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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

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Three decades after the Chesapeake Bay Program was formed, its partners have recommitted to restoring the watershed by signing a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

This plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries clarifies our vision, mission and values and establishes a set of goals and outcomes for the...


Strengthening Verification of Best Management Practices Implemented in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Basinwide Framework

Publication date: October 01, 2014 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Stakeholder groups, communities and people across the 64,000 square foot Chesapeake Bay region must have confidence that there is strong science behind the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet” (known as the Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL)...

Continuous High Residue Minimum Soil Disturbance BMP

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Small Watershed Grant and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Projects

Publication date: October 16, 2014 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program, managed and administered under cooperative agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay...

2014 LGAC Report to the EC

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Press Backgrounder: Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants (2014)

Publication date: | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Forty-five projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed received $9.8 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

The Small Watershed Grants (SWG)...

Backgrounder: Management Strategy Participation

Publication date: | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

This document provides the compiled list of planned signatory participation in the development of Management Strategies. As provided by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, participation in Management Strategies or participating in...

From the Principals' Staff Committee: A Commitment to Open and Public Participation

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On June 16, 2014, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. In a letter dated August 15, 2014, the members of the Principals' Staff Committee (PSC) pledged on behalf of the Executive Council to...

Recommendations of the On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems Nitrogen Reduction Technology Expert Review Panel

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Approved by the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, July 14, 2014

CBSAC 2014 Blue Crab Advisory Report Figures

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Annual report published by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) on the status of the blue crab population in the Bay and management advice for Bay jurisdictions.

CBSAC 2014 Blue Crab Advisory Report

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Annual report published by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) on the status of the blue crab population in the Bay and management advice for Bay jurisdictions. 

Meeting Summary - June 2014 full Fisheries GIT Meeting

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Meeting summary of the June 2014 biannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries GIT. The meeting took place at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA and covered topics including striped bass health, forage...

Water Quality GIT BMP Review Protocol

Publication date: | Type of document: Policy Document | Download: Electronic Version

July 14, 2014 version.

Summary of Public Comments on 1-29-14 Draft Agreement and Chesapeake Bay Program Response to Comments

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The following is a summary, arranged by topic area, of comments received on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement between January 29 and March 17, 2013, and the Chesapeake Bay Program's subsequent decisions related to each topic....

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Publication date: | Type of document: Agreement | Download: Electronic Version

Three decades after the Chesapeake Bay Program was formed, its partners have recommitted to restoring the watershed by signing a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

This plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries...

Land Use Options Evaluation Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Land Use Options Evaluation Outcome: By the end of 2017, with the direct involvement of local governments or their representatives, evaluate policy options, incentives and planning tools that could assist them in continually improving...

Land Use Methods and Metrics Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Land Use Methods and Metrics Outcome: Continually improve the knowledge of land conversion and the associated impacts throughout the watershed. By 2016, develop a watershed-wide methodology and local-level metrics for characterizing the...

Diversity Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Diversity Outcome: Identify minority stakeholder groups that are not currently represented in the leadership, decision making and implementation of current conservation and restoration activities and create meaningful opportunities and...

Backgrounder: Understanding the Outcomes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Publication date: | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement is arranged in layers. At the top-most visionary layer, the partners established an expansive, collective Vision for an “environmentally and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay Watershed”. They...

Backgrounder: About the New Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Publication date: | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has accomplished a great deal since the signing of our first collaborative agreement in 1983, but we still have much left to do. Like the others before it, the new voluntary Chesapeake Bay Watershed...

Adaptation Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Adaptation Outcome: Continually pursue, design and construct restoration and protection projects to enhance the resiliency of the Bay and aquatic ecosystems from the impacts of coastal erosion, coastal flooding, more intense and more...

Monitoring and Assessment Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Monitoring and Assessment Outcome: Continually monitor and assess the trends and likely impacts of changing climatic and sea level conditions on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, including the effectiveness of restoration and protection...

Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome: Each participating Bay jurisdiction should develop a comprehensive and systemic approach to environmental literacy for all students in the region that includes policies, practices and voluntary...

Sustainable Schools Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Sustainable Schools Outcome: Continually increase the number of schools in the region that reduce the impact of their buildings and grounds on their local watershed, environment and human health through best practices, including...

Student Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Student Outcome: Continually increase students’ age-appropriate understanding of the watershed through participation in teacher-supported meaningful watershed educational experiences and rigorous, inquiry-based instruction, with a...

Public Access Site Development Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Public Access Site Development Outcome: By 2025, add 300 new public-access sites, with a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing, where feasible. (2010 baseline year)

Protected Lands Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Protected Lands Outcome: By 2025, protect an additional two million acres of lands throughout the watershed—currently identified as high conservation priorities at the federal, state or local level—including 225,000 acres of wetlands...

