Grassroots Activism Meets Grassroots Science
Speaker: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper
Get inspired by stories of Bay Optimism this year! Learn what's working in conservation in the Chesapeake and around the world, and how we can do more of it. SERC's monthly Bay Optimism lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, March through October. Lectures start at 7pm; light refreshments at 6:30. Free and open to all—curiosity is the only prerequisite.
The Patuxent Riverkeeper is a watershed advocacy organization and veteran of some 15 years of legal and grassroots activism. In this talk, Riverkeeper Fred Tutman will discuss what both science and experience have taught us about protecting and restoring the Patuxent, Maryland’s longest and deepest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a story of the Bernie Fowler movement of the 1970s, citizen-led legislation in the 1980s, attempts by polluters to silence advocates through lawsuits, environmental justice cases and judicial awards that have broken a few state records. Fred is the longest-serving waterkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay region and the only African-American waterkeeper in the continental U.S.