Clean Water Captains

Virginia's Community Leaders for Clean Water

Clean Water Captains are ambassadors for clean water in their communities. CBF Virginia staff can't be in all 92 localities that drain to the Bay, so we rely on captains to be the eyes, ears and a voice for the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint.

Clean Water Captains share information with their neighbors, congregations, schools and elected officials to create practical, effective local clean-up plans. When you take things down to that level, you have to sit around the table and have a conversation about pollution in your local waters and how to address it. No finger pointing, just solutions that work for your local community.

Join our cadre of captains who have amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Bay and are happy to share their successes with you. Your leadership can help your community and your local waterways—there's no better time to climb aboard! Fill out and submit our volunteer survey below and someone from CBF's local office will get back to you soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Clean Water Captains?

  • Ambassadors for clean water in your community. Communities that protect and restore the health of local waterways reap the economic and quality of life benefits clean waters provide.
  • Eyes, ears and a voice for the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, the plan to restore the Bay by 2025 with interim milestones along the way. The Bay needs advocates to ensure threats to the Blueprint, such as Federal and state legislation, are addressed.
  • An extension of (and supported by) CBF staff. CBF can’t be in all Virginia localities that drain to the Bay. Solutions to local water quality issues need local water quality advocates.

How does CBF support Clean Water Captains?

  • CBF hosts an annual full-day workshop to connect Captains with each other, as well as the most up-to-date science and policy initiatives.
  • CBF provides captains with an "advocacy toolkit"&emdash;a reference binder that provides "how to" information as well helpful resources.
  • Additionally, CBF hosts a "Captains' Call" the first Wednesday of the month from 12:30-1:30 and again from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Captains share their successes and challenges with their peers and CBF briefs captains on pending legislation, new research, and other relevant, timely issues.
  • Throughout the month, CBF shares news clippings, reports, webinars and other training opportunities to promote continual learning and skill building.

What does CBF ask of its Captains?

  • To attend and actively participate during the monthly captains calls
  • To engage in a minimum of six advocacy asks throughout the year
  • To be a courteous, open-minded and collaborative partner within your community and with your elected officials to advance water quality initiatives.
Join us today!
Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay?
Do you have a few hours to spare?
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Virginia Clean Water Captain Volunteers—After submitting this form, please send an e-mail to Lori Kersting at with "Virginia Clean Water Captains" in the subject to receive the short Captains Application. Thank you in advance for completing this two-step process.

What Does a Clean Water Captain Do?

Clean Water Captains hail from around the state with diverse backgrounds and skills. CBF strives to tap into these skills and connect captains with timely and relevant opportunities to engage. There are dozens of ways captains contribute their time and passion for the Bay—sometimes at the state and federal level, other times within their community. Following are some examples of activities Captains may carry out:

  • Follow board of supervisors and city council agendas and speak in favor of clean water policies and initiatives;
  • Advocate for clean water policies with local, state and federal elected officials;
  • Write letters to the editor in support of clean water policies and initiatives;
  • Initiate water monitoring activities;
  • Provide feedback on permits and regulations;
  • Participate in local TMDL meetings;
  • Attend committee meetings during General Assembly session;
  • Speak to civic groups, home owners associations, and classes;
  • Found and lead local watershed groups;
  • Apply for grants;
  • Attend wetland board meetings.
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