Programs & Projects

From simulating environmental models to monitoring the Bay and its tributaries, our partners help us advance Bay science, policy and restoration.

  • Modeling

    Modeling

    By simulating systems too large or too complex for real-world experiments, environmental models allow scientists to predict how management actions could affect our ecosystem.

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring

    Monitoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries allows us to detect changes that take place, reveals trends over time and improves our understanding of the natural world.

  • Quality Assurance

    Quality Assurance

    Our Quality Assurance Program ensures the accuracy of environmental data sets, including pollutants, water quality, land use, algae, fish, crabs and submerged aquatic vegetation.

  • Resource Lands Assessment

    Resource Lands Assessment

    The Resource Lands Assessment (RLA) uses GIS models and expert knowledge to provide a regional, multi-state look at the most important remaining resource lands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Chesapeake Bay TMDL

    Chesapeake Bay TMDL

    The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a federal "pollution diet" to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its vast network of streams, creeks and rivers.

  • Watershed Implementation Plans

    Watershed Implementation Plans

    Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) include detailed, specific steps each jurisdiction will take to meet the pollution reduction goals of the TMDL by 2025.

  • BMP Verification

    BMP Verification

    Best Management Practice (BMP) verification is a process that includes initial inspection, follow-up checks and evaluation of BMP performance.