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Matt Pluta

Director of Riverkeeper Programs

Choptank Riverkeeper

Telephone: 443-385-0511 x203

Email: mpluta@shorerivers.org




As Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs, Matt is dedicated to safeguarding the long-term health of the river, guarding against illegal and harmful pollution, and building a stronger voice for the protection of the river’s natural resources. Matt advocates for clean water protections at the local and state levels, including working with the Maryland General Assembly to pass laws to protect our natural resources. Matt brings the voice of clean rivers to two state-appointed commissions including the Department of Agriculture’s Phosphorus Management Tool Advisory Committee and the Department of Natural Resources Oyster Advisory Commission, in addition to several local collaboratives including NOAA’s Envision the Choptank initiative and the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee.

Matt has a degree in biology and environmental studies from Penn State University and has an advanced degree in environmental policy. His professional experience includes water quality monitoring, environmental policy, community organizing, and advocacy. Matt transplanted to the Eastern Shore from the Great Lakes region, bringing with him his passion for clean water and outdoor recreation.