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Community Outreach

Community-led outreach efforts increase public understanding of water pollution challenges, build ownership of the local watersheds, engage more individuals and organizations into stewardship practices and projects, and expand the base of citizen support and community involvement necessary to make a positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay. 

In 2013, nearly 400,000 Marylanders supported the Chesapeake Bay Trust through the Bay plate program, and more than 24,575 Marylanders volunteered 26,303 hours to clean up the Bay and its Rivers.  The Trust supports community engagement efforts in a variety of ways, including: 


We award engagement grants through our many grant programs

We work with partners invested in building environmental stewards throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

We recognize excellence in environmental stewardship through our Awards Programs.