Tracking the Abundance of American Shad

Data show rise in the anadromous forage fish

American shad spend their adult lives in the ocean, but migrate into freshwater rivers to spawn. In 2013, shad abundance in the Bay reached 41 percent of the goal, an upward trend driven by gains in the Potomac River. (Photo: MTSOfan/Flickr)

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Tracking the Abundance of American Shad

Bay 101: Ospreys in the Watershed

The fish-eating birds return to the Bay each spring

Ospreys are a top predator in the Chesapeake Bay and a sentinel species of environmental health. Watch this Bay 101 to learn how the fish hawks teach scientists about the effects of chemical contaminants on our ecosystem.

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Bay 101: Ospreys in the Watershed

Conserving Waterfowl Habitat on the Eastern Shore

Landowner creates haven for birds

Landowner Jerry Harris has created a safe haven for waterfowl on his Maryland farm. In this Restoration Spotlight, he discusses rice planting, moist soils management and other unconventional conservation practices.

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Conserving Waterfowl Habitat on the Eastern Shore

Reducing Pollution to the Chesapeake Bay

Data show drop in nutrient, sediment loads

Over the last four years, pollution controls put in place by Chesapeake Bay Program partners have led to a 7, 11 and 6 percent drop in nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment loads.

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Reducing Pollution to the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Groups, individuals leave comments

More than 60 organizations and two thousand people have commented on the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, offering feedback that the Chesapeake Executive Council will consider when finalizing the restoration plan.

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The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

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    Critter of the Month

    Least Tern

    April's Critter - Weighing approximately one ounce and measuring just nine inches in length, the least tern is the smallest of the North American terns.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • 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.

    • ChesapeakeStat


      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

    • Maryland BayStat

      Maryland BayStat

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

    Reducing Sediment Pollution

    Reducing Sediment Pollution

    Between 2009 and 2013, sediment loads to the Chesapeake Bay decreased 6 percent.

    Photo Credit: eddie.welker/Flickr

    Don’t Use Fertilizer as a Deicer

    Never use lawn fertilizer as a deicer. It contains nutrients that can run off your property and pollute local waterways.

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