The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuarine system in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It is of enormous economic value to the region and is a priceless environmental resource. The Chesapeake Bay's drainage basin covers more than 64,000 square miles in the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
CLA grew out of the perceptions that (1) there is a large unmet need for legal resources to enforce and strengthen the laws that govern pollution and development that adversely affects the Bay, and (2) there exists a substantial and largely untapped resource of lawyers who care about the health of the Bay and are willing to contribute time and effort, pro bono, toward its improvement.
CLA’s principal function is to serve as a catalyst and clearinghouse, identifying lawsuits, administrative proceedings, law reform efforts and other legal initiatives whose goal is to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake or otherwise contribute to improving the quality of its waters. CLA solicits the pro bono efforts of private law firms and individual lawyers, matching them with matters that require legal skills.
CLA was incorporated in Maryland in February, 2009. We are qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are funded entirely by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporate giving and foundation grants.
Our office is located at:
67 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: (410) 216-9441
fax: (410) 216-7077