CBP welcomes input on draft management strategies

Strategies will guide restoration of Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Program has developed draft management strategies to guide the restoration of the Bay. These drafts are open for public input until April 30.

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CBP welcomes input on draft management strategies

Microplastics: The tiny particles causing a big stir

Nearly imperceptible fragments found throughout local waters

When plastic bottles and other trash are washed into waterways, they don't degrade like most organic material. Instead, they break down into tiny pellets, beads and fibers that persist in rivers, streams and the Bay.

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Microplastics: The tiny particles causing a big stir

George Hastings: World champion oyster shucker

Learn how to shuck oysters from a local expert

Take a peek into the afternoon we spent at Nick's Oyster Bar in Baltimore, learning the ins and outs of oyster shucking with local personality and shucking pro, George Hastings.

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George Hastings: World champion oyster shucker

Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

Explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

As the birthplace of Tubman, the Eastern Shore of Maryland holds a rich history in its expansive farm fields, quaint settlements and wetlands that nestle into the crooks and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

Bay 101: Population growth in the Chesapeake Bay region

Since 1950, the watershed's population has more than doubled

Geographer Peter Claggett with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) discusses the effects of population growth on the local landscape and what we can do to lessen the impacts on our natural resources.

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Bay 101: Population growth in the Chesapeake Bay region

    Chesapeake Bay News

    • April 27, 2015

      By the Numbers: 33

      The number of fish species that have ascended a fish lift, ladder or other structure in the state of Maryland

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    Critter of the Month

    Rainbow Trout

    April's Critter - The rainbow trout is a popular sport fish with a bluish-green back, black speckles and a pink stripe along its sides. It was introduced to the region from the Pacific coast.

    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 draft management strategies

    watershed agreement

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


    Restoring Wetlands on Agricultural Lands

    Between 2010 and 2013, 6,098 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


    Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

    Reduce Polluted Runoff

    Instead of asphalt or concrete, use porous surfaces like gravel or pavers to pave your driveway or patio.

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