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

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

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    Critter of the Month

    Snowy Owl

    January's Critter - The largest of all North American owl species, the snowy owl can captivate even non-birders’ attention.

    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: Jason Toney / Flickr

    Conserve Water

    To save water, only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

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