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Decisions from the September 15, 2022 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Clean Water

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

In Progress
Request:
Fiscal support: Address remaining funding gaps for priority needs from the PSC Monitoring Review. a. Commit staff to attending to Monitoring Report “kick off” meeting in October and subsequent discussions. b. Identify potential resources.
Decision:
The WQSAM cohort will invite identified staff to the Monitoring Report Kick Off Meeting as soon as a date is confirmed.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
N/A

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

In Progress
Request:
Policy support: a. Apply monitoring results and analysis results to accelerate progress in 2025 WIP i. Interaction with WQ GIT, MB, and PSC
Decision:
The Management Board Agrees to apply monitoring results and analysis results to accelerate progress in 2025 WIP
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

In Progress
Request:
Ensure you support opportunities, as they arise, to expand staffing and technical assistance in the watershed to advance the 2025 WIP Outcome. Remind funders of the need to take support functions into consideration.
Decision:
MB agrees to create connections between funders and WQGIT to discuss/ expand staffing and technical assistance in the watershed to advance the 2025 WIP Outcome. Remind funders of the need to take support functions into consideration.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Research

In Progress
Request:
1. Support for jurisdictional and federal agency participation and engagement in PFAS-focused science and coordination efforts. a. Capacity to address forthcoming needs and recommendations from the STAC workshop report b. With adequate notice, make appropriate staff available to engage in quarterly TCW PFAS discussions
Decision:
The Toxic Contaminants Workgroup will reach out to each MB member with info on if their jurisdiction/agency is adequately represented and if not what kind representation is needed.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

In Progress
Request:
Develop clear communication materials for the public to convey expectations for 2025 and beyond 2025. Specific communications related to CAST were provided in the WQGIT letter from June.
Decision:
MB assigns the following task to the Strategic Engagement team. Develop and distribute communication materials for the public to convey expectations for 2025 and beyond. The MB recognizes that this need exists across outcomes. Once drafted, the MB will review and provide input on the materials, and the PSC will have ultimate approval.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Research

In Progress
Request:
1. Support for jurisdictional and federal agency participation and engagement in PFAS-focused science and coordination efforts. a. Capacity to address forthcoming needs and recommendations from the STAC workshop report b. With adequate notice, make appropriate staff available to engage in quarterly TCW PFAS discussions
Decision:
MB commits to trying to identifying appropriate type of representation to engage in quarterly TCW PFAS discussions.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Research

In Progress
Request:
2. Enhanced consideration by jurisdictions for reducing toxic contaminants when planning nutrient and sediment practices in 2-year milestones. a. Identify and facilitate opportunities for collaborations with other CBP workgroups including WWT, Ag, stream health and the sustainable fisheries goal team
Decision:
WQ, Habitat, and Fisheries GITs will invite Toxics WG to have discussions with their GITs on ways to better work together to consider practices that also could reduce toxic contaminants.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Due Date:
N/A

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

In Progress
Request:
Consider additional time to finalize the logical and action plan to allow the emerging science to inform our actions for the next two years. If additional time sensitive work is assigned to the WQGIT we ask the Management Board to prioritize what actions must be completed first.
Decision:
If additional time sensitive work is assigned to the WQGIT the Management Board commits to prioritizing what actions must be completed first.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

In Progress
Request:
Identify schools built before 1980 for TCW to target with awareness building and helpful materials for managing PCB materials. Due date 11/1/2022. TCW contacts Greg Allen and Doug Austin.
Decision:
TCW should develop communication materials about this issue then bring it back to MB. Jurisdictional MB representatives then commit to sharing with their respective Dept of Ed (or other as appropriate for their jurisdiction) for feedback before suggesting we conduct outreach to schools/districts.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

In Progress
Request:
Identify/Develop management controls that will ensure larger PCB-contaminated Blue Catfish are not promoted for use as a food source. Due Date 10/15/2022. TCW contact Greg Allen.
Decision:
Blue Catfish workgroup and Sean Corson have information to share on this topic. No specific action from MB is needed.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

In Progress
Request:
Scientific support: Management Board members and their agencies use the Strategic Science and Research Framework (SSRF) AS APPROPRIATE to guide federal and jurisdictional grants, proposals, and strategic planning (e.g., NFWF).
Decision:
The Management Board is not committing to a specific action for all partners but appreciates the availability of the SSRF framework for use in guiding their decisions for grants, proposals and strategic planning. STAR will present to MB members on the science needs database and Strategic Science and Research Framework for the purpose of engaging willing partners in strategic implementation for grant guidance.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
N/A

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

In Progress
Request:
Fiscal support: Address remaining funding gaps for priority needs from the PSC Monitoring Review. a. Commit staff to attending to Monitoring Report “kick off” meeting in October and subsequent discussions. b. Identify potential resources.
Decision:
The Management Board commits to identifying appropriate monitoring staff and connecting them with the WQSAM cohort by 9/30.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
September 30, 2022

Toxic Contaminants Research

In Progress
Request:
Support opportunities to advance PCB enhanced monitoring and assessment as proposed in the PSC monitoring report by allowing staff to contribute to this effort a. Feasibility* b. Funding c. Implementation
Decision:
The Management Board representatives commit to identifying the correct staff from each jurisdiction and agency to attend the enhanced monitoring kick off meeting (date tbd, in January) to explore feasibility, funding, and implementation. Staff contacts will be identified and sent to Breck Sullivan (bsullivan@chesapeakebay.net) by October 27.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
October 27, 2022

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

In Progress
Request:
Consider additional time to finalize the logical and action plan to allow the emerging science to inform our actions for the next two years. If additional time sensitive work is assigned to the WQGIT we ask the Management Board to prioritize what actions must be completed first.
Decision:
The WQGIT will include an action in the next logic and action plan to consider emerging science and monitoring and analysis results to inform our actions for the next two years. The Logic and Action Plan for the next two years will be approved as final at the January 2023 Management Board Meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
January 12, 2023

Decisions from the May 12, 2022 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Next-Generation Stewards

Environmental Literacy Planning

In Progress
Request:
Department of Education representatives/Management Board Members: We need to understand the cost required to implement and sustain systemic MWEEs in your state. CBP could assist by providing the sample survey we have prepared and/or hiring a contractor to interview district reps. Would like numbers by the end of the calendar year.
Decision:
ACTION 5a: Management Board Jurisdiction Representatives who agree to providing the requested information will do so by Dec 31, 2022.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
December 31, 2022

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
We need to understand the cost required to implement and sustain systemic MWEEs in your state. CBP could assist by providing the sample survey we have prepared and/or hiring a contractor to interview district reps. Would like numbers by the end of the calendar year. By the next Management Board meeting, we are seeking a “yes” or “no” from each state as to whether they will provide a number by the end of the calendar year and what assistance they need. Email Shannon Sprague (shannon.sprague@noaa.gov).
Decision:
ACTION 5: Management Board Jurisdiction Representatives are asked to email Shannon Sprague (shannon.sprague@noaa.gov) by June 9 indicating whether they will provide the estimated cost of implementing and sustaining systemic MWEEs in their jurisdiction (Yes or No), by the end of the calendar year. Jurisdiction Reps are asked to include what if any assistance they need to accomplish this action in their email.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
June 9, 2022

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Management Board Members: Establish an Action Team at the Chesapeake Bay Program to focus on Workforce pathways (Education Workgroup, Diversity Workgroup, Stewardship Workgroup, STAC, other Outcomes across CBP).
Decision:
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Education Workgroup
Due Date:
September 1, 2022

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Management Board Members: If you choose, nominate staff from the jurisdiction you represent to participate in a conversation around diversifying the environmental workforce through youth programs (high school/first jobs/college), including exploring intentional pathways involving CTE/STEM. Email names to Shannon Sprague (shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov) by May 26th.
Decision:
ACTION 4: CBPO Staff and cohort representatives will follow up with the Management Board Representatives to remind them of this voluntary action and seek responses by the May 26th deadline. Management Board members who agree to this action will respond by the deadline.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup
Due Date:
May 26, 2022

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Management Board Members: If you choose, nominate staff from the jurisdiction you represent to participate in a conversation around diversifying the environmental workforce through youth programs (high school/first jobs/college), including exploring intentional pathways involving CTE/STEM. Email names to Shannon Sprague (shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov) by May 26th.
Decision:
DECISION 1: The Management Board agreed to nominate staff from each of their jurisdcitions to discuss diversifying the environmental workforce through youth programs, including exploring intentional pathways involving CTE/STEM.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
May 12, 2022

Environmental Literacy Planning

In Progress
Request:
It is Maryland’s opportunity to host the 2023 Environmental Literacy Summit. PSC is the co-host of the event with Education Workgroup. Seeking agreement from Maryland PSC representative to co-host, and staff level contact(s) to begin planning in Fall.
Decision:
ACTION 2a: Cohort staff will follow up with staff level Maryland representatives to determine if the new MD governor’s administration will commit to hosting the 2023 Environmental Literature Summit.
Due Date:
February 1, 2023

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Department of Education representatives: Send the Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) survey to district superintendents and content supervisors for each of the school districts in your states.
Decision:
ACTION 1: CBPO staff and cohort staff will follow up with the Department of Education Representatives to remind them of this action.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup
Due Date:
May 13, 2022

Decisions from the February 17, 2022 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Stewardship

