Getting kids in kayaks to foster stewardship and learning

Baltimore eighth graders are introduced to their hometown waters

Kids in Kayaks combines recreational kayaking lessons by the city of Baltimore with on-land activities from the National Park Service and others.

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Getting kids in kayaks to foster stewardship and learning

From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

Farming caged oysters brings a tasty kick to water filtration

When Ryan and Travis Croxton took over Rappahannock Oyster Company, they saw a chance to revitalize their grandfather’s business by switching from traditional harvesting to a more sustainable yield.

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From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

By the Numbers: National Wildlife Refuges

Fifteen wildlife refuges are located in the Chesapeake region

While natural spaces of all shapes and sizes can benefit wildlife, only one government-designated wilderness program was established in order to build a network of wildlife habitat: the national wildlife refuge system. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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By the Numbers: National Wildlife Refuges

Birds of a feather get banded together

Eastern Shore observatory bands thousands of migrating birds

Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, part of Washington College's Center for Environmental Science, is part of a national network of bird banding stations.

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Birds of a feather get banded together

Cycling through the Chesapeake region

Strap on a helmet and pedal across the watershed

The Chesapeake region has hundreds—if not thousands—of miles of bike paths and trails to explore. From short loops to long regional trails, here’s a list of eight paths to explore by bike.

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Cycling through the Chesapeake region

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    Critter of the Month

    Broad-headed Skink

    July's Critter - The broad-headed skink is the largest skink in the Chesapeake region and can be found in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • ChesapeakeStat

      ChesapeakeStat

      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

    • Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      The EPA established a "pollution diet" to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Bay.

    • Bay Executive Order

      Bay Executive Order

      Calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore the Bay.

    • Maryland BayStat

      Maryland BayStat

      A powerful statewide tool designed to assess and coordinate Bay restoration.

    Bay Program issues final two-year work plans

    watershed agreement

    In 2014, our partners signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, establishing goals, outcomes, management strategies and work plans to guide the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands around them.


    Restoring Wetlands on Agricultural Lands

    Between 2010 and 2014, 6,191 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


    Photo Credit: WindRanch/Flickr

    Maintain Your Septic System

    Have your septic system pumped out every three to five years to prevent accidental sewage overflows.

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