Tim Trumbauer Named Chester Riverkeeper


Although this has been no secret for the past few months, we are so excited to officially announce Tim Trumbauer as the new Chester Riverkeeper. Previous Chester Riverkeeper Isabel Hardesty, thankfully, will be staying with the organization as the new regional director. Here is the official press release:


Media Contacts:

Tim Trumbauer, Chester Riverkeeper, ShoreRivers 410-810-7556
Isabel Hardesty, Regional Director, ShoreRivers, 410-810-7556

Trumbauer Named Chester Riverkeeper

Chestertown, MD (November 30, 2017) – ShoreRivers - formerly the Chester River Association (CRA) - is pleased to announce Tim Trumbauer as the new Chester Riverkeeper.

As Riverkeeper, Trumbauer will act as the primary spokesman for the Chester, advocating for its protection and restoration. Trumbauer will work with government agencies to appropriately enforce regulations that protect the river, advocate for strong water quality policies, patrol the river to identify and eliminate pollution sources, and help educate our community about river-related issues.

Trumbauer is a native of Chestertown and grew up on the banks of Rosin Creek just upriver from the Chestertown bridge “fishing, crabbing, and swamping my father’s rowboat.” Although new to the position of Riverkeeper, many will be familiar with Trumbauer’s previous work at CRA.

He first volunteered as a Chester Tester Citizen Scientist and on the Science and Tech Committee, before ultimately accepting a full time position as Watershed Manager. For the past three years, Trumbauer has managed the water quality monitoring and scientific programs at CRA. He also leads CRA’s annual State of the Chester event, serves as the auctioneer at the Summer Solstice Gala, and has made significant contributions to CRA’s organizational strategy and administration. 

 “As someone who grew up on the river and is now lucky enough to raise my own family on the river, there are few things I care about more than a healthy, thriving Chester River,” said Trumbauer. “The river belongs to all of us and I am excited to work with our community to protect and restore this treasure as the Chester Riverkeeper.”

Prior to joining CRA, Trumbauer graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in environmental studies and spent about 12 years working as an environmental consultant in the Baltimore/Washington region. His wide-ranging experience includes environmental field studies, restoration, policy, management, and communications.

In November, CRA officially announced it was merging with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Sassafras River Association to form ShoreRivers, a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to healthy waterways across the upper and middle Eastern Shore. Isabel Hardesty, the previous Chester Riverkeeper, will remain with the organization as ShoreRivers’ regional director for the Chester and Sassafras watersheds, operating out of CRA’s office in Chestertown.

“Whether it’s testing for bacteria, monitoring underwater grass beds, or responding to citizen alerts, Tim is clearly passionate about the Chester,” said Hardesty. “I’m excited for the new energy and expertise he will bring to this position.”

Anna Wolgast, CRA’s previous executive director, has retired as a staff member, but has accepted a position on the board of directors for ShoreRivers.

The Chester Riverkeeper is licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring water quality to ensure the world’s waters are drinkable, fishable, and swimmable. There are currently 334 Waterkeepers in 35 countries.


ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.