Bay 101: Emerald ash borer attacks native trees

Invasive insect is killing thousands of ash trees

As the emerald ash borer spreads across the United States, ash trees—which play an important role in water quality—are suffering. But a collaborative effort is attempting to mitigate the damage.

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Bay 101: Emerald ash borer attacks native trees

By the Numbers: High-tide nuisance flooding

In 2015, four cities saw a total of 128 high-tide flood days

As sea levels rise, land subsides and natural barriers to coastal flooding are lost, our coastal cities will face more impactful high-tide flooding that occurs regardless of heavy winds or rain.

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By the Numbers: High-tide nuisance flooding

Getting kids in kayaks to foster stewardship and learning

Baltimore eighth graders are introduced to their hometown waters

Kids in Kayaks combines recreational kayaking lessons by the city of Baltimore with on-land activities from the National Park Service and others.

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Getting kids in kayaks to foster stewardship and learning

From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

Farming caged oysters brings a tasty kick to water filtration

When Ryan and Travis Croxton took over Rappahannock Oyster Company, they saw a chance to revitalize their grandfather’s business by switching from traditional harvesting to a more sustainable yield.

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From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

By the Numbers: National Wildlife Refuges

Fifteen wildlife refuges are located in the Chesapeake region

While natural spaces of all shapes and sizes can benefit wildlife, only one government-designated wilderness program was established in order to build a network of wildlife habitat: the national wildlife refuge system. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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By the Numbers: National Wildlife Refuges

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    Critter of the Month

    Laughing Gull

    September's Critter - The laughing gull is a medium-sized gull with white underparts and a gray back. It visits the Chesapeake Bay in the summer to breed.

    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 2014, 6,191 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


    Photo Credit: ewitch / Flickr

    Reduce Polluted Runoff

    Instead of washing your car at home, bring it to a car wash! Commercial car washes clean and often recycle their wash water.

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