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Scope and Purpose

The Local Leadership Workgroup was established in 2014 after the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. This workgroup exists to accomplish the local leadership outcome outlined in the Agreement. For more information, visit the local leadership management strategy page.

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This bi-monthly newsletter features curated inspirational and informative resources and content for local governments within the Chesapeake Bay watershed region.

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Projects and Resources

Protect Local Waterways Website

The Protect Local Waterways Website is an online resource hub 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.

The Protect Local Waterways website's extensive learning library, titled "A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay," contains 11 highly visual and succinct educational modules with companion fact sheets, infographics, and short videos.

Visit Protectlocalwaterways.org to learn more!

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:

January 2024: Prioritizing Green Growth

November 2023: Latest Chesapeake Bay Program Happenings

September 2023: Launching ProtectLocalWaterways.org

July 2023: Roads & Stormwater Runoff

May 2023: Technical Assistance

March 2023: Solar

January 2023: Environmental Health

November 2022: Behaviour Change

September 2022: Hazard Mitigation

July 2022: Stream Restoration/Health


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Martha Narvaez (Chair), University of Delaware
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716

Email:  mcorrozi@udel.edu
Les Knapp (Vice Chair), Maryland Department of the Environment
169 Conduit St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  lknapp@mdcounties.org
Laura Cattell Noll (Coordinator), Local Government Advisory Committee Coordinator, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
841 Flory Mill Rd
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601

Email:  lnoll@allianceforthebay.org
Phone:  (443) 949-0575
Erin Sonnenburg (Staffer), Environmental Management Staffer, Chesapeake Research Consortium
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  sonnenburge@chesapeake.org
Angelica Bailey Thupari

Email:  angelicab@mdmunicipal.org
Heidi Bonnaffon, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street NE
Suite 300
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Email:  hbonnaffon@mwcog.org
Dominic Butchko, Maryland Association of Counties

Email:  dbutchko@mdcounties.org
Pat Calvert, Virginia Conservation Network
103 E Main St
Suite #1
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Email:  pat@vcnva.org
Nicole Christ, Maryland Department of the Environment

Email:  nicole.christ@maryland.gov
Jen Cotting, Environmental Finance Center - UMD
7480 Preinkert Drive
Preinkert Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742

Email:  jcotting@umd.edu
Carrie Decker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue
Tawes State Office Building
Annaoplis, Maryland 21401

Email:  CDecker@dnr.state.md.us
Phone:  (410) 260-8723
Claudia Donegan, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Email:  claudia.donegan@maryland.gov
Liz Feinberg, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301

Email:  liz.feinberg63@gmail.com
Kate Fritz, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Email:  Katharine.Fritz@ppd.mncppc.org
Phone:  (301) 952-5402
Andy Fellows, Environmental Finance Center - UMD
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 20736

Email:  afellows@umd.edu
Ronald Grutza, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB)

Email:  rgrutza@boroughs.org
Mark Hoffman, Chesapeake Bay Commission
60 West Street
Suite 406
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  mhoffman@chesbay.us
Phone:  (410) 263-3420
James Hutzler, Virginia Association of Counties (VA)

Email:  jhutzler@vaco.org
Les Knapp, Maryland Department of the Environment
169 Conduit St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  lknapp@mdcounties.org
Megan Lehman, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
400 Market St
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Email:  meglehman@pa.gov
Shannon Moore, Frederick County (MD)
12 E. Church St.
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Email:  smoore@frederickcountymd.gov
Nancy Nunn, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology
Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. P.O. Box 169 124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, Maryland 21658

Email:  nnunn@umd.edu
Matthew Pennington, Downstream Strategies
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Email:  mpennington@region9wv.com
Don Phillips, Town of Laurel (DE)
205 Turtle Cove
Laurel, Delaware 19956

Email:  hdonpj47@gmail.com
Phone:  (443) 359-1009
Leslie Rhoads, Pennsylvania Municipal League

Email:  lrhoads@pml.org
Pam Shellenberger, York County (VA)
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Email:  pshellenberger@ycpc.org
Mitchell Smiley, Virginia Municipal League

Email:  msmiley@vml.org
Kathy Stecker, Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Email:  kathy.stecker@maryland.gov
Jim Sullivan, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
100 W. Water Street - Suite 6B
Dover, Delaware 19904

Email:  James.Sullivan@state.de.us
Janet Thigpen, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (NY)

Email:  jthigpen@chemungcountyny.gov
Lauren Townley, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233

Email:  lauren.townley@dec.ny.gov
Phone:  (518) 402-8283
Julia Wakeling, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
1200 First St NE
Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20002

Email:  julia.wakeling@dc.gov
Wendy Walsh, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
851 Chemung St
Horseheads, New York 14845

Email:  walshw@co.tioga.ny.us
James Wheeler, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PA)
4855 Woodland Dr.
Enola, Pennsylvania 17025

Email:  jwheeler@psats.org
Phone:  (717) 763-0930
Justin Williams, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Email:  justin.williams@deq.virginia.gov
David Wood, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
8030 Main St.
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

Email:  wood.csn@outlook.com
Tree Layton Zuzzio, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Email:  tzuzzio@pa.gov