October 12, 2018
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On October 12, the Chesapeake Bay Program signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) in support of incorporating citizen science and non-traditional partner data into the partnership’s work.

This will be accomplished through the following six commitments:

  1. To work cooperatively to support and sustain a network of citizen scientists and non-traditional partners.
  2. To promote the collection of data by citizen scientists and non-traditional partners that can help the Bay Program adaptively manage and track progress toward the Watershed Agreement.
  3. To support Chesapeake Data Explorer, an open-access clearinghouse of data generated by citizen scientists and nontraditional partners, and integrate this data into monitoring networks for education, management, targeting and regulatory assessment.
  4. To develop and adopt methods for data integration into regional monitoring and assessment strategies.
  5. To collaborate with the CMC in training with diverse, equitable and inclusive volunteer and non-traditional partner base for monitoring efforts.
  6. To support and actively contribute to the review and implementation of standard protocols and quality assurance programs to produce data of known and documented quality across all seven watershed jurisdictions.

The CMC is a partnership of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Izaak Walton League and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Learn more in this blog post.

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