The Local Government Advisory Committee advises the Executive Council on how to engage local governments by sharing the views and insights of local elected officials and enhancing the flow of information among local governments.

Upcoming Meetings

Scope and Purpose

The Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) was created by the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council through the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The purpose of the LGAC is to advise the Executive Council on how to effectively implement projects and engage the support of local governments to achieve the goals of the Bay Agreement.

LGAC's mission is to share the views and insights of local elected officials with state and federal decision-makers and to enhance the flow of information among local governments about the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Subscribe to the Watershed Currents Newsletter: Resources for Local Governments

This bi-monthly newsletter features curated inspirational and informative resources and content for local governments within the Chesapeake Bay watershed region. Check out some past examples of our newsletter below.

Email Address

Projects and Resources

LGAC Local Government Forums

The Local Government Forum is a yearly problem solving meeting hosted by LGAC in collaboration with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Through facilitated group discussion, participants identify issues that hinder or help advance local implementation of watershed protection and restoration initiatives. Findings and recommendations, developed during the forum, are documented and next steps are identified.

A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay is a seven-module series created to support decision-making by local officials. Local leaders make decisions that set the course for their community and local government actions determine the health and vitality of their jurisdiction, as well as that of local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Local officials can achieve mutually beneficial outcomes by prioritizing local economic development, infrastructure resiliency, public health, and education, while also protecting your environment.

Project Materials

Below are links to pdf versions of these materials. For access to editable versions of these files, please email lgac@allianceforthebay.org.

To offer feedback on these modules, please use this survey!

Watershed Currents Newsletter: Resources for Local Governments

Watershed Currents is a bi-monthly curated newsletter that highlights local case studies and provides inspirational and informative resources for local governments and interested parties within the Chesapeake Bay watershed region. Each newsletter will be themed-focused and organized by local priorities impacting local government communities today. Please see below for past editions of the Newsletter:

September 2022: Hazard Mitigation

July 2022: Stream Restoration/Health

May 2022: Trees

March 2022: Stormwater

Pennsylvania Local Government Roundtables

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Delegation of LGAC, hosted Local Government Watershed Roundtables in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed between June 2014 and December 2018. The primary goal of the Local Government Watershed Roundtables were to increase the number of elected officials who serve as leaders in watershed protection and more specifically in the Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration effort. This has been accomplished by holding roundtable discussions, exposing elected officials to existing leaders and facilitating peer-to-peer conversations. The roundtables were funded by Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Members

Jasmine Gore (Chair), City of Hopewell (VA)
Address:
300 North Main Street
Hopewell, Virginia 23860

Email:  goreje@alumni.vcu.edu
Phone:  (804) 931-9476
Jennifer Starr (Coordinator), Coordinator, Local Government Advisory Committee
Address:
501 6th St
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Email:  jstarr@allianceforthebay.org
Phone:  (443) 949-0575
Ola-Imani Davis (Staffer), Staffer, Local Government Advisory Committee
Address:
501 Sixth St
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Email:  odavis@allianceforthebay.org
Phone:  (443) 949-0575
Sheila Finlayson, City of Annapolis (MD)
Address:
131 Brightwater Drive
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  msfin@aol.com
Phone:  (410) 626-0071
Penny Gross, Fairfax County (VA)
Address:
6507 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia 22003

Email:  mason@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone:  (703) 256-7717
Kelly Porter, City of Seat Pleasant (MD)
Address:
6301 Addison Rd.
Seat pleasant, Maryland 20743

Email:  keportinc@yahoo.com
Phone:  (301) 655-1725
John V. Thomas, Hampden Township (PA)
Address:
407 Pawnee Drive
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17050

Email:  jjthomas407@comcast.net
Phone:  (717) 761-1576
James Wheeler, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PA)
Address:
4855 Woodland Dr.
Enola, Pennsylvania 17025

Email:  jwheeler@psats.org
Phone:  (717) 763-0930
Leo Lutz, Borough of Columbia (PA)
Address:
308 Locust Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

Email:  llutz@columbiapa.net
Phone:  (717) 684-2467
Richard Baugh, City of Harrisonburg (VA)
Address:
Coucilman, City of Harrisonburg
342 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Email:  rbaugh@hooverpenrod.com
Phone:  (540) 433-2444
James Barnhart, Berkeley County (WV)
Address:
Berkeley County Council
400 West Stephen Street, Suite 201
Martinsburg, Westvirginia 25401

Email:  jbarnhart@berkeleywv.org
Phone:  (304) 264-1923
Daniel Chao, District of Columbia
Address:
Ward 3
Washington, Districtofcolumbia 20008

Email:  dschao@gmail.com
Phone:  (202) 689-9745
Don Phillips, Local Government Advisory Committee
Address:
205 Turtle Cove
#110
Laurel, Delaware 19956

Email:  hdonpj47@gmail.com
Phone:  (443) 359-1009
Brianne Nadeau, LGAC Chair, District of Columbia
Address:
Councilmember, Ward 1
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 102, NW
Washington, Districtofcolumbia 20004

Email:  bnadeau@dccouncil.us
Phone:  (202) 724-8181
Markus Batchelor, District of Columbia
Address:
441 4th Street NW Suite 530S
Washington, Districtofcolumbia 20001

Email:  markus.batchelor@dc.gov
Phone:  (202) 741-0879
Andria McClellan
Address:
810 Union Street, Suite 1006
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Email:  andria.mcclellan@norfolk.gov
Phone:  (757) 664-4268
Jacob Day, City of Salisbury (MD)
Address:
125 N. Division Street, Room 304
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

Email:  Jday@salisbury.md
Phone:  (833) 729-2489
Patty Bubar, Commissioner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Address:
6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Email:  patrice.bubar@maryland.gov
Phone:  (240) 777-7786
Mark Dobbins, North East Maryland Planning Commission
Address:
151 Northeast Isle Drive
North east, Maryland 21901

Email:  marktdobbins@comcast.net
Phone:  (443) 674-8312
Michael Helfrich, City of York (PA)
Address:
101 South George Street
York, Pennsylvania 17401

Email:  MHelfrich@yorkcity.org
Phone:  (717) 849-2221
Amy Dubois, Supervisor, Mathews County (VA)
Address:
P.O. Box 839
Mathews, Virginia 23109

Email:  adubois@mathewscountyva.gov
Phone:  (804) 384-2079
Donna Iannone, Commissioner, Sullivan County (PA)
Address:
PO Box 157
245 Muncy Street
Laporte, Pennsylvania 18626

Email:  diannone@sullivancounty-pa.us
Phone:  (570) 946-5201
Joshua Hastings, Councilmember, Wicomico County (MD)
Address:
407 Monticello Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

Email:  Jhastings@wicomicocounty.org
Phone:  (410) 974-2611