The Chesapeake Bay Program has developed a collection of two-year plans aimed toward achieving the goals and outcomes of the landmark Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Drafts are open for input through March 7.Learn more »
While the restoration of some habitats remains slow, experts report positive observations of pollution loads, underwater grass abundance and some fish and shellfish populations.Learn more »
Annual river flow has remained within its normal range for much of the last decade. But an increasingly variable climate has fostered increasingly variable river flow, potentially affecting habitats and pollution levels. (Photo: Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)Learn more »
Some snow- and ice-removal methods can send polluted runoff into streams and rivers, harming the Chesapeake Bay. But this wintertime how-to offers tips on deicing stairs and sidewalks the Bay-friendly way. (Photo: Arina P Habich/Shutterstock)Learn more »
The average amount of river water, in gallons, that flows into the Chesapeake Bay each day
Defining "diversity" helps in achieving lasting goals
The latest Bay Barometer offers a snapshot of environmental health
Plans outline short-term actions needed to achieve goals of Watershed Agreement
Conserving habitat for surrogate species helps build a healthy, balanced watershed
February's Critter - The Eastern screech-owl’s patterned gray or reddish-brown feathers help it camouflage with tree bark. It can be found year-round in wooded, urban or suburban areas.
A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.
The EPA established a "pollution diet" to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Bay.
Calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore the Bay.
A powerful statewide tool designed to assess and coordinate Bay restoration.
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.
Between 2010 and 2013, 6,098 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.
Keep lawn fertilizer off hard surfaces like walkways and driveways, where it can easily wash into storm drains.