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      Seminar: Building Grassroots Power Around Inclusive Water Activism in Baton Rouge

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      November 15, 2019


      3357 Highland Road
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

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      Seminar: Building Grassroots Power Around Inclusive Water Activism

      • Speaker: Mr. Fred Tutman, Pautuxent River Riverkeeper 
      • Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
      • Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, ECE Building

      Lunch served for attendees

      Sixteen years of water quality activism in the largest watershed located entirely within Maryland has made Fred Tutman the longest serving waterkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and America’s sole African-American riverkeeper. His mission is to build a durable, inclusive, representative and equitable movement to restore one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most productive tributaries. Tutman will share lessons learned in his pursuit of grassroots water activism, diversity, and environmental justice. Hear war stories, case studies, and anecdotes from the founder of a watershed movement that has exacted over a half billion dollars in fines, reparations, and penalties from the worst polluters on Maryland’s Patuxent River. 

      Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway and holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper. Also, it is the name of the organization that he founded in 2004. Tutman lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century. Prior to riverkeeping, Fred spent more than 25 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe. In addition to riverkeeping, Fred is a member of the graduate studies faculty of Goddard College in Vermont and occasionally teaches an adjunct course in environmental law and policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of Maryland. An accomplished blacksmith, farmer, and outdoor adventurer, he is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his community-based environmental works. He is the longest-serving waterkeeper in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American waterkeeper in the nation.

      Cost: Free

      Categories: University & Alumni

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