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Land Use Methods and Metrics Development

Land use change is a local issue with regional consequences. If not understood, mitigated or otherwise planned for, land use change can affect restoration and protection efforts. Improving our understanding and tracking of these changes will allow us to share this information with local governments, elected officials and other stakeholders.

Outcome(s)

Land Use Methods and Metrics Development 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 rate of farmland, forest and wetland conversion, measuring the extent and rate of change in impervious surface coverage and quantifying the potential impacts of land conversion to water quality, healthy watersheds and communities. Launch a public awareness campaign to share this information with local governments, elected officials and stakeholders.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)

Lead Workgroup

Land Use Workgroup

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

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

Participating Partners

State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Contact(s)

Renee Thompson, Geographer
(410) 267-5749
410 Severn Avenue
Suite 112
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
rthompso@chesapeakebay.net

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