Local Leadership Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Local Leadership Outcome: Continually increase the knowledge and capacity of local officials on issues related to water resources and in the implementation of economic and policy incentives that will support local conservation actions.

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Citizen Stewardship Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Citizen Stewardship Outcome: Increase the number and diversity of trained and mobilized citizen volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance the health of their local watersheds.

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention Outcome Justification

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Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention Outcome: Continually improve practices and controls that reduce and prevent the effects of toxic contaminants below levels that harm aquatic systems and humans. Build from existing programs to...

Toxic Contaminants Research Outcome Justification

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Toxic Contaminants Research Outcome: Continually increase our understanding of the impacts and mitigation options for toxic contaminants. Develop a research agenda and further characterize the occurrence, concentrations, sources and...

Healthy Watersheds Outcome Justification

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Healthy Watersheds Outcome: 100 percent of state-identified currently healthy waters and watersheds remain healthy.

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring Outcome Justification

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Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring Outcome: Continually improve the capacity to monitor and assess the effects of management actions being undertaken to implement the Bay TMDL and improve water quality. Use the monitoring...

2017 and 2025 Watershed Implementation Plans Outcomes Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

2017 Watershed Implementation Plans Outcome: By 2017, have practices and controls in place that are expected to achieve 60 percent of the nutrient and sediment pollution load reductions necessary to achieve applicable water quality...

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Outcome: Sustain and increase the habitat benefits of SAV (underwater grasses) in the Chesapeake Bay. Achieve and sustain the ultimate outcome of 185,000 acres of SAV Bay-wide necessary for a restored...

Tree Canopy Outcome Justification

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Tree Canopy Outcome: Continually increase urban tree canopy capacity to provide air quality, water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Expand urban tree canopy by 2,400 acres by 2025.

Forest Buffer Outcome Justification

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Forest Buffer Outcome: Continually increase the capacity of forest buffers to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Restore 900 miles per year of riparian forest buffer and conserve existing buffers until...

Fish Passage Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Fish Passage Outcome: Continually increase available habitat to support sustainable migratory fish populations in freshwater rivers and streams. By 2025, restore historical fish migratory routes by opening 1,000 additional stream miles,...

Brook Trout Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Brook Trout Outcome: Restore and sustain naturally reproducing brook trout populations in Chesapeake headwater streams with an eight percent increase in occupied habitat by 2025.

Stream Health Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Stream Health Outcome: Continually improve stream health and function throughout the watershed. Improve health and function of 10% of stream miles above the 2008 baseline for the watershed.

Black Duck Outcome Justification

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Black Duck Outcome: By 2025, restore, enhance and preserve wetland habitats that support a wintering population of 100,000 black ducks, a species representative of the health of tidal marshes across the watershed. Refine population...

Wetlands Outcome Justification

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Wetlands Outcome: Continually increase the capacity of wetlands to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Create or re-establish 85,000 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands and enhance the function of an...

Fish Habitat Outcome

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Fish Habitat Outcome: Continually improve effectiveness of fish habitat conservation and restoration efforts by identifying and characterizing critical spawning, nursery and forage areas within the Bay and tributaries for important fish...

Forage Fish Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Forage Fish Outcome: Continually improve the Partnership’s capacity to understand the role of forage fish populations in the Chesapeake Bay. By 2016, develop a strategy for assessing the forage fish base available as food for predatory...

Oyster Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Oyster Outcome: Continually increase finfish and shellfish habitat and water quality benefits from restored oyster populations. Restore native oyster habitat and populations in 10 tributaries by 2025 and ensure their protection.

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Blue Crab Management Outcome Justification

Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

Blue Crab Management Outcome: Manage for a stable and productive crab fishery including working with the industry, recreational crabbers and other stakeholders to improve commercial and recreational harvest accountability. By 2018,...

Comment Registry: Summary of Public Comments on 1-29-14 Draft Agreement

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The Comment Registry is a complete listing of all public comments on the January 29, 2014, Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which was released to the public for stakeholder input from January 29 to March 17, 2014. All comments...

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Filter Strips and Stream Buffer Upgrade Practices

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Full version, with all appendices, as approved by the WQGIT on 6/9/2014.

WQGIT Governance Protocols

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Blue Crab Abundance Outcome Justification

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Blue Crab Abundance Outcome: Maintain a sustainable blue crab population based on the current 2012 target of 215 million adult females. Refine population targets through 2025 based on best available science.

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Erosion and Sediment Control Practices

Publication date: April 14, 2014 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Full version of the report, approved by the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, 4/14/2014.

Calculation of Oyster Benefits with a Bioenergetics Model of the Virginia Oyster

Publication date: April 01, 2014 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

A bioenergetics model is formulated and validated for the Virginia oyster (Crassostrea virginica). The model considers two basic properties of a bivalve population: number of individuals and individual size. Individuals are represented...

