In 2012, close to 74 percent of the tidal water segments of the Chesapeake Bay were fully or partially impaired by toxic contaminants. These contaminants include pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals and more, and can harm the health of both humans and wildlife. Improving our understanding of these contaminants will help us reduce their impacts, thus improving the health and value of living resources.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2018-2019 Toxics Research Work Plan Work Plan (pdf)
Toxic Contaminants Research
Continually increase our understanding of the impacts and mitigation options for toxic contaminants. Develop a research agenda and further characterize the occurrence, concentrations, sources and effects of mercury, PCBs and other contaminants of emerging and widespread concern. In addition, identify which best management practices might provide multiple benefits of reducing nutrient and sediment pollution as well as toxic contaminants in waterways.
Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)
State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
State of West Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Greg Allen, Partnering Goal Team Coordinator
410 Severn Avenue, Suite 109
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
To track the progress of one or more management strategies, visit our Management Strategies Dashboard.