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
Explore solutions for the ongoing issue of maintenance in individual agencies.
Decision:
Action 10: Katherine Antos will prepare a presentation for the April Management Board Meeting to share a D.C. example of identifying creative solutions for public access maintenance funding. If creative solutions to address the challenge of public access maintenance funding exist in other states, the Management Board members are invited to share in March. After Katherine's presentation it will be determined if a follow-up meeting is necessary.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team
Due Date:
April 14, 2022

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Help Promote use of behavior change website. • Encourage your agency staff to attend training and use the site/data • Advise a mechanism for local government buy-in to 2022 data collection
Decision:
Action 8: MB Staff will schedule time at future MB meeting for Suzanne Etgen, Steve Raabe, Amy Handen and others to demonstrate behavior change website post launch. At this meeting, the Management Board will discuss how best to move forward on sub-asks. Local government LGAC representatives will be invited to this discussion.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Direct staff to identify cross-Outcome opportunities to engage people in stewardship.
Decision:
Action 9: Britt Slattery will draft an email inviting partners to identify cross-outcome opportunities to engage people in stewardship in advance of the showcase for the new behavior change website.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup
Due Date:
March 31, 2022

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Internal to CBP: Report demographic information of participants in the Bay Program from signatories to improve accuracy and reliability of current Diversity Indicator data. • Encourage individual response to the survey • Each signatory agency provide data on the diversity of their representatives participating in the CBP o Data collected by agency HR and sent to DWG coordinator by at the same time their milestones are due (annually).
Decision:
Action 4: Language can be shared with jurisdictions to guide conversations with HR departments. This will be confirmed following the meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
External to CBP: Support Development of new tracking initiative • Submit narrative responses annually • Report out semi-annually at MB meetings on efforts to address DEIJ
Decision:
Action 5: Diversity Workgroup will provide template for Narrative Responses to the Management Board
Due Date:
May 5, 2022

Diversity

In Progress
Request:
External to CBP: Support Development of new tracking initiative • Submit narrative responses annually • Report out semi-annually at MB meetings on efforts to address DEIJ
Decision:
Action 6: Management Board will begin submitting semi-annual narrative responses on September 30 using template provided by Diversity Workgroup.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
September 30, 2022

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Internal to CBP: Report demographic information of participants in the Bay Program from signatories to improve accuracy and reliability of current Diversity Indicator data. • Encourage individual response to the survey • Each signatory agency provide data on the diversity of their representatives participating in the CBP o Data collected by agency HR and sent to DWG coordinator at the same time their milestones are due (annually)
Decision:
Action 3: Diversity workgroup, Katherine Antos (DC), Wendy O’Sullivan (NPS), Jill Whitcomb (PA) and others will work offline to identify potential paths forward for possibly obtaining data on the government agencies’ diversity.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Internal to CBP: Report demographic information of participants in the Bay Program from signatories to improve accuracy and reliability of current Diversity Indicator data. • Encourage individual response to the survey • Each signatory agency provide data on the diversity of their representatives participating in the CBP o Data collected by agency HR and sent to DWG coordinator by June 30 (annually)
Decision:
Action 2: Encourage individual response to the survey once approved by OMB
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

In Progress
Request:
External to CBP: Support Development of new tracking initiative • Submit narrative responses annually • Report out semi-annually at MB meetings on efforts to address DEIJ
Decision:
Action 7: Management Board staff will reserve time for semi-annual reports on the Management Board work-plan in collaboration with the Diversity Workgroup
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Improve DEIJ considerations when making appointments to participate in the Bay Program • Revise governance documents • Consider people from diverse backgrounds
Decision:
Action 1: GIT 6 and Diversity Workgroup will meet to discuss proposed changes to governance document (see narrative analysis) and report progress back to the Management Board at the May 12 meeting.
Due Date:
April 28, 2022

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Provide advice on changing the terminology used in the Stewardship goal and Outcome statement.
Decision:
Action 1: (This Action is shared with the Diversity Outcome's Action 1) GIT 6 and Diversity Workgroup will meet to discuss proposed changes to governance document (see narrative analysis) and report progress back to the Management Board at the April 14 MB meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6) and Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Due Date:
April 28, 2022

Decisions from the November 18, 2021 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Aquatic Life

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
“The SAV Workgroup asks that the Management Board advocate for further reduction of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Total Suspended Sediment loads to the Bay. Improving water clarity will be the most effective way to improve SAV resilience to climate stressors and the only means of maintaining viable eelgrass populations in the lower Bay.” Addendum 11/23: Specifically, we ask the MB to help ensure that funding from the Infrastructure Bill is directed to programs and projects that support BMPs shown to have significant effects on N, P, and TSS load reductions to the Bay (that benefit SAV growth), such as technology improvements to wastewater treatment plants and stormwater run-off systems. Additional funding should be allocated to more site-specific projects that improve water quality and land-shore connections like riparian buffers and living shorelines. Finally, to support efforts to directly restore SAV where needed as water quality improves, infrastructure funding should be allocated to the construction and management of a large-scale SAV nursery to ensure that seeds are available when conditions are conducive to success."
Decision:
Maryland will explore options for creating a legal framework for participation in blue carbon markets similar to Virginia’s example.
Due Date:
N/A

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
“The SAV Workgroup asks that the Management Board advocate for further reduction of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Total Suspended Sediment loads to the Bay. Improving water clarity will be the most effective way to improve SAV resilience to climate stressors and the only means of maintaining viable eelgrass populations in the lower Bay.” Addendum 11/23: "Specifically, we ask the MB to help ensure that funding from the Infrastructure Bill is directed to programs and projects that support BMPs shown to have significant effects on N, P, and TSS load reductions to the Bay (that benefit SAV growth), such as technology improvements to wastewater treatment plants and stormwater run-off systems. Additional funding should be allocated to more site-specific projects that improve water quality and land-shore connections like riparian buffers and living shorelines. Finally, to support efforts to directly restore SAV where needed as water quality improves, infrastructure funding should be allocated to the construction and management of a large-scale SAV nursery to ensure that seeds are available when conditions are conducive to success."
Decision:
Management Board recognizes that achieving our water clarity goals via reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus, and total suspended sediment loads identified in our TMDLs is the most effective action toward realizing our SAV goals. As a result, the Management Board commits to taking benefits to SAV into consideration when applying funds (including the new federal Infrastructure Funding) to BMP implementation and welcomes input from the SAV Workgroup in identifying BMP types and locations (ex. co-location with SAV beds, oyster/mussel projects) that may be particularly co-beneficial to SAV restoration.
Due Date:
N/A

Forage Fish

Resolved
Request:
“Emphasize the need for shallow-water fish surveys and plankton monitoring to explore possible correlations between living resource data with water quality parameters”
Decision:
The Forage Action team will coordinate with Peter Tango and Lee McDonnell to ensure that forage needs are adequately considered in the ongoing monitoring needs assessment in advance of their presentation to the PSC in February.
Due Date:
N/A

Forage Fish

In Progress
Request:
“Connect information on forage status and trends to habitat conservation, land use, and other policy decisions (e.g., incorporate findings into CBC meetings)”
Decision:
Forage Action Team will contact the Chesapeake Bay Commission to schedule a presentation to CBC on recommended forage related topics when appropriate for both groups.
Due Date:
N/A

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
“Provide endorsement for research funding opportunities (e.g., GIT funding) that can address blue crab science needs”
Decision:
Management Board agrees to write letters of support as appropriate to realize funding for identified blue crab population research and assessment needs.
Due Date:
N/A

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
“Support science and research needs for blue crab population assessment and management needs identified in SSRF.”
Decision:
CBSAC and STAR will review current blue crab population assessment and management research needs identified in SSRF and update as appropriate.
Due Date:
December 9, 2021

Oysters

In Progress
Request:
“Support for DEIJ efforts”
Decision:
The Oyster Workgroup will work with the Diversity Workgroup to evaluate lessons learned on the restoration projects on the Lafayette River and Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River for applications to other projects over their next 2-year LAP.
Due Date:
February 3, 2022

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
“Reaffirm commitment from states, other partners, to ensure we complete planned work” “Amplify success to date” “Support for DEIJ efforts”
Decision:
ACTION 4: The Oyster Workgroup will include actions in their next 2-year LAP to collaborate with the Education, Stewardship, and Communications Workgroups on approaches to amplify/broadcast their success in achieving the outcome goals, including their benefits to the public and commercial fisheries and broader ecosystem services.
Due Date:
February 3, 2022

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
“Support science and research needs for blue crab population assessment and management needs identified in SSRF.”
Decision:
ACTION 7: Based on the Action 6 review, CBSAC will report back to MB on: a) their highest priority blue crab research, assessment, and workshop needs and timelines in order to achieve the Blue Crab Outcome. Included in this evaluation should be CBSAC’s recommendation on the value of conducting a new blue crab benchmark stock assessment, and b) estimated costs and recommended jurisdictional contributions for each of the above including a new blue crab benchmark stock assessment (if recommended).
Due Date:
February 24, 2022

Decisions from the August 12, 2021 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Healthy Watersheds

Fish Passage

In Progress
Request:
The Fish Passage workgroup requests that program partners continue advocating for the benefits of policies that promote fish passage.
Decision:
Action: The Fish Passage workgroup will work with LLWG, LGAC, Comms, and MB representatives as appropriate to disseminate knowledge from GIT-funded Road Stream Crossings project, USACE crediting calculator, and others to state/local highway departments and other appropriate audiences to promote fish passage and other environmental benefits of dam removal and culvert design.
Due Date:
July 1, 2023