The Chesapeake Bay Program 2013 (Report to Congress)

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A report on the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is required every five years as a mandate of the Clean Water Act, Section 117(h). The report includes: the status and trends of the Bay ecosystem; the effectiveness of CBP in implementing...

New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake [Executive Summary]

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New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges and opportunities in the Chesapeake compiles data collected and analyzed by Chesapeake Bay Program partners, including the University of Maryland Center for...

Homeowner BMP crediting memo

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Approved by the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, February 10, 2014.

Meeting Summary - December 2013 full Sustainable Fisheries GIT Meeting

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The full Sustainable Fisheries GIT met December 3-4, 2013 at Chesapeake Biological Lab in Solomons, MD.

CBSAC November 2013 Gear Selectivity Meeting Summary

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Summary of the CBSAC in-person meeting on November 21, 2013 to discuss gear selectivity in the Winter Dredge Survey.

Summary of Public Comments on 7-9-13 Abridged Draft Agreement, and Chesapeake Bay Program Response to Comments

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Chesapeake Bay Program partners welcomed stakeholder input on an abridged version of the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement between July 10 and August 15, 2013. Comments, emails and letters that were submitted during this public...

Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Watershed 2012-2013

Publication date: December 02, 2013 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay is a dynamic system. Across the watershed, rainfall, temperature and other conditions can fluctuate from month to month and year to year, impacting the surrounding environment. But tracking changes in ecological...

Press Backgrounder: Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants (2013)

Publication date: | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Forty projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed received $9.2 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

The Small Watershed Grants (SWG)...

Total Maximum Daily Load Criteria Assessment Using Monitoring and Modeling Data

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Applications of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) criteria for complex estuarine systems like Chesapeake Bay have been limited by difficulties in estimating precisely how changes in input loads will impact ambient water quality. A method...

Twenty-One-Year Simulation of Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Using the CE-QUAL-ICM Eutrophication Model

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The CE-QUAL-ICM (Corps of Engineers Integrated Compartment Water Quality Model) eutrophication model was applied in a 21-year simulation of Chesapeake Bay water quality, 1985-2005. The eutrophication
model is part of a larger model...

Monitored and Modeled Correlations of Sediment and Nutrients with Chesapeake Bay Water Clarity

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

This article analyzes the correlations of the observed and modeled light attenuation coefficient, Kd, with in situ total suspended solids (TSS) and chlorophyll-a concentrations in Chesapeake Bay (CB) tidal waters, and with sediment and...

The Shallow-Water Component of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Model Package

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The shallow-water component of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Model Package emphasizes the regions of the system inside the 2-m depth contour. The model of these regions is unified with the systemwide model but places emphasis on...

Evaluation of a Three-Dimensional Hydrodynamic Model Applied to Chesapeake Bay Through Long-Term Simulation of Transport Processes

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

A numerical model, the Curvilinear Hydrodynamics in 3-Dimensions, Waterway Experiment Station version (CH3D-WES), was applied to represent transport processes of the Chesapeake Bay. Grid resolution and spatial coverage, tied with...

Estimating the Extent of Impervious Surfaces and Turf Grass Across Large Regions

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The ability of researchers to accurately assess the extent of impervious and pervious developed surfaces, e.g., turf grass, using land-cover data derived from Landsat satellite imagery in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is limited due to...

Deriving Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Achieving and maintaining the water quality conditions necessary to protect the aquatic living resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries has required a foundation of quantifiable water quality
criteria. Quantitative...

Computing Atmospheric Nutrient Loads to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Tidal Waters

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Application of integrated Chesapeake Bay models of the airshed, watershed, and estuary support air and water nitrogen controls in the Chesapeake. The models include an airshed model of the Mid-Atlantic
region which tracks the estimated...

Featured Collection Introduction: Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Development and Application

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Featured Collection Introduction

Development and Application of the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load Model

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The Phase 5.3 Watershed Model simulates the Chesapeake watershed land use, river flows, and the associated transport and fate of nutrient and sediment loads to the Chesapeake Bay. The Phase 5.3 Model is the most recent of a series of...

Development of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load Allocation

Publication date: October 01, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Nutrient load allocations and subsequent reductions in total nitrogen and phosphorus have been applied in the Chesapeake watershed since 1992 to reduce hypoxia and to restore living resources. In 2010, sediment allocations were...

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Public Access Plan - Executive Summary

Publication date: January 30, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay and the major rivers are the region’s ecological and cultural lifeblood. They are the primary features that have shaped human habitation for millennia.

The very resource that means Chesapeake or Susquehanna or...

June 2013 Full SFGIT Meeting Summary

Publication date: July 09, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

A summary of the biannual Sustainable Fisheries GIT Meeting held June 17-18, 2013 in Colonial Beach, VA.

