A grassroots, community oriented watershed protection organization that is supported by its members. We help enforce environmental laws and maintain a vigilant watchdog presence aimed at empowering local communities to advance water quality improvement goals. The Riverkeeper clubhouse is located on the Patuxent waterfront where we hold events, organize river trips and rent boats in the warm weather months. We also support educational and science based program partners in a variety of ways.
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 and if head of the organization that he founded in 2004. He also 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 nearly 30 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe, including a long stint working with and advising traditional healers in West Africa and also coverage of the Falkands conflict in Argentina on assignment by the BBC. After late life sojourn into law school, Fred occasionally teaches an adjunct course in Environmental Law and Policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of MD and serves on the Graduate Faculty of Goddard College in Vermont. In his spare time he does trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail when not exploring the Patuxent River by kayak. Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his various environmental works on behalf of communities He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation.
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