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Healthy Watersheds

Promoting the long-term conservation of healthy watersheds is critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Healthy watersheds store carbon, provide wildlife with clean water and habitat, and are more resilient to the effects of invasive species and climate change. Healthy watersheds also generate ecosystem services and social and economic benefits that are difficult to replicate when restoring impaired watersheds. Thus, the maintenance of healthy watersheds is important for the ecosystems and communities that rely on them.


Healthy Watersheds One-hundred percent of state-identified currently healthy waters and watersheds remain healthy.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)

Participating Partners

State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
State of West Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Nature Conservancy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Local Government Advisory Committee

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