What is the Clear Choices Clean Water Campaign?
Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay is a campaign to increase awareness about choices we make and the impact they have on our rivers and streams -- and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Water quality friendly practices include such using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and properly maintaining septic systems. By educating individuals on these important actions and giving them the tools they need to make these essential changes in their own yards, we will empower them to do their part for water quality.
How and when did this campaign start?
Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay is an affiliate campaign of the national Clear Choices Clean Water campaign. The campaign started in Indiana in 2010. The Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, the White River Alliance, and the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science teamed up to implement this unique strategy to increase awareness and knowledge about residential yard choices and their impacts on water quality in our watersheds. Although the focus began in Indiana, it is spreading across the country and the pledge choices are continuing to grow.
What do people get for taking Clear Choices Clean Water pledges?
People get to feel good for making a difference! And after taking a Clear Choices Clean Water pledge, they receive feedback about how much pollution they have prevented from entering our rivers and streams. They get to see their location on an interactive map – providing further confirmation that they are doing their part! They also get an easy, low-pressure way to encourage their friends, family, and neighbors to do their part by way of email invitations or Facebook and Twitter feeds. And they get connected with their local Waterkeeper program!
Check out our pledge map to see the landscape boundaries that define the area of land that drains to each of our major rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay – these areas/physical land boundaries are a stream’s ‘watershed’.
Who sponsors and pays for the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign?
Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake, a campaign of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, is supported by sponsorships from a variety of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and civic groups. Visit our sponsors page to see who is supporting the program and how you can join us!
How can I become a sponsor of Clear Choices Clean Water?
Please contact us! Your involvement and support will allow us to add more features to the site, expand the campaign topics/pledges, and create other collateral campaign materials (such as signs, leaflets, postcards, billboard artwork, door hangers, radio ads, etc.) for use in your community.
For sponsor information contact: Robin Broder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can I talk to for more information on Clear Choices Clean Water?
For information on Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay contact: Robin Broder - email@example.com