Inspiring a Passion to Protect and Preserve

Maryland's Waterways

Did you know that more than one fifth of Maryland is covered by water?

From the Patapsco River to the Chesapeake Bay, this treasured resource may surround many of us, but we can’t take it for granted.

We understand that the future of our waterways depends on the work we do together today, which is why we’ve made it our mission to protect and preserve Maryland’s waterways for generations to come.

To meet that mission, we’re creating engaging opportunities for our youth to connect with Maryland’s waterways by designing experiences that ignite a passion and appreciation for them.

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What We Do

Through educational and engagement programs, and support for other like-minded organizations, we are revitalizing engagement with Maryland’s waterways in an age where less time is spent outdoors and more time is spent in front of screens. We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished and the impact we’ve made in our community, and with your support, we can continue our work in protecting one of the State’s most precious resources.

Our Work

What We've Done

In the past four years, more than 5,000 students have participated in the educational programs and field trips we’ve helped create and offer — providing greater access and exposure to our waterways.

We are a strong supporter of our community and its organizations, and since 2014, have invested more than $100,000 in local schools, events and non-profits to help protect Maryland’s environment and waterways.

Through collaborations with the Living Classrooms, Annapolis Maritime Museum and others we have provided various water-based environmental education programs to Pre-K to 12th grade students at nearly 22 local schools.

Our Story

Growing up and living on the water, ClearShark H2O's co-founders, Martin and Nichole Bentz, saw first-hand the many benefits Maryland's waterways offered to the community and its youth. They understood the importance of protecting it, which inspired the founding of ClearShark H2O and its focus on connecting the community to its waterways.

ClearShark H2O is the first initiative of ClearShark Charitable Foundation, a non-profit established by Martin and Nichole Bentz. Martin Bentz is also the CEO and Founder of ClearShark, LLC, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider in Hanover, Maryland.

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Our Events

Join us at one of our upcoming events!

Appreciation Happy Hour for Partnering Baltimore County Schools

April 26, 2019

3rd Annual GreenGive Event

May 28-29, 2019

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming event or initiative? Please email our Executive Director, Nichole Bentz, at to find out about available sponsorship opportunities.
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Support Us

We believe in the power of many, and that together, we can make a positive and lasting impact in our communities. Your support will help develop programs and initiatives that are geared towards protecting and preserving Maryland’s waterways.


Join Our Mission

Love our waterways and want to make an impact? Join our mission and contact our Executive Director, Nichole Bentz, at to learn how you can make a difference.

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