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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Underwater grasses benefit aquatic life and serve critical functions in the Chesapeake Bay. Also known as submerged aquatic vegetation, underwater grasses add oxygen to the water; improve water clarity; provide food and shelter to fish and wildlife; and reduce shoreline erosion. Increasing grass abundance in the Bay and its rivers will improve the entire Bay ecosystem.


Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Sustain and increase the habitat benefits of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Bay. Achieve and sustain the ultimate outcome of 185,000 acres of SAV Bay-wide necessary for a restored Bay. Progress toward this ultimate outcome will be measured against a target of 90,000 acres by 2017 and 130,000 acres by 2025.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)

Lead Workgroup

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)

Participating Partners

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

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