Healthy Watersheds

In Progress
Request:
Renewed engagement from signatory partners including locating a new GIT chair.
Decision:
Action: Management Board Chair will reach out to partnership seeking necessary chair. UPDATE Jeff Lerner was installed as the new HWGIT Chair at their October 12 meeting. Outcome is still seeking increased engagement from Jurisdictions.
Due Date:
N/A

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Provide staff support to update of the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas habitat map layers
Decision:
Action: MB members will provide points of contact within the jurisdiction / agency they represent of appropriate technical / GIS expertise who can provide advice to PLWG (John Griffin and Renee Thompson) on available data layers and approaches to updating the Chesapeake Conservation Habitat Atlas. Points of contact to include, but not limited to Maryland DNR (Christine Conn) and USFWS. Other jurisdictional POCs are particularly needed. If at all possible, points of contact needed by Aug 26, 2021 in order to inform GIT Funding process.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
August 26, 2021

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Identification and support for scientific provider to continue updates to Chessie BIBI ▪ The workgroup has been able to secure CBP funding to implement a key priority action of identifying stressors and BMPs impacting stream health ▪ Sustaining funding through the remaining phases will be critical to achieving this action ▪ Continued support from the Management Board to support membership and GIT-based funding
Decision:
Postponed until Sept 23, 2021 MB meeting. All materials must be posted to MB website by Sept 9, 2021
Due Date:
September 9, 2021

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
Help determine how to address 2020 MDHWA GIT funding project shortfall (approximately $30,000).
Decision:
Action: EPA will check and report back on funding as soon as that information is available. Action: Renee Thompson will draft a description of the project and the current shortfall to be distributed to MB members to assist in the search for funding. MB members will review and report back at Sept 23, 2021 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
September 9, 2021

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Engage land conservation efforts to aid wetland and forest buffer BMPs
Decision:
Action: PLWG will draft language as action items in their next LAP which addresses land conservation efforts to aid wetland and forest buffer Outcomes and other water quality BMPs. MB members will review the draft language and come prepared to discuss how their jurisdiction / agency can contribute in their respective programs.
Due Date:
September 30, 2021

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Assist with facilitating a focus on health and equity to help meet multiple Watershed Agreement outcomes
Decision:
Action: PLWG will draft language for these bullets to be action items in their next LAP. MB members will review and be prepared to offer comments at the October MB meeting.
Due Date:
September 30, 2021

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Endorse an updated target of protecting 30% of valuable lands in the watershed by 2030
Decision:
Action: Given the likelihood of achieving the current Protected Lands Outcome, the Protected Lands workgroup (PLWG) will present to the MB recommended language, conditions, and timeline for potentially updating the Outcome target at October MB meeting. Materials will be submitted by September 30, 2021
Due Date:
September 30, 2021

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
Work with the BTWG and the appropriate agencies and organizations to increase efforts to implement the large-scale priority action items with the greatest impact. This includes providing CBP staff support to better coordinate with other CBP GITs on connected actions (e.g., reforestation, aquatic connectivity, eDNA monitoring) that address multiple Outcomes
Decision:
Action: Healthy Watershed cohort Outcome leads and MB volunteers will work together offline to develop cross cohort strategy for aligning efforts to achieve goals efficiently. Identified MB volunteers are Dave Goshorn, Scott Phillips, Michelle Price-Fay, Sally Claggett, others are encouraged to join. Stephen Faulkner is lead for scheduling a meeting to discuss.
Due Date:
September 30, 2021

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Due to time constraints, the Stream Health workgroup presented its progress materials at the September 23 Management Board Meeting. Following the Stream Health presentation, the partners discussed aligning requests across the Healthy Watershed Cohort’s outcomes to create action items to address each outcome’s needs. Gina Hunt, Allison Santoro and Stephen Faulkner were tasked with assembling a document with the questions, members, and member contacts for Stream Health and Fish Habitat workgroups.
Decision:
The Healthy Watersheds cohort leads, and Management Board Volunteers will share the finalized document with the Management Board by October 15, 2021. Management Board Jurisdiction representatives are asked to carefully the review the document and thoughtfully engage with the members of the workgroups whose contacts are provided to help meet the needs of and foster long term support of each outcome.
Due Date:
November 18, 2021

Decisions from the February 11, 2021 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Local Action

Land Use Methods and Metrics Development

Resolved
Request:
Support the long-term monitoring of land use conditions by re-soliciting a Cooperative Agreement to monitor land use/cover change every 4-5 years through 2030 (e.g., adding 2025/26 and 2029/30 dates).
Decision:
Peter Claggett will provide a briefing memo to the Management Board describing the current cooperative agreement, estimated costs, timeline, and recommended modifications for a renewed agreement, and suggestions on possible funding/cooperative partners. The briefing memo will be posted to the MB website by Feb 25. MB members will review and come prepared to discuss and identify a specific path forward at the March 11 MB meeting.
Due Date:
February 25, 2021

Tree Canopy

Resolved
Request:
In each state, Management Board members were asked to work with State Tree Canopy Lead to document existing programs/policies that could help maintain and expand tree canopy
Decision:
The Forestry Workgroup will provide a “one-pager” to the Management Board 1) identifying tree canopy leads in each jurisdiction, and 2) providing a brief description of the information requested from each jurisdiction. This document will be posted on the MB website no later than Feb 25 for discussion at the Mach 11 MB meeting. Soon following the March 11 MB meeting, MB members will meet with their tree canopy leads and Julie Mawhorter to discuss, with the possible goal of developing a GIT Funding proposal to address this need. DEIJ considerations should be included as appropriate.
Due Date:
February 25, 2021

Local Leadership

Resolved
Request:
Management Board Members were asked to accept an invitation from LLWG to attend a meeting with their (the MB member's) jurisdictional/regional trusted sources
Decision:
The LLWG will touch base with each jurisdiction to identify tailored next steps for increasing the knowledge and capacity of local officials, including identifying key strategies/actions for implementation in 2021 -2023. These “next steps” will be identified and documented in advance of the March 11th Management Board meeting.
Due Date:
March 10, 2021

Local Leadership

Resolved
Request:
Establish a team to work with the local action outcome cohort to: ● Identify key messages and audiences; ● Identify translators and trusted sources; ● Refine messages and audience with help from translators and trusted sources; ● Develop interpretative communication products ● Develop objective measures of success that the CBP can influence
Decision:
The Local Leadership Action Cohort and the Local Engagement Team (with assistance from GIT 6) will discuss how to address insufficient jurisdictional (state and local) involvement. This group will provide an update at the March MB meeting and, based on those discussions, will present a proposal for discussion and decision at the April MB meeting. A strawman proposal will be published to the MB website by March 25. Garrett Stewart can provide staffing if need be. Proposed Next Steps summary will be posted to the MB website by March 25 for discussion and decision by the MB at the April 8th meeting.
Due Date:
March 25, 2021

Decisions from the November 12, 2020 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Climate Change and Resiliency

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
Support more staff resources to Climate Resiliency Workgroup • Fulltime staffer • Technical analyst
Decision:
The CRWG and the Management Board discussed the CRWG's request to 'Support more staff resources for Climate Resiliency Workgroup (CRWG full-time staffer, technical analyst)' during the December 10, 2020 Management Board meeting. The Management Board requested that the CRWG articulate the actions where more staff resources would be required in their final revised Logic and Action plan so they could be discussed at a future meeting. This action is articulated in the request: "Identifying areas where increased resources are required in order to meet two year goals." on Chesapeake Decisions.
Responsible Parties:
Climate Resiliency Workgroup
Due Date:
December 10, 2020

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
Engage managers and other CBP partners for use of Bay-Wide Climate Resilience Scorecard • Identify potential stakeholder users
Decision:
The CRWG will be prepared to present and the Management Board will be prepared to discuss the CRWG's request to identify potential stakeholders to participate in the virtual scorecard development feedback sessions with the contractor during the December 10, 2020 Management Board meeting. A 2-page factsheet describing the purpose and targeted audience for the scorecard will be provided.
Due Date:
December 10, 2020

Wetlands

Resolved
Request:
Wetland • Direct Collaboration among State Agencies on Wetland Data. • Support and collaboration to ensure accuracy. Assign/commit/finance personnel.
Decision:
The Habitat GIT will work with Jeff Sweeney and others as appropriate to draft a brief description of the estimated expertise, analytical steps, costs, and timeline (i.e. “Scope of Work”) required to develop an actionable watershed-wide data call for the information necessary to track progress on 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Vital Habitats Outcomes. This description will be submitted to Garrett Stewart (stewart.garrett@epa.gov) in time for posting to the January Management Board Meeting page by January 7, 2021 and for discussion at the January 21, 2021
Due Date:
January 21, 2021

Black Duck

Resolved
Request:
Black Duck • Support and Coordination in Tracking the Acres of Restored Wetlands (both tidal and non-tidal) • Reach out to Partners individually to collect the last 5 years of wetland restoration data has had little success. • Help coordinate this data collection by instituting a formal data call or by encouraging the partners in their respective jurisdictions to provide their restoration numbers each year.
Decision:
The Habitat GIT will work with Jeff Sweeney and others as appropriate to draft a brief description of the estimated expertise, analytical steps, costs, and timeline (i.e. “Scope of Work”) required to develop an actionable watershed-wide data call for the information necessary to track progress on 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Vital Habitats Outcomes. This description will be submitted to Garrett Stewart (stewart.garrett@epa.gov) in time for posting to the January Management Board Meeting page by January 7, 2021 and for discussion at the January 21, 2021
Due Date:
January 21, 2021

