Published: December 01, 1989
The 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement describes the living resources of the Bay watershed as "the main focus of the restoration and protection efforts." The "productivity, diversity and abundance" of estuarine plants and animals, the Agreement said, "are the best ultimate measures of the Chesapeake Bay's condition ." In keeping with this prority, the adoption in January 1988 of guidelines deifning water quality and habitat conditions necessary to support living resources was the first commitment fulfilled under the 1987 Agreement. Stock assessment, resource manage, and living resources monitoring plans were subsequently completed in July 1988, and policies to protect wetlands and to provide upstream passages for mmigratory fishes were adopted in December 1988.
Originator: Chesapeake Executive Council