2013 Blue Crab Advisory Report Figures

Publication date: June 25, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Annual report published by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) on the status of the blue crab population in the Bay and management advice for Bay jurisdictions. 

2013 Blue Crab Advisory Report

Publication date: June 25, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Annual report published by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) on the status of the blue crab population in the Bay and management advice for Bay jurisdictions.

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Individual Stream Restoration Projects

Publication date: May 28, 2013 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

This version includes Appendices A-G. [Updated to include test drive results and re-approved by the WQGIT, 09-08-2014 ]

Circuit Rider Pilot Project 2009-2010 Final Report

Publication date: May 01, 2010 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

To accelerate the implementation of Bay restoration strategies, break down the barriers to local government involvement, and to highlight the integration of proven and innovative Best Management Practices that can be implemented...

April Sustainable Fisheries GIT Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

Publication date: | Type of document: Meeting Material | Download: Electronic Version

Modeling the pH in the tidal fresh Potomac River under conditions of varying hydrology and loads

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The pH of the freshwater portion of the Potomac River estuary attains 9–10.5, driven by photosynthesis during cyanobacteria blooms. Processes which contribute to elevated pH are examined by adding a massbalance model of the carbonate...

Enhanced HSPF Model Structure for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Simulation

Publication date: September 01, 2012 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

For more than two decades, an HSPF-based watershed model has been used to simulate nutrient and sediment load delivery to the Chesapeake Bay. Over time, the watershed model has increased in complexity commensurate with the management...

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Nutrient Management (short version)

Publication date: March 14, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

This short version does not include all appendices.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Public Access Plan

Publication date: January 30, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay and the major rivers are the region’s ecological and cultural lifeblood. They are the primary features that have shaped human habitation for millennia.

The very resource that means Chesapeake or Susquehanna or...

Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership BMP Verification Principles

Publication date: December 06, 2012 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Developed by the BMP Verification Committee and Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, these principles were adopted by the Principals' Staff Committee to guide the jurisdictions’ development and implementation of BMP verification...

Mid-Atlantic Elementary and Secondary Environmental Literacy Strategy Executive Summary

Publication date: June 06, 2012 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Managers are making tremendous progress identifying and tackling environmental issues facing the Chesapeake Bay. However, many of the remaining challenges to a healthier ecosystem are complex, diffuse, and directly in the hands of...

Bay Barometer: Summary of Indicators

Publication date: January 30, 2013 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay Program partners track and report on a wide variety of indicators of Bay and watershed health as well as watershed-wide restoration progress.

Bay Barometer: Spotlight on Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed 2011-2012

Publication date: January 30, 2013 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

Looking at data over time helps scientists understand natural variations as well as the long-term effects of restoration efforts. The data provided in Bay Barometer reflect the Bay’s health over the course of many years, and in some...

Integration of a fish bioenergetics model into a spatially explicit water quality model: Application to menhaden in Chesapeake Bay

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Although fish are usually thought of as victims of water quality degradation, it has been proposed that some planktivorous species may improve water quality through consumption of algae and sequestering of nutrients via growth. Within...

Data Analysis Issues Tracking System (DAITS)

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As the Chesapeake Bay Program Mainstem Monitoring Program reached its fifth
anniversary, EPA initiated a systematic review of the program design and implementation.
In the process of this review, numerous questions were raised which...

Management modeling of suspended solids in the Chesapeake Bay, USA

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The Chesapeake Bay, USA, suffers from multiple water quality impairments including poor water clarity. A management strategy aimed at improvingwater clarity through reduction of nutrient and solids loads to the bay is under development....

The Conowingo Dam and Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Publication date: January 15, 2013 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Each year, the Susquehanna River provides the Bay with one-quarter of its sediment loads. Working to curb these loads are three large reservoirs located along the lower portion of the river, each of which sits behind a dam. These...

Map: 2012 Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (PDF)

Publication date: August 28, 2012 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

The funding was provided through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which awards competitive grants of up to $1 million to projects that demonstrate innovative and cost-effective approaches to dramatically reduce or eliminate...

Map: Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Small Watershed Grants 1998-2012 (PDF)

Publication date: August 28, 2012 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

The Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program promotes community-based efforts to develop and implement conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. The...

Press Backgrounder: Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants (2012)

Publication date: August 28, 2012 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Forty-one projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed received $9.22 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

The Small Watershed Grants (SWG)...

Documentation for Scenario Builder

Publication date: January 04, 2013 | Type of document: | Download: Electronic Version

Creation of the Nutrient and Scenario Builder tool was achieved with the excellent assistance of the Chesapeake Bay Program Information Technology contractor’s team led by Jessica Rigelman. With her leadership, Jonathan Lewis, Robert...



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