Climate Monitoring and Assessment

Resolved
Request:
Recruit Stakeholders for Virtual Engagement Sessions regarding Bay-Wide Climate Resilience Scorecard.
Decision:
Management Board members will submit names and contact information of recommended stakeholders to participate in virtual engagement sessions to provide input on the Bay-Wide Climate Resilience Scorecard to Breck Sullivan (bsullivan@chesapeakebay.net) by the January 21, 2021 Management Board meeting.
Due Date:
January 21, 2021

Climate Monitoring and Assessment

Resolved
Request:
Indicator Guidance: • Identify utility behind climate indicators being selected
Decision:
At the request of the CRWG, this action was postponed until the April 8th Management Board meeting. The Climate Resiliency Workgroup, in coordination with STAR leadership and the Status and Trends Workgroup, will provide a descriptive list of which climate indicators have been prioritized based on requests from other GIT workgroups, recommended timeframes for updating, and potential responsible party for maintaining. This list will be submitted to the CBP office for posting on the Management Board website no later than March 25th, 2021. The Management Board will review the posted list and timeframes in advance and come prepared to decide whether they agree with the selected indicators and timeframes at their April 8, 2021 meeting.
Responsible Parties:
Climate Resiliency Workgroup
Due Date:
March 25, 2021

Climate Adaptation

In Progress
Request:
Establish funding plan for research agenda on climate change impacts to BMP performance to inform needed resilience actions • BMP uncertainties affect achievement of desired WQ, habitat and living resource outcomes • Ask ag workgroup and climate resilience workgroup and reps from CBC to meet to identify two to three top priorities and provide a brief description of each to pursue for potential federal funding.
Decision:
The Climate Resiliency Workgroup will provide a list of existing CBP-funded BMP climate resilience assessment efforts and coordinate with other CBP Workgroups as appropriate to review the "Phase III WIP BMP's: Drivers for Implementation between 2019-2025" (attached) to identify which BMPs have the greatest need for climate change research based on workgroup judgement. At the request of the CRWG, the deadline for this action was extended. The resulting information for this action will be submitted to the CBP office for posting in advance of the April 2021 Management Board Meeting. The Management Board reviewed the posted information in advance and came prepared to discuss, prioritize, and identify next steps at their April 8, 2021 meeting for subsequent submission to the PSC. Included in "Next Steps" was the option to schedule brief working sessions between the CRWG, CBC, and appropriate Workgroups to scope out specific research needs on the highest priority BMPs." Results from currently funded BMP climate resilience assessments (Virginia Tech projects with STAC and NOAA) will be available by September 2021 and can be used to help bolster this research agenda. Following the April 8th meeting, members of the Management Board were asked to provide feedback to the CRWG on how to prioritize and secure funding BMP climate change research, and how the Climate Action team can secure support for BMP climate change research. Michelle Price-Fay will reach out to Kelly Schenk to discuss strategies for achieving support for BMP climate change research.
Due Date:
March 25, 2021

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
Identifying areas where increased resources are required in order to meet two year goals.
Decision:
The Climate Resiliency Workgroup was granted an extension for submitting their SRS materials. They will prepare their next two year Logic and Action Plan as per the SRS process for public and signatory review by April 30, 2021, and for Management Board acceptance at the June 10th, 2021 Management Board meeting. The draft Logic and Action Plan prepared by April 30th will include actions that the Climate Resiliency Workgroup feels necessary to maintain progress toward achieving both climate resiliency outcomes. The version provided to the Management Board will also identify those actions which the Workgroup feels that they do not have the resources to complete within the 2 year timeframe. In preparing this Logic and Action Plan, the Workgroup is encouraged to work with partners to identify any actions which partners may be able to take on, and to suggest any other solutions for Management Board consideration. The Management Board will be prepared to help identify and discuss resource solutions that can support a path forward for both the climate resiliency outcomes at the September 23, 2021 Management Board meeting. This discussion was originally planned for the June 10th meeting but was postponed due to scheduling conflicts among the Climate Adaptation Outcome staff.
Due Date:
September 23, 2021

Decisions from the October 15, 2020 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Clean Water

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
MB members are asked to provide points of contact who are experts in PFAS science to coordinate with WQGIT Toxic Contaminants Workgroup in research in this area.
Decision:
Dave Goshorn will draft an email with requests for points of contact for each work group and send out to MB members by October 19. Names should be submitted to Hilary Swartwood (swartwood.hilary@epa.gov).
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
October 19, 2020

Decisions from the August 13, 2020 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Clean Water

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Resolved
Request:
Identify specific assistance to accelerate implementation particularly in the agricultural sector • Additional staff, increased funding, finer-scale decision tools? • What will help implement BMPs that are more effective to reduce nitrogen loads?
Decision:
Those jurisdictions that can easily provide the following information will review their WIPs to identify needs for additional staff, increased funding and finer-scale decision tools to accelerate implementation particularly in the agricultural sector. And if possible, determine what would be gained if the need was met. This will be shared with the rest of the MB.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Resolved
Request:
Jurisdictional involvement: Maintain existing funding support Commit to providing a list of jurisdictional participants for Criteria Assessment Protocol Workgroup Work with jurisdictions on making their technical staff available to help improve use of monitoring results to inform 2-year milestones
Decision:
Workgroup will provide a one-page document on these sub-bullets. MB will review in advance and discuss at October meeting.
Due Date:
September 3, 2020

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

In Progress
Request:
Allocate more staff and financial resources to move PCB TMDLs forward.
Decision:
Are there DEIJ funding opportunities that could help with this request? The Toxics Contaminants Workgroup (TCW) will provide the MB an answer to this question.
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
Policy: Encourage jurisdictions and federal agencies to consider toxic contaminants 2-year milestones in N, P, sediment management actions Approve and implement CBP responses to STAC CEC reports
Decision:
The TCW will return to the MB in September for their approval of the CBP response to STAC’s Contaminants of Concern (CEC) Workshop recommendations. The TCW will provide the necessary documents ahead of time.
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
Science: Coordinate the monitoring network for mercury Coordinated Science approach for PFAS
Decision:
Jurisdiction staff who work on mercury monitoring will provide the TCW with what they’re working on and suggestions on how to coordinate monitoring.
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Forest Buffers

In Progress
Request:
Prioritize Buffer Programs: - Identify 1-2 landowner assistance programs that could include or require buffers, amend the program and pilot the improved program. - Develop comprehensive statewide buffer strategy for all partners.
Decision:
The Management Board approved action for this request was not determined until the October Management Board meeting. At the October meeting. The Management Board approved the requests of the Forest Buffers Workgroup aimed at securing leadership and support for Riparian Forest Buffer goals throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Specifically, MB jurisdictional members are asked to a) identify two or more landowner assistance programs that could potentially be altered to include a stronger forest buffer component; b) flag potential state or federal funding streams that could be leveraged with private funding for a Natural Filters Restoration Program (NFRP)-type program; and c) nominate a high-level point of contact (MB, fiscal, Bay restoration, or water quality person) who will help investigate whether an NFRP-type program would work their state; and d) produce a high-level strategic action plan for RFB to better coordinate across partner affiliates and that incorporates improved technical assistance efforts Responses should be sent to Sally Claggett and Garrett Stewart.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

Resolved
Request:
Find co-benefits with N/P/S reductions
Decision:
GIT funding project put forward for 2020.
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
September 29, 2020

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Resolved
Request:
Criteria to help prioritize actions. Does the action: • Address a priority identified by the partnership during the next two-year period? • Result in a benefit that is applicable to more than one jurisdiction? • Support/accelerate implementation to achieve water quality goals?
Decision:
Two weeks before the October 15 MB meeting, the WQGIT will provide proposed prioritization criteria and actions to be prioritized. The MB will review in advance of the October 15 meeting and come prepared to discuss and then vote during their October meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Management Board
Due Date:
October 1, 2020

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Resolved
Request:
MB member institutions involved in providing monitoring support maintain existing support levels. Monitoring support: Maintain existing monitoring support - Request the MB commit to a future discussion on alternative financing strategies for monitoring - Commit to assessing application of matching funds in 117e grants and adjust matching portfolio - Request WQGIT and STAR formally incorporate new data streams into attainment assessments - Request STAC and STAR to work with partnership community to extend monitoring capacity
Decision:
The MB continues to support monitoring programs in the face of difficult budget decisions due to COVID-19. Workgroup will provide a one-page document explaining these sub-bullets for the MB. MB will review in advance and discuss at October meeting
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Forest Buffers

In Progress
Request:
Support the new Natural Filters Restoration Program - Identify public funding that could be leveraged, - Dedicate a staff person to help develop the program and stay engaged
Decision:
The Forestry Workgroup leadership will create a one-page document describing the Natural Filters Restoration Program and the attributes for the points of contact. After creating this document, the Forestry Workgroup will host an informational webinar for the Management Board. Based on this information, jurisdictions will identify potential public funding sources that could be leveraged to support the new Natural Filters Restoration Program.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

In Progress
Request:
Consider a stronger consortium
Decision:
At the January 2021 MB meeting, the TCW will provide an update on the consortium for discussion at the January MB meeting.
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
January 1, 2021

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

In Progress
Request:
Use existing permit controls (MS4, wastewater) to gain more low-detection data.
Decision:
What are the existing permitting opportunities and are any at no cost? TCW will provide the MB an answer to this question, with assistance from WQGIT, EPA Region 3, and the jurisdictions.
Due Date:
April 1, 2021

Decisions from the May 14, 2020 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Next-Generation Stewards

