Exploring the life of a Chesapeake waterman

Foresters connect with nature, locals on Smith Island

On a two-and-a-half day trip to one of the last inhabited islands of the Chesapeake Bay, a group of foresters learned about catching crabs, dredging for oysters and the daily life of this unique rural community.

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Exploring the life of a Chesapeake waterman

Reforesting the region, one tree planting at a time

Forests are critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay

One man, dubbed the modern-day Johnny Appleseed, is proof that a little curiosity, passion and hard work can have profound effects on the environment.

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Reforesting the region, one tree planting at a time

Bay 101: Sediment, nutrients and the Conowingo Dam

Reservoir behind the dam traps sediment in the short-term

While it is possible to manage sediment behind the dam, researchers have found that reducing upstream nutrient and sediment pollution would be more beneficial to the Bay.

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Bay 101: Sediment, nutrients and the Conowingo Dam

Bay 101: Intersex fish in the Bay region

Chemical contaminants have led to hormone disruptions in fish

Fish biologist Vicki Blazer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and her team visit the Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Va., to collect and study smallmouth bass.

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Bay 101: Intersex fish in the Bay region

Eat, drink and be merry at Boordy Vineyards

The Deford family has put Maryland wine on the map

At Boordy Vineyards, success and sustainability go hand-in-hand. For them, smart business stems from a deep connection to place, a dynamic understanding of the resource and pride in their product.

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Eat, drink and be merry at Boordy Vineyards

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    Critter of the Month

    Redhead

    December's Critter - The redhead is a medium sized diving duck that visits the Chesapeake Bay during its winter migration to Texas and Mexico.

    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

      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.

    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: Aaron Volkening/Flickr

    Create a Stormwater Pond

    Create a stormwater pond to collect runoff and protect downstream property owners from flooding.

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