2019 Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet
Keynote Guest Speaker - Fred Tutman
Title of Talk:
Guess Who is Not Coming to the Tree Hugging Rally?
As the Patuxent Riverkeeper and founder of the Patuxent Riverkeeper Organization in 2004, Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway. He lives and works on an active farm near the Patuxent River that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century.
Prior to becoming the Patuxent Riverkeeper, Fred spent nearly 25 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments internationally, including working with and advising traditional healers in West Africa. He also covered the Falklands conflict in Argentina on assignment with the BBC.
In addition to his duties as a Waterkeeper, Fred also teaches and advises in the Graduate Studies program of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and has taught classes in Environmental Law and Policy at various colleges in Maryland. In his spare time he does trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail and explores the Patuxent River by kayak.
Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his environmental work on behalf of communities. He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the Nation.