatic shift.

  • This Week in the Watershed: An Oyster Revival

    October 12, 2018

    Before the Chesapeake was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, the Bay was known for its oysters. But the magnitude of the Bay's oyster population has dropped precipitously since the days when Smith wrote that oysters "lay thick as stones."

  • This Week in the Watershed: Resisting Rollbacks

    October 5, 2018

    It was less than a generation ago that America was confronted with the consequences of the degradation of the environment.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Living with a Smoker

    September 28, 2018

    Higher rates of asthma, increased chances of lung cancer, chronic bronchitis. These are just a few of the health impacts caused by the long-term breathing of fine particulate matter.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Breathe Easy?

    September 21, 2018

    Most understand that how we treat the land has a direct correlation to the health of our waterways. But often overlooked is the major impact air pollution has on water quality.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Rain Repercussions

    September 14, 2018

    All eyes are south of the Bay watershed this week, as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas. The storm is predicted to cause billions of dollars in damage, with historic flooding and devastating storm surge forecast.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Hellbent on Clean Water

    September 7, 2018

    The Keystone State is renowned for its abundance of beautiful rivers, streams, and creeks. But roughly 19,000 miles of Keystone State rivers and streams are polluted. And one of its native critters is suffering.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Another Chain of Events

    August 31, 2018

    As we wrote last year at this time, there is no shortage of opportunities to join us in the field, on the water, or in the classroom this fall.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Wavering Waters

    August 17, 2018

    For more than 40 years, CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams has explored the many waterways in the Chesapeake Bay, particularly his home Severn River. And despite all that time on the water, he often says, "Every time I go out on my river, I learn something new."

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Torrent of Trash

    August 3, 2018

    The health of our local waterways and the Bay is often hidden below the surface. But other times, water quality is in plain sight.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Bay Mutiny

    July 20, 2018

    In 1608, during the first exploration of the Chesapeake Bay by European settlers, it was Captain John Smith who led the way. Of the countless voyages throughout this national treasure since, it's a safe bet that most had a captain.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Blessing and a Curse

    July 13, 2018

    The recent hot and sunny weather throughout the watershed has blessed many of us with picturesque days to swim, fish, or work in our gardens. But this weather isn’t a blessing to some.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Best Bang for Our Buck

    July 6, 2018

    The least expensive ways to fight pollution also targets the largest source of pollution—agricultural runoff.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Bay Building Blocks

    June 29, 2018

    Speak of the Chesapeake Bay and thoughts of the mighty oyster or beloved blue crab are not far away. These treasured critters are not only delectable but are critical building blocks for the health of the Bay's ecology.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Investing in Clean Water

    June 8, 2018

    When Virginia's General Assembly adjourned in March, there was one item unresolved. There was deadlock on the state budget. But following a lengthy special session, it's clear there is something legislators all agree on: clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Halfway There

    June 1, 2018

    The history of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are riddled with grand promises, high expectations, and missed deadlines. But the story changed when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint was introduced in 2010.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Little Spark

    May 18, 2018

    When Robert Dean was planning the first Clean the Bay Day 29 years ago, his greatest worry was getting enough volunteers to leave the comfort of their homes on a Saturday morning to get dirty and tired picking up trash. But he underestimated the love Virginians have for their waterways.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Threats and Resilience

    May 11, 2018

    Like the victim of Chinese water torture, the Chesapeake Bay seems afflicted by a constant stream of assaults, most of them man-made.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Big Dam Problem

    May 4, 2018

    It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 10 Million Keystone Trees

    April 27, 2018

    Pennsylvania's waters might not contain blue crabs, oysters, or other iconic Chesapeake Bay critters, but with more than 50 percent of the Bay's freshwater flows coming from the Susquehanna River, the Keystone State determines the health of the Chesapeake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Biggest Ever

    April 20, 2018

    A recently released study found that not only are Bay grasses flourishing, but the comeback of grasses is one of the few places on Earth where ecological improvements are a direct result of human efforts to reduce pollution.

  • Democracy in Action

    April 18, 2018

    When the new federal funding bill was signed into law a couple weeks ago, it wasn't an accident that it fully supported EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program—a critical piece of Chesapeake restoration.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Disappearing Act

    April 13, 2018

    After months of meetings, letters, phone calls, and emails, it looked like we were going to take a step, albeit it a small one, towards strengthening Maryland’s outdated Forest Conservation Act. Until the legislation disappeared.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Unfinished Business

    April 6, 2018

    It’s an exciting time on the Bay and its rivers and streams. Ospreys are back, flora is beginning to bloom, and the days are lengthening. And in Richmond and Annapolis, activity is beginning to wind down in the halls of its Capitols.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Embracing Innovation

    March 30, 2018

    Every day we all witness a growing threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Recognizing Success

    March 23, 2018

    In Washington’s polarized atmosphere, issues finding bipartisan support are few and far between. But as the recent FY18 budget reveals, partisanship is often cast aside when clean water is at stake.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Picture Perfect

    March 16, 2018

    For many of us here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Bay is the most beautiful place on earth. Perhaps many of us feel that way thanks to our annual photo contest.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Best in the World

    March 9, 2018

    "Why the Chesapeake Bay is the best in the world." That's the headline emblazoned atop an editorial this week in the Washington Post.

