Formed in 2010, Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® is a grassroots, advocacy-based membership organization charged with protecting, conserving and restoring the 450 square miles of the Gunpowder, Bird and Bush Rivers and their Watersheds. Gunpowder Riverkeeper is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global alliance of Waterkeeper programs, and member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, the regional coalition of 17 Waterkeeper programs.
The importance of the Gunpowder River watershed and Bush River to the well-being of the Chesapeake Bay region is undeniable. The Gunpowder River is a vital western shore tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. As such, the river provides a significant home for varied wildlife, is a critical spawning habitat for native fish, and is a focal point for outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, boating/floating, and swimming. Most importantly, it is also the essential source of drinking water for 1.5 million people in the greater Baltimore region.
The GPRK takes a proactive role in safeguarding the watershed from threats to its health and stability through scientific monitoring of the river, engaging at the source to address identified threats, and championing enforcement and compliance with environmental laws. Additionally, the GPRK also publicizes threats to the watershed, enables public advocacy and response to those threats, and continually communicates to the public the current state of the watershed’s health and stability. The GPRK protects the watershed for current and future generations who will benefit from the river being in a protected, natural state.
GPRK is committed to engaging in outreach activities, which have an inherent stewardship message that transcends economic, social and educational boundaries. Campaigns routinely reach over 5,400 residents with 420 members in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. All GPRK work is overseen by a nine-member board of directors and 23 committee members that provide organizational support. As such, Gunpowder Riverkeeper strives to create partnerships among existing non-profits in the Chesapeake Bay Region that share its goal of protecting, conserving and restoring the Gunpowder, Bird and Bush Rivers and their watersheds for all users.
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