Celebrating ‘Tree City’ communities

Tree City USA celebrates 40th anniversary

In the Chesapeake Bay region, more than 130 towns and cities were recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program last year, helping communities meet their tree canopy goals. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

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Celebrating ‘Tree City’ communities

Oysters are a pleasure on the Lynnhaven River

Taking a small-scale approach to aquaculture

For years, the notoriously-polluted Lynnhaven River was closed to shellfish harvesting. Now, oyster farmers like Captain Chris Ludford—who grows Pleasure House Oysters—are reaping the rewards of a cleaner river.

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Oysters are a pleasure on the Lynnhaven River

Clean Bay is good for business

More than critters benefit from Bay restoration

Blue crabs and oysters aren't the only ones who like a clean Chesapeake. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on the health of the Bay and its surrounding watershed.

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Clean Bay is good for business

By the Numbers: Forest conservation

Conservation Act preserves Maryland forestland

The Maryland Forest Conservation Act was passed in late 1991 and implemented at the local level in 1993. In its first 20 years, 110,701 acres of forest land were put under protection from development.

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By the Numbers: Forest conservation

Resilience in the Chesapeake Bay

Positive signs for the Bay and its rivers

With decades-worth of environmental data, scientists are able to study how the health of the nation’s largest estuary is changing over time. Learn about a few ways the Bay and its rivers are been showing signs of resilience.

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Resilience in the Chesapeake Bay

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    Critter of the Month

    Atlantic Silverside

    April's Critter - The Atlantic silverside is a small forage fish with a silver band along either side of its body. It can be found in schools in the Bay, and is an important part of many larger fishes’ diets.

    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 2015, 7,623 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


    Photo Credit: Sarah German / Flickr

    Fix Car Leaks

    Fix car leaks so engine fluids like oil and antifreeze don't drip onto the ground and run off into local waterways.

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