  • This Week in the Watershed: An Oyster Moon Race

    March 2, 2018

    Bold, ambitious, and audacious goals are usually met with one of two reactions—incredulity or inspiration.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Acting Out

    February 23, 2018

    To save the Bay, accepting the status quo is often not an option.

  • Fast and Furious in Harrisburg, Annapolis, and Richmond

    February 9, 2018

    At the dawn of every new year, shortly after the ball drops and the confetti is swept away, our Bay saving efforts kick into another gear. With the new year comes the start of legislative sessions in Maryland and Virginia, and its continuation in Pennsylvania.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Keep the Cap!

    February 2, 2018

    Ospreys soaring through the sky, dolphins jumping through the water, and rockfish on your dinner plate. What do these all have in common?

  • This Week in the Watershed: A United Front

    January 19, 2018

    In our current polarized and fractured political sphere, it is extremely rare for a clear majority to agree on something. But across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a diverse coalition is finding common ground on one topic–clean water.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Bay-Saving Momentum

    January 12, 2018

    Watch any sporting event long enough and eventually you’ll see an invisible but palpable force seize control of the game.

  • This Week in the Watershed: An Unjustifiable Risk

    January 5, 2018

    Magic happens when fresh and salt water collide. Life explodes in estuaries, as they are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. We witness this every day in the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary.

  • This Week in the Watershed: 2017 in Review

    December 22, 2017

    2017 was a year of milestones. Celebrating our 50th year of working to save the Bay, with incredible support from our members, CBF accomplished an awful lot.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bay

    December 15, 2017

    It's no coincidence that what's good for water quality is often good for public health. And in Baltimore, one facility stands in the way of both.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Remarkable Day of Giving

    December 1, 2017

    In what's becoming an annual tradition, a motley crew of brave (or crazy?) CBF staffers plunged into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the third consecutive year as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Bunker Battle Continues

    November 17, 2017

    The message was loud, clear, and nearly unanimous. More than 127,000 individuals submitted comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and when they were tallied, a resounding 99.6 percent were in support of an ecosystem-based approach to menhaden management.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Fighting for Forests

    November 10, 2017

    Right now, throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, trees are exploding with color. The beautiful foliage around every corner is just one of the many benefits trees provide.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Critical Election

    November 3, 2017

    After last year's volatile election cycle, it's tempting to dismiss any call to the polls this season. But the Virginia gubernatorial election is only days away. And this election is critical.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Losing Our Compass

    October 27, 2017

    At the foundation of all the work to save the Bay is one fundamental element–science.

  • This Week in the Watershed: The Bay's Bread and Butter

    October 20, 2017

    There are only a few days left to help the most important fish in the sea.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Toxic Clouds

    October 13, 2017

    At first glance, emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, Indiana, or Tennessee would seem completely unrelated to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • This Week in the Watershed: If You Build It They Will Come

    September 29, 2017

    It goes without saying, but the Bay looked awfully different when Captain John Smith first navigated its waters in 1608. The journals of Smith reveal a Bay bursting with life.

  • This Week in the Watershed: From Trash Pits to Oyster Reefs

    September 22, 2017

    Archaeologists can learn a lot about a civilization by looking in one place–the trash pit.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Menhaden’s Moment

    September 15, 2017

    As we've written before, menhaden might not be a common feature on dinner plates, but there's a reason they’re often called "the most important fish in the sea."

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Clean Water Consensus

    September 8, 2017

    It’s no secret we’re living in an era of division. On what feels like every issue, consensus is avoided like the plague. But despite this current political climate, we can all agree that clean water crosses party lines.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Chain of Events

    September 1, 2017

    Here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we're often asked, "What can I do to help save the Bay?" While there isn't just one answer to that question, one of my favorite idioms is relevant—90 percent of life is showing up.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Silver Bullet Illusion

    August 11, 2017

    We’ve said it before, but complex problems require complex solutions.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Flipping the Script

    July 14, 2017

    When an anniversary or milestone approaches, the natural inclination is often to reflect on the past. As CBF celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’re flipping the script—what better way to celebrate than to engage with the next generation and hear their thoughts on what it will take to save the Bay.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Pride or Disgrace

    June 30, 2017

    It has been several months since the Trump administration proposed its federal budget, but we are still aghast at the draconian cuts to Bay cleanup programs.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Spanning Generations

    June 16, 2017

    Inspiring. That’s the first word that came to mind when hearing the story of Walter Zadan, an integral volunteer for our Virginia oyster restoration team, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Reason for Optimism

    June 9, 2017

    It's outrageous. The Trump administration's proposed federal budget zeroes out funding for clean water efforts, notably, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Chesapeake Bay Turducken

    June 2, 2017

    Anyone who has been fishing or crabbing can attest that half the fun is the thrill of not knowing what exactly is on the end of the line or in the pot.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Budget Battle for the Bay

    May 26, 2017

    After a brief hiatus, we’re happy to bring back “This Week in the Watershed,” a weekly update on all the happenings around the watershed.

  • Marylanders Agree: Hands off Our Oyster Sanctuaries

    February 24, 2017

    With more than six million residents, Maryland is a melting pot of diverse citizens, with different political leanings, religious beliefs, and racial backgrounds.

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