The Chesapeake Bay watershed is rapidly urbanizing. More than eleven million people live in metropolitan areas, but few have the chance to interact with the region’s waters, forests and open lands. Despite this trend—or perhaps because of it—residents increasingly seek opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Multiple studies continue to document this high public demand for public access points, and meeting this demand will foster a feeling of shared responsibility for the region’s resources among its residents.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2020-2021 Public Access Logic and Action Plan Work Plan (pdf)
Public Access Site Development
By 2025, add 300 new public access sites, with a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing, where feasible.
Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
National Park Service (NPS)
State of West Virginia
State of Maryland
Olivia Wisner, Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team Staffer
410 Severn Ave
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
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