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Land Use Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

Land use is one of the most critical data sets for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Watershed Model. Land use data have previously been prepared by the CBP Land Data Team in consultation with the CBP Watershed Modeling Team. Land use classifications have been driven by available data and by the expressed needs of CBP workgroups to inform management decisions. The work of the Land Data Team has been reviewed by CBP Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in 2008 and 2010. During the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) process, differences have come to light between the land use data set used by that CBP that covers the entire watershed over a multi-decadal period and local-scale information. These differences have caused difficulties in implementation planning and reporting in support of the WIPs. As the responsibility to implement restoration efforts is pushed to the local governments, it is vital that the land use data used in the watershed model is perceived as relevant at the local government scale. To this end, the Land Use Workgroup will directly involve stakeholders in the generation of land use data for modeling. The challenge will be to assemble a more accurate baseline dataset using local information to the extent possible while estimating historic land use acreages in a clear, transparent, and logical fashion.

Goals include:

  1. To create a temporally, spatially, and categorically consistent and accurate land use dataset from 1982 to 2012 for all jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed using the best available data at all scales.
  2. To approve methods for projecting future land use conditions for all jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Jennifer Tribo (Co-Chair), Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Karl Berger (Co-Chair), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Peter Claggett (Coordinator), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Lindsey Gordon (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Dan Baldwin, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Gopal Bhatt, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
  • Bryan Bloch, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Chris Brosch, Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • David Bubniak, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Jason Dubow, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Barry Evans, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
  • Mary Gattis, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Normand Goulet, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Megan Grose, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • Rob Gunter, Queen Anne’s County (MD)
  • Claudia Hamblin-Katnik, City of Alexandria
  • Margaret Kaii-Ziegler, Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning
  • Bill Keeling, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Jim Lewis, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
  • Stephanie Martins, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Melissa Merritt, West Virginia Conservation Agency
  • Glenn Moglen, Virginia Tech
  • Laura Muhs, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  • David Newburn, University of Maryland
  • George Onyullo, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Denny Puko, Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Justin Shafer , City of Norfolk Department of Public Works
  • Michel Sheffer, Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Steve Stewart, Baltimore County, MD - Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management
  • Larry Stipek, Loudoun County Virginia
  • Kirk Stoner, Cumberland County Pennsylvania
  • Ted Tesler, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jen Walls, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Jeff White, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Julie Winters, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kristy Woodall, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Chris Yearick, Cornell Cooperative Extension (New York)

Upcoming Events

    Land Use Workgroup face to face meeting, December 2015


    Conference Call

    Date / Time:

    December 7, 2015
    10:00am - 3:00pm


    Face to face meeting for the Land Use Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.

    Conference line: 866-299-3188, Code: 2675715
    Adobe Connect: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/luwg
    For those attending in person, we will convene at the CBP Office (410 Severn Ave., Annapolis MD) in the Fish Shack.

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