Current Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
If your organization is interested in pursuing an application to join, please contact Danny Filer either by telephone (301-689-7108) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before beginning to put together your application.
Membership requires an 8-10 page application that addresses the questions below. Once submitted, the this application is reviewed by current federal and non-federal partners during our winter/spring voting sessions that usually take place in February & March every year. Current members will vote on accepting new members into the network (majority rule is the determinant); applications will be distributed digitally, so we recommending using hyperlinks and existing information already on the internet as much as possible when building your application. Tribal, state, and local governments, academic institutions, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other nonfederal organizations are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Network
Questions that must be addressed in your 8-10 page application (no more than 20 pages) include:
Matt FitzpatrickUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceAppalachian Laboratory301 Braddock RoadFrostburg, MD 21532
What are the next steps after an application is submitted?
Following submission of an application for enrollment, the CW CESU director distributes the application package (via email) to all existing partner technical representatives for consideration. The CW CESU director determines the timeline and method for review, but the voting period typically runs in February and March every year with a 30-day voting period. This process is subject to change at any time as determined by the Director.
What is the process for new member approval?
Once existing partners have reviewed the new member application, the CW CESU director solicits a vote in favor/not in favor of selection of the applicant for membership. Voting requires a minimum of a quorum of 50 percent of partners. Approval is determined by a super majority (i.e., two thirds or greater) of returned votes in favor of selection for membership. The CW CESU director informs the applicant of the outcome of the review and approval process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the CW CESU
The CW CESU Frequently Asked Questions page can be accessed here.
Original CW CESU Proposal