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LGAC Annual Reports to the Chesapeake Executive Council

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.

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 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:

May 2024: How Are Local Governments Using New Federal Funding?

March 2024: Green Infrastructure Maintenance

January 2024: Prioritizing Green Growth

November 2023: Latest Chesapeake Bay Program Happenings

September 2023: Launching

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

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).

Virginia Local Government Roundtables

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in cooperation with the Virginia Delegation of LGAC, hosted Local Government Watershed Roundtables in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed between June 2018 and April 2019. Through peer-to-peer dialogue, LGAC hoped to increase elected officials’ knowledge about watershed protection and restoration and increase local engagement in the development and implementation of Virginia’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The roundtables were funded by Virginia's Environmental Endowment.