Sustainable Schools

Resolved
Request:
Initiate conversations with State Secretaries and Governors to increase recognition and visibility of Sustainable Schools programs.
Decision:
This management challenge in dependent upon an updated list of appropriate contacts for the Education Workgroup. The Education Workgroup shared a list of cleaning products that are both sustainable and approved by the EPA to be effect against the novel coronavirus. This list can then be shared with schools as a way to highlight sustainable schools.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Better connect regional and state environmental literacy efforts by updating a preliminary network analysis of state environmental education networks with contacts provided by Management Board members.
Decision:
The Education Workgroup provided the Management Board with a description of their request for contacts. The workgroup requested a contact from both the state natural resource and education agencies at the Division Director or higher level. By the June Management Board meeting, each member identified one to two contacts for the Education Workgroup. Following the June Management Board meeting, the Education Workgroup will share their preliminary network analysis with the Management Board.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
June 11, 2020

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Identify funding to support Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs).
Decision:
The Education Workgroup distributed the list of existing funding sources to Management Board members. The Management Board will review the list, discuss with relevant partners and return to the June meetingJune meeting to discuss.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
June 11, 2020

Student

Resolved
Request:
Build strategic statewide efforts to reduce barriers to schools using public lands by convening ed. and natural resource leaders.
Decision:
Two weeks before the July 9 Management Board meeting, the Education Workgroup will provide the MB with descriptions on potential actions for the MB, including details on current barriers to schools using public lands. MB will then identify actions during their July meeting. MB members agreed to convene jurisdiction meetings with the parks/natural resource contacts and education leadership contacts they identified.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
July 9, 2020

Student

Resolved
Request:
Increase in-service and pre-service teacher professional development by increasing funding opportunities and engaging partners
Decision:
Britt Slattery (MD DNR) will share the results from her team’s meeting on teacher training with the Management Board mid-to-late August. MB members can use this guidance and, if they so choose, hold similar teacher training meetings in their jurisdictions. The Education Workgroup will also add an action in their logic and action plan to draft a letter for the Management Board to send to land grant universities about increasing funding opportunities.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
August 31, 2020

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Stewardship GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Environmental Literacy Planning Management Strategy and Logic and Action Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) and Education Workgroup
Due Date:
November 10, 2020

Student

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Stewardship GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Environmental Literacy Planning Management Strategy and Logic and Action Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) and Education Workgroup
Due Date:
November 10, 2020

Sustainable Schools

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Stewardship GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Environmental Literacy Planning Management Strategy and Logic and Action Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) and Education Workgroup
Due Date:
November 10, 2020

Environmental Literacy Planning

In Progress
Request:
Use environmental literacy data to aid in decision making and increase participation in 2021.
Decision:
The Management Board will discuss using environmental literacy data to aid decision making after the list of environmental literacy contacts has been updated.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
January 1, 2021

Decisions from the February 13, 2020 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Stewardship

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
Development and implementation of programming that expands the number and diversity of public access site users by prioritizing programming.
Decision:
Within their Logic and Action Plan, the Public Access Workgroup will incorporate opportunities to engage with the Diversity Workgroup to discuss a better metric for tracking public access available for underserved communities. The workgroup will investigate tracking a quality target within the outcome as they develop their next two-year Logic & Action Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team and Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

In Progress
Request:
Management Board commit to attending Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) trainings
Decision:
The Diversity Workgroup is working with the Management Board to align a future DEIJ training with an upcoming Management Board meeting so that more members can participate.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
New funding strategies by Federal and State agencies to include funding for maintenance, planning, and development of public access sites.
Decision:
The Public Access team chair will provide Management Board members with a breakdown of jurisdiction and federal funding sources, as well as a charge with what information would be helpful from the Management Board. The Public Access team chair provided the list to the Management Board at their May meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team and Management Board
Due Date:
April 9, 2020

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Review and discuss the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy and establish the process for implementation
Decision:
At their May 14 meeting, the Management Board reviewed the CBP DEIJ Strategy, and an accompanying Strategy Endorsement Statement, and recommends the Principals’ Staff Committee formally endorse the strategy at their May 22 meeting May 22 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
April 9, 2020

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Be champions for funding related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice, including grants and workforce development
Decision:
MB members could compile the DEIJ opportunities they are aware of for entry level positions. A future MB agenda topic could be discussing examples of grant guidance that effectively incorporates DEIJ considerations. The Diversity Workgroup provided MB with an initial tracking sheet in April 2020.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
April 9, 2020

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Make social science an increasing priority in the CBP partnership.
Decision:
There is a new EPA CBPO staff position focused on behavior change. This staff member will coordinate with the Citizen Stewardship workgroup to identify opportunities for collaboration. The staff member and workgroup will determine the scope of social science work needed for the partnership and report back to the Management Board in fall 2020. Incorporating social science into the Strategic Science and Research Framework will be a component of this scope of work. Amy Handen has been on-boarded to her new position and will serve as lead for this action.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Utilize social science frameworks and stewardship data to better design public engagement, education and behavior change programs.
Decision:
Technical leads for upcoming, currently GIT funded workshops could commit to incorporating social science into the delivery of their workshops. The Citizen Stewardship and Diversity workgroups, in particular, should explore regular opportunities for closer collaboration. This will be a component of the social science scope assessment that the Citizen Stewardship workgroup will report on to the Managemetn Board in fall 2020.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup and Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
September 17, 2020

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Adjust the diversity in leadership target based on the correct baseline data
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to revise the leadership target. The Diversity Workgroup will return to the Management Board with a recommended target.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Increase opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate in the CBP
Decision:
During the September or October Management Board meetings, there will be a round robin on what members are doing and will do to address DEIJ. During the May meeting, the Management Board approved a CBP DEIJ Statement and recommended it to the PSC for approval and recommendation for adoption by the Executive Council during its August 2020 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup and Best Management Practices (BMP) Verification Committee
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
Continue to support future data collections in the once/3-5 year frequency.
Decision:
In 2022, the workgroup will return with a request to start another cycle of data collection as a GIT-Funded project. To prepare for this request, Citizen Stewardship workgroup leadership will collaborate with Tuana Phillips (EPA) on the Information Collection Request.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup
Due Date:
January 20, 2022

Decisions from the November 14, 2019 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Aquatic Life

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Habitat GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the SAV Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2) and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup
Due Date:
May 12, 2020

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
Acknowledge the success of oyster restoration efforts.
Decision:
Sean Corson (NOAA) will meet with Rachel Felver (CBP Communications Director) to identify “digestible, memorable bites” for sharing oyster success stories. At the December 12 Management Board meeting, they reported that they will continue to meet on a quarterly basis to share NOAA's work on oysters. These oyster success vignettes could be shared at Management Board meetings, as well as other meetings.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1) and Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
Support in addressing the major barrier to oyster restoration success: funding.
Decision:
Sean Corson (NOAA) and Sarah Diebel (DOD) will discuss how the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program could be used to aid oyster restoration. At the December 12 Management Board meeting, they reported back and will continue to investigate how REPI could be used to help oyster restoration.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1) and Management Board
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Forage Fish

Resolved
Request:
Linking forage indicators to other relevant workgroups/outcomes (e.g. habitat, water quality)
Decision:
STAR and the Forage Action Team will identify where there is monitoring, mapping, and nearshore data being collected outside of the Forage Action Team efforts. Based on this review, they will identify geographic priority action areas for nearshore monitoring. This could be accomplished through a mapping exercise. STAR will then host a meeting that will include other Outcomes with interests in shallow water monitoring and generate a list of recommendations back to the MB on next steps. At the December 12 Management Board meeting, STAR reported that the nearshore monitoring needs of the various Aquatic Life cohort outcomes do not overlap.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR) and Forage Action Team
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Forage Fish

Resolved
Request:
Nearshore habitat monitoring, shoreline hardening
Decision:
Representatives from this cohort (and a few other workgroups) will meet with the SRS Planning Team to figure out next steps. This could be a topic of discussion at a future GIT chairs meeting. The SRS Planning Team recommended that nearshore monitoring be a topic of discussion at the December STAR meeting. After the meeting, STAR reported to the Management Board that these nearshore monitoring efforts do not overlap.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Forage Action Team, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup, Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1) and Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
Continue to support efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to the Bay.
Decision:
The SAV Workgroup will identify resilient, long-term SAV beds for protection. Modeling Workgroup will then provide estimated watershed sub-basins that most influence the SAV beds. Lew Linker (EPA) and Brooke Landry (DNR) will report a plan of action to the Management Board at their December meeting. At the December meeting, Brooke Landry (MD DNR) and Lew Linker (EPA) presented an assessment tool that used geographic isolation runs to estimate where the nutrients are coming from that would impact the area where SAV beds are located The Modeling Workgroup tool would help identify areas on the land where focused BMPs could be prioritized that would most impact these unique SAV areas. The tool used to do this analysis may be found at the following link: https://gis.chesapeakebay.net/modeling/geoisoruns/
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Modeling Workgroup and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
Analytical training for staff
Decision:
Training needs will be discussed at the December 17 STAR meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR), Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1) and Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
December 17, 2019

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
Modeling and analytical training for staff.
Decision:
EPA region 3 staff offer training and are interested in providing this training to CBPO staff. Bill Jenkins (EPA) will work with region 3 staff to schedule training. Bill Jenkins will first check with GIT 1 Executive Committee staff on specifics and then work with EPA to schedule appropriate training if available. EPA hosted an R training for CBPO staff in May 2020.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Due Date:
March 12, 2020

