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

Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in 2013 and 2014

Snapshot of watershed health shows an ecosystem in recovery

Despite struggling against development, pollution and other challenges, the Bay watershed shows signs of resilience—most notably in shad, striped bass, and underwater grasses.

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Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in 2013 and 2014

What is your wish for the future of the Chesapeake Bay?

Hear how others respond in our latest Chesapeake Unscripted video

If you could grant one wish for the Chesapeake Bay, what would it be? Residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania talk about what the Bay and the nearby Susquehanna River mean to them, and what they hope to see in the future.

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What is your wish for the future of the Chesapeake Bay?

Accessing Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve

Stewards aim to open thousands of acres of land to the public

The area remains protected from encroaching development and has been one of Virginia's highest land conservation priorities for more than 10 years.

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Accessing Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve

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    Critter of the Month

    Least Bittern

    March's Critter - The least bittern lives in marshes among thick vegetation. When stretching its neck into the air, the least bittern resembles surrounding reeds and grasses, making it difficult for predators to spot.

    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.

    Landmark agreement guides Bay Program

    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: Steven Depolo/Flickr

    Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

    Install a low-flow showerhead, which can save about one gallon of water per minute.

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