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
Continue to support science and research needs for blue crab population assessment and management
Decision:
There may be alignment with the National Park Service in creating an e-reporting/mobile tracking app. After further examination, there was not alignment between the National Park Service tracking app and the goals for tracking blue crab population.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5) and Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Due Date:
March 12, 2020

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
Consider the implications of competing goals related to shallow water uses.
Decision:
Topic of discussion at future GIT Chairs meeting. Relevant workgroup chairs will be invited to this meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup and Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
June 11, 2020

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

In Progress
Request:
Awareness of the SAV Workgroup's GIT Funding project that reviewed policies, statutes and regulations that protect SAV in the Chesapeake Bay.
Decision:
The SAV Workgroup will present the results of the GIT Funding project to the Management Board in September or October 2020. Before then, Matt Fleming (MD DNR) will organize a small meeting of PRFC, USACE, and the appropriate regulatory reps from DC, MD, and VA to review recommendations.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
Continue to support science and research needs for blue crab population assessment and management.
Decision:
Signatories who are committed to the Blue Crab Abundance outcome will continue to support science and research needs for blue crab population assessment and management. Management Board members will ensure that appropriate decision makers within their jurisdiction are aware of the value of blue crab monitoring and research to continued management of the species.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board, Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee and Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Due Date:
N/A

Healthy Watersheds

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
The Management Board requested an extension of the public and signatory review period for the Healthy Watersheds cohort management materials.
Decision:
The review period was extended to January 3, 2020 due to the large number of documents that need to be reviewed in this cohort. Also under review are two outstanding sets of documents from the first cycle of the SRS (Wetlands outcome and Land Use Methods and Metrics outcome). The changes in document deadlines are reflected on the Document Status page of ChesapeakeDecisions.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
January 3, 2020

Decisions from the August 15, 2019 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Healthy Watersheds

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Limit and simplify workgroup reporting to focus on implementing logic and action plan
Decision:
The Management Board recommended the Stream Health workgroup work with their Habitat GIT coordinator/staffers and GIT 6/SRS support team.
Responsible Parties:
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
N/A

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Evaluate options and make recommendations for revising the Stream Health outcome
Decision:
The Stream Health workgroup will return to the Management Board, if they would like to recommend a change to the outcome.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Stream Health Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Ensure active participation from all jurisdictions
Decision:
The Management Board recommended the Stream Health workgroup share their membership list with GIT 6.The Stream Health workgroup shared their membership list with GIT 6 and is working on their membership structure..
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Stream Health Workgroup and Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
September 5, 2019

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
Renewed engagement of HWGIT members
Decision:
The Healthy Watersheds workgroup provided the Management Board with a list of which partners are participating in the workgroup.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
September 5, 2019

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Support for BIBI Data call for 2012-2017
Decision:
The Stream Health Workgroup shared with Management Board members a list of whom they contacted at each agency and what requested information is missing on September 19. Management Board members will follow-up with appropriate staff in their jurisdictions to ensure that the correct staff are receiving the request.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Stream Health Workgroup
Due Date:
September 5, 2019

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Fund science and research on trends influencing land protection
Decision:
The Management Board recommended the Protected Lands outcome collaborate with the Modeling Workgroup's efforts on climate change, water quality trends, and whether land use modeling can inform the loss of habitat. The Protected Lands outcome provided an update at the September 19 Management Board meeting. Management Board members suggested USGS, FWS, LGAC and the diversity workgroup as potential groups for collaboration.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Protected Lands Workgroup
Due Date:
September 19, 2019

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Assistance with pursuing FEMA authorization and funds that promote land conservation as a flood mitigation tool.
Decision:
Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission, volunteered to be the Management Board member that will help facilitate the conversation between the Protected Lands outcome and FEMA.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
September 19, 2019

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Research on trends influencing land protection
Decision:
The CBPO GIS team could conduct a mapping exercise to see where brownfields, median strips or rooftops could be used to site solar fields rather than on conserved lands. The Protected Lands outcome provided an update at the September 19 Management Board meeting and will work with the CBP Modeling Team and Chesapeake Conservancy on these efforts.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Protected Lands Workgroup
Due Date:
September 19, 2019

Fish Passage

Resolved
Request:
Bring awareness to dam safety programs that dam removal is a viable option to consider.
Decision:
The Management Board discussed fish passage actions at the October 17 Management Board meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Fish Passage Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
October 17, 2019

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
Intern support for stressor white paper
Decision:
The US Geological Survey can provide a staff person to write the white paper. The Management Board recommends the Stream Health Workgroup meet with USGS to determine project details. USGS provided the intern support and the white paper is in progress.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Stream Health Workgroup
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Fish Habitat

Resolved
Request:
Setting shoreline hardening limits.
Decision:
The CBPO GIS team could conduct a mapping exercise to identify target areas for shoreline restoration. This was discussed during the September 2019 STAR meeting. Based on this exercise and the GIT Funding projects, Management Board members could share information on softening shorelines to state and local representatives.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1) and Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
December 12, 2019

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
Increased collaboration between “sister” outcomes to help with awareness, timing and capacity.
Decision:
The October 29 GIT Chairs meeting will be dedicated to identifying ways to increase collaboration between outcomes, focusing first on the Stream Health and Fish Habitat outcomes.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1), Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3), Stream Health Workgroup, Fish Habitat Action Team and Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
January 16, 2020

Fish Passage

Resolved
Request:
Modify outcome language.
Decision:
After requesting public feedback, the Principals' Staff Committee approved the outcome modification at their January 2020 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Fish Passage Workgroup and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
February 13, 2020

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
CBPO staff support to help develop and maintain tracking spreadsheet/tool
Decision:
CBPO staff will determine if this is feasible within current CBP data tracking tools. A meeting with Brook Trout outcome leads and EPA staff to discuss a new analyst position is scheduled for late September. The Brook Trout workgroup determined there is sufficient resources within CBPO to maintain and manage a tracking tool.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Brook Trout Action Team
Due Date:
March 12, 2020

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Sustain and grow public financing for land conservation and facilitate new sources of financing
Decision:
The Management Board recommended the Protected Lands outcome participate in the SRS Financing Forum. Protected Lands staff participated in the March 2020 Finance and Investment Forum.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Budget and Finance Workgroup and Protected Lands Workgroup
Due Date:
March 12, 2020

Healthy Watersheds

In Progress
Request:
Increase outcome connection to local leadership engagement
Decision:
There are three previous and ongoing efforts that are related to increasing outcome engagement with local leaders: The EcoLogix report that identified local level priorities, the local leadership engagement strategy presented to the Management Board in May 2019, and an upcoming GIT funding project on creating cross-watershed education materials. Once there is more progress on these efforts, the local leadership workgroup coordinator will report to the Management Board.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Local Leadership Workgroup, Local Government Advisory Committee, Management Board, Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1), Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2), Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4) and Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Due Date:
September 10, 2020

Fish Habitat

Resolved
Request:
Evaluate the success of the WIP engagement fact sheets in the short-term
Decision:
Lewis Linker (EPA) and Sean Corson (NOAA) met to use current Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) implementation information in the input decks to identify where the Fish Habitat co-benefit fact sheet was used in the WIPs. Upon further examination, the Phase 6 watershed model is at too coarse a resolution to determine if the Fish Habitat co-benefit fact sheet was used in the WIPs. The next generation of model may be at a fine enough scale to handle the requested analysis. Based on the success of the fish habitat pilot, Management Board members will decide whether to pursue the same exercise with the other eleven outcomes that requested inclusion in the Phase III WIPs. Lewis Linker (EPA) and Emily Trentacoste (EPA) will provide an update to the Management Board at their October meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Fish Habitat Action Team, Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Management Board
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
Increase funding for monitoring and travel support within the agencies represented on the workgroup.
Decision:
The Management Board will determine if it is worth the investment to increase monitoring frequency. The workgroup will incorporate the steps necessary to answer this question into their logic and action plan and will return to the MB with more information to help this decision. The 2020 data was delayed, and the Brook Trout workgroup will report back to the Management Board at their October 2020 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Brook Trout Action Team and Management Board
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Fish Habitat

Resolved
Request:
Evaluate the success of the WIP engagement fact sheets in the long term
Decision:
CBP modeling team could conduct a fine scale gap analysis and return to Management Board with some prototypes on how to identify where the WIPS used the twelve co-benefit fact sheets. Lew Linker (EPA) and Emily Trentacoste (EPA) will provide an update to the Management Board on this analysis and other co-benefits projects occurring at the Chesapeake Bay Program at the Management Board's October meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
October 15, 2020

Decisions from the November 15, 2018 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Local Action

Land Use Options Evaluation

In Progress
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Maintain Healthy Watersheds GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Land Use Options Evaluation Management Strategy and Work Plan. A new deadline has not been set.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
N/A

Tree Canopy

Resolved
Request:
To insure local and partner engagement in tree canopy strategies and tracking progress.
Decision:
The Management Board asked the Forestry Workgroup to notify them once a date is selected for the Tree Canopy Summit 2.0 so they can coordinate and prevent scheduling conflicts.The workgroup will return to the MB as needed with updates and requests as they plan the Tree Canopy Summit. The Summit is scheduled for January 2020.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Forestry Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Land Use Methods and Metrics Development

Resolved
Request:
Modify outcome language.
Decision:
After requesting public feedback, the Principals' Staff Committee approved the outcome modification at their January 2020 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Land Use Workgroup, Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6) and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
N/A

Local Leadership

Resolved
Request:
Support in recognizing the role that local governments play in meeting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Decision:
The Management Board asked the Local Leadership Workgroup to draft a strategy including how to integrate requests from all relevant outcomes regarding engaging local leadership (in particular, the Land Use Options Evaluation, Land Use methods and Metrics Development, and Tree Canopy outcomes). The draft CBP Local Engagement Strategy was presented to the Management Board at its May 2019 meeting. The Management Board supports the approach outlined in the draft strategy and will stay informed of progress on the pilot initiative.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Responsible Parties:
Local Leadership Workgroup
Due Date:
February 14, 2019

Land Use Methods and Metrics Development

Resolved
Request:
To delegate maintenance of jurisdiction-specific datasets to the jurisdictions.
Decision:
The Management Board recommended that the Land Use Workgroup meet with the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team and Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 GIS team to discuss its needs and available resources. The workgroup will draft a document for the Management Board detailing clear requirements and specifications about the needed datasets, lessons learned, common errors, frequent challenges that delay finalization, impacts on Chesapeake Bay Program staff and priorities, and recommended next steps. The Land Use Workgroup met with the EPA Region 3 MS4 team and plans to request assistance from the Region 3 MS4 Lead.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Land Use Workgroup
Due Date:
February 14, 2019

Tree Canopy

Resolved
Request:
Promote tree canopy more vigorously through Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) efforts and state/local stormwater programs. Assure agency teamwork in integrating tree canopy goals in WIP planning and stormwater program delivery.
Decision:
The Management Board asked the Forestry Workgroup to assess if the Chesapeake Stormwater Network could be provided with funding to help with needed additional capacity. The workgroup will return to the Management Board as needed with updates and requests as they plan the Tree Canopy Summit 2.0 for either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Forestry Workgroup
Due Date:
February 14, 2019

Land Use Methods and Metrics Development

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Maintain Healthy Watersheds GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Land Use Methods and Metrics Development Management Strategy and Work Plan. The management materials were submitted on November 8, 2019 for public and signatory review.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Due Date:
November 8, 2019

Decisions from the August 9, 2018 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Climate Change and Resiliency

Climate Monitoring and Assessment

Resolved
Request:
Prioritization of the monitoring needs that could be met by and therefore inform the work of citizen science programs.
Decision:
The Management Board committed to reviewing and prioritizing all of the science and data needs expressed by Goal Implementation Teams (GITs) and workgroups during the first cycle of the Biennial Strategy Review System (SRS) after this cycle ends in November. STAR presented the strategic science and research framework at the 2019 Review Meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Black Duck

Resolved
Request:
The Black Duck Action Team asked the Management Board to agree to its decision to develop a new indicator of progress toward the Black Duck outcome.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to this decision, as long as this habitat-based indicator describes both wetland acreage and the black duck population this acreage could support. The development of this indicator is expected to require staff support, partner coordination and the promotion of a related decision-support tool to decision-makers and funders. The Management Board directed the Black Duck Action Team to work with the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to determine how black duck-specific decision-support tools can fit into and be promoted alongside the partnership’s existing decision-support tool suite.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Black Duck Action Team and Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
Incentives for Goal Implementation Teams (GITs) to consult the partnership’s Climate Smart Framework and Decision-support Tool before updating their management strategies and work plans.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to incorporate the use of this tool into its instructions for updating these guiding documents. Climate Resiliency Workgroup staff will attend the SRS cohort check-in meetings and SRS STAR presentations to help incorporate the use of this tool into the SRS process.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Climate Monitoring and Assessment

In Progress
Request:
Help meeting a Principals’ Staff Committee request to provide Chesapeake Bay Program partners with more information about the impact climate change could have on best management practice siting and design.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Climate Resiliency Workgroup to work with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) to develop a detailed statement of needs, a list of short-term and long-term suggestions for how the Management Board might meet this request, and a list of critical contacts (e.g., National Science Foundation). The workgroup updated the Management Board on the status of this work at its February 2019 meeting. The Management Board recommended the workgroup work with the Water Quality GIT and STAC to begin compiling short-term guidance and long-terms plans to address climate impact on BMPs.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Climate Resiliency Workgroup, Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR) and Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
N/A

Wetlands

In Progress
Request:
Incentives for planners and practitioners to use existing decision-support tools to ensure wetland restoration occurs on high-priority rather than merely available land.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Wetland Workgroup to work with the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to determine how wetland-specific decision-support tool(s) can fit into and be promoted alongside the partnership’s existing decision-support tool suite.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Wetland Workgroup and Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
The incorporation of climate considerations into the narrative portions of Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs).
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Climate Resiliency Workgroup to send its draft guidelines for fulfilling this request to the Management Board and the Water Quality GIT for review, feedback and approval. The Management Board approved the sample climate narrative guidance at its October 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Climate Resiliency Workgroup
Due Date:
September 10, 2018

Wetlands

Resolved
Request:
New leaders of and more active participation on the Wetland Workgroup.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Wetland Workgroup to provide it with a list of current workgroup members and a summary of its proposed workgroup changes. The Management Board reported on its efforts to recruit workgroup members and confirm the appropriate staff from their own agencies are serving on the workgroup at its September 2018 meeting. The Wetlands Workgroup now has a chair and held a revitalization meeting in February 2018.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Wetland Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
September 13, 2018

Climate Adaptation

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted STAR's request for an extension on the deadline of the Climate Resiliency Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Climate Monitoring and Assessment

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted STAR's request for an extension on the deadline of the Climate Resiliency Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Black Duck

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Habitat GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Black Duck Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Wetlands

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Habitat GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the Wetlands Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Due Date:
November 8, 2019

Decisions from the May 15, 2018 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Clean Water

Forest Buffers

Resolved
Request:
Improved forest buffer implementation.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to discuss how Lean Government could be used to identify broken or missing links in the forest buffer implementation process at its June 2018 meeting. At its June 2018 meeting, the Management Board agreed to form a Forest Buffers Action Team to identify high-priority actions that may be taken by the Management Board and/or Principals’ Staff Committee to accelerate progress toward the Forest Buffers Outcome.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
June 14, 2018

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Resolved
Request:
Approval of the decision to focus next two-year work plan on developing Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) and achieving the partnership-driven commitments that emerged from the Midpoint Assessment.
Decision:
The Management Board approved this request.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
N/A

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2017

Resolved
Request:
To retire the 2017 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) outcome.
Decision:
The Management Board did not agree to consider this outcome retired, but did agree to allow the GIT to refrain from developing a corresponding two-year work plan and instead focus on making progress toward the 2025 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) outcome.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
N/A

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
Greater emphasis on reducing toxic contaminants in the stormwater, wastewater and agriculture sectors.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Water Quality GIT to use the expertise of its sector-specific workgroups to encourage partners to implement best management practices that will reduce toxic contaminants and nutrient and sediment pollution within these sectors.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
N/A

Forest Buffers

Resolved
Request:
Alignment of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s schedule for verifying best management practices and the accepted schedule for re-enrolling landowners in forest buffer programs.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Watershed Technical Workgroup to recommend a response to this request at its June 2018 meeting. At its June 2018 meeting, the Management Board agreed to form a Forest Buffers Action Team to identify high-priority actions that may be taken by the Management Board and/or Principals’ Staff Committee to accelerate progress toward the Forest Buffers Outcome.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Watershed Technical Workgroup, Management Board and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
June 14, 2018

Forest Buffers

Resolved
Request:
The elevation of forest buffer needs.
Decision:
At its June 2018 meeting, the Management Board agreed to form a Forest Buffers Action Team to identify high-priority actions that may be taken by the Management Board and/or Principals’ Staff Committee to accelerate progress toward the Forest Buffers Outcome.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Forestry Workgroup and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
June 14, 2018

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Resolved
Request:
The signing of a Citizen Science and Nontraditional Partner Memorandum of Understanding.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team (STAR) to share this MOU for discussion at its June 2018 meeting and approval at its July 2018 meeting. The Management Board approved the MOU at its August 2018 meeting, and the Principals’ Staff Committee approved the MOU at its October 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
June 14, 2018

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
An understanding of Management Board interest in determining whether existing regulations are sufficiently reducing mercury pollution.
Decision:
The Toxic Contaminants Workgroup recommended the Chesapeake Bay Program conduct a trends analysis to document changes in mercury pollution over time, synthesize available data and deliver a report on possible management implications. The Management Board did not agree with this recommendation, but did agree the workgroup should assess the relevant monitoring data Chesapeake Bay Program partners have already collected and determine how gaps in this data could inform future monitoring efforts.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
July 12, 2018

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Resolved
Request:
Further analyses to increase our understanding of observed and expected trends in water quality standards attainment.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Water Quality GIT and the Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team (STAR) to explain how these analyses may align and/or balance with other Chesapeake Bay Program priorities at its July 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
July 12, 2018

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

Resolved
Request:
To share the Chesapeake Bay Program’s fish consumption advisory poster.
Decision:
At its June 2018 meeting, the Management Board recommended this poster be placed at public health centers; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics; and fishing license purchase points. The Management Board also suggested this poster be incorporated into print and/or digital materials partners use in issuing fish consumption advisories and agreed to provide the Toxic Contaminants Workgroup with points of contact to further discuss poster placement and promotion.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
July 14, 2018

Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention

Resolved
Request:
Approval of the decision to investigate the value and feasibility of establishing a PCB Consortium.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the workgroup to provide more details about this idea and explain how its investigation would be conducted at its July 2018 meeting. The Toxic Contaminants Workgroup developed a briefing paper to describe the need for a PCB Consortium and the potential benefits, structure and sustainability of such a group. The Management Board raised concerns over the resources this consortium could require, and agreed to review the briefing paper and indicate whether it would approve the formation of an exploration team to identify potential consortium members, outcomes, costs and funding options. The Management Board approved the Toxic Contaminants Workgroup to move forward with the exploratory phase of their PCB consortium approach.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
July 26, 2018

Toxic Contaminants Research

Resolved
Request:
Accelerated partnership efforts to achieve cross-outcome benefits by reducing both toxic contaminants and nutrient and sediment pollution.
Decision:
The Management Board advised each of the outcome leads in the Clean Water cohort to include actions that will accelerate progress toward the Water Quality, Toxic Contaminants and Forest Buffer outcomes in their next two-year work plans.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3) and Toxic Contaminants Workgroup
Due Date:
September 13, 2018

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Water Quality GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of 2025 Watershed Implementation Plan Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2017

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Water Quality GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of the 2017 Watershed Implementation Plan Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Resolved
Request:
Extension of the deadline for submitting final management materials.
Decision:
The GIT 6 chair and vice chair accepted the Water Quality GIT's request for an extension on the deadline of Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring Management Strategy and Work Plan.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Due Date:
April 26, 2019

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Resolved
Request:
Additional financial resources to support the achievement of the 2025 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) outcome.
Decision:
At the June 2018 meeting of the Management Board, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia indicated their likelihood of incorporating implementation costs into their Phase III WIPs. (New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia expressed concern about doing so.) The Management Board indicated it would not be necessary for the Chesapeake Bay Program to add implementation cost data to the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) because it would not be critical to Phase III WIP development.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
May 14, 2019

Decisions from the February 8, 2018 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Next-Generation Stewards

Sustainable Schools

Resolved
Request:
To nominate a representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as coordinator of the Education Workgroup’s Sustainable Schools team.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration send a formal request for a team lead to EPA Region 3. Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator. Lorna Rosenberg assumed the role of Sustainable Schools team coordinator.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Sustainable Schools

Resolved
Request:
To nominate jurisdictional representatives to serve on the Education Workgroup’s Sustainable Schools team.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Education Workgroup to provide a list of the kinds of individuals who should serve on this team (e.g., school nurses or facilities managers) at its March 2018 meeting. Upon reviewing this list, the Management Board agreed to suggest contacts for this team.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
Approval of an environmental literacy directive to be signed by the Chesapeake Executive Council.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Education Workgroup to revise the directive for discussion at its March 2018 meeting. Upon reviewing the revised directive, the Management Board recommended it be sent to the Principals’ Staff Committee (PSC) for consideration and approval before being sent to the Chesapeake Executive Council. The PSC decided it would not advance the directive, but would encourage Executive Council members to highlight their agencies’ environmental education initiatives during the talking points delivered at their August 2018 meeting. The PSC also agreed to support a biennial, Chesapeake Bay Program-led environmental education conference.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup
Due Date:
March 8, 2018

Environmental Literacy Planning

Resolved
Request:
An inventory of state and federal funding sources that could help schools, school districts and education providers advance the implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Education Workgroup to develop a submission template to ensure a consistent format for each item in this inventory. The workgroup created a form for the Management Board to complete prior to its March 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
March 8, 2018

Student

Resolved
Request:
To appropriately and sufficiently staff state agencies to advance the implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
Decision:
The Education Workgroup identified critical staff positions in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Those Management Board members representing these jurisdictions reported on the status of these positions at their March 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
March 8, 2018

Sustainable Schools

Resolved
Request:
Approval of a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to commend its support and administration of the Green Ribbon Schools program and to express a commitment to promoting this program throughout the region.
Decision:
The Management Board determined this letter should be sent on behalf of the Principals’ Staff Committee (PSC) and directed the workgroup to present a draft at its March 2018 meeting. The Management Board reviewed the draft and suggested changes. The PSC reviewed and approved a revised letter at its July 2018 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Education Workgroup
Due Date:
March 8, 2018

Decisions from the November 16, 2017 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Stewardship

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
To support future efforts to collect citizen stewardship data.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Citizen Stewardship Team to provide more information about the costs associated with data collection at its December 2017 meeting. The Citizen Stewardship Team reported that data collection costs around $200,000 and should take place every three to five years. This decision will be ongoing based on funding availability.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
To share and promote the availability of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s citizen stewardship data.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to discuss how its partners could use this data and directed the Citizen Stewardship Team to develop a list of stakeholders that should be made aware of this information.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup and Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Stewardship

Resolved
Request:
To advance social science approaches to environmental restoration and to use the Chesapeake Bay Program’s citizen stewardship data to design public engagement, education and behavior change campaigns.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Citizen Stewardship Team to develop a plan to integrate this data into the Chesapeake Bay Program’s work. The Citizen Stewardship Team included the following action in its 2018-2019 two-year work plan: Identify opportunities to increase stakeholder understanding of the Citizen Stewardship Indicator and use of supporting data. It will engage the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) as needed.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Stewardship Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
To consider adopting a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outcome to increase the number and diversity of users and stewards of access sites.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Public Access Planning Team to explore whether a new management approach or action(s)—rather than a new outcome—would be enough to achieve this objective. The team decided it would not recommend the adoption of a new outcome at this time.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team
Due Date:
N/A

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
Approval of the decision to work toward increasing both the quantity and quality of public access sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Decision:
The Management Board approved this decision, and the Public Access Planning Team has committed to adopting management approaches and actions that will enhance public access for a diverse population and increase the capacity of and amenities at access sites.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team
Due Date:
N/A

Public Access Site Development

Resolved
Request:
Funding for the planning, development and maintenance of public access sites.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Public Access Planning Team to turn to the Budget and Finance Workgroup or to other financing strategies for support. The Public Access Planning Team included the following action in its 2018-2019 two-year work plan: Identify and work with potential funders in the private or corporate sectors who could contribute to the development of public access sites.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Public Access Planning Team
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
Modify outcome language.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to recommend this request to the Principals’ Staff Committee in 2018. “The Principals’ Staff Committee approved removing “minority” from the Diversity Outcome at January 2020 meeting. PSC agreed that this was considered a minor change and did not need to be sent to the Executive Council.”After requesting public feedback, the Principals' Staff Committee approved the outcome modification at their January 2020 meeting.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Principals’ Staff Committee
Due Date:
N/A

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
To expand the Diversity Workgroup's outreach efforts.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Diversity Workgroup to provide more details about the assistance needed at its December 2017 meeting. Several Management Board members volunteered to provide the workgroup with more information about their own outreach events, and the Diversity Workgroup agreed to follow up with these members as needed.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
December 7, 2017

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
To report on the status of a previously issued request to states to revise their grant guidance to address diversity and environmental justice.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Diversity Workgroup to clarify the kind of changes that would constitute a revision and agreed to use this information to determine whether state grant guidance is effectively addressing diversity and environmental justice. States submitted written status updates by March 31, 2018.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
March 31, 2018

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
To establish a 2025 target for the Chesapeake Bay Program’s diversity indicator.
Decision:
At the June 2018 meeting of the Management Board, the Diversity Workgroup recommended the following targets be established: (1) Increase the percentage of people of color in the Chesapeake Bay Program to 25 percent by 2025, and (2) Increase the percentage of people of color in Chesapeake Bay Program leadership positions to 15 percent by 2025. Both the Management Board and the Principles’ Staff Committee have approved this recommendation.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Diversity Workgroup
Due Date:
June 14, 2018

Diversity

Resolved
Request:
A position or committee dedicated to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within each of the federal agencies and jurisdictions that have committed to the Diversity outcome.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the workgroup to develop a list of those participating partners that have already created such a position or committee. The Diversity Workgroup developed this list and worked with various Management Board members to create a spreadsheet of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) position points of contact.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
January 1, 2020

Decisions from the August 10, 2017 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Aquatic Life

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
A strategy to support a sustainable SAV monitoring program.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Budget and Finance Workgroup to develop a strategy to finance progress toward the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) outcome. This strategy will serve as a “proof of concept” for financing progress toward the Blue Crab Abundance, Forage Fish and Oyster outcomes. The strategy was presentation at the November 14, 2019 Management Board meeting and may be viewed on the November Management Board meeting page.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Budget and Finance Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
To emphasize the regional, national and international significance of the partnership’s efforts to restore native oyster reefs.
Decision:
The Communications Workgroup agreed to develop talking points to encourage Management Board members to promote this work to their Principals’ Staff Committee representative(s).
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
To brief the Chesapeake Executive Council on the partnership’s efforts to restore native oyster reefs.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to consider this topic as a potential item for discussion at the next Executive Council meeting and asked the Sustainable Fisheries GIT and Communications Workgroup to develop a strategy to support the distribution of a forthcoming report on alternative reef substrate.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Oysters

Resolved
Request:
A strategy to finance oyster reef restoration.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Sustainable Fisheries GIT to suspend this request until the Budget and Finance Workgroup has developed a strategy to finance progress toward the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) outcome. Following the Budget and Finance Workgroup's work with the SAV outcome, the Budget and Finance Workgroup hosted a Finance and Investment Forum in March 2020. Oysters outcome staff attended and participated in planning the forum.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Budget and Finance Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Forage Fish

Resolved
Request:
A strategy to finance shallow-water forage monitoring.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Forage Action Team to suspend this request until the Budget and Finance Workgroup has developed a strategy to finance progress toward the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) outcome. Following the Budget and Finance Workgroup's work with the SAV outcome, the Budget and Finance Workgroup hosted a Finance and Investment Forum in March 2020. Forage Fish outcome staff attended the forum.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Budget and Finance Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Forage Fish

Resolved
Request:
A threshold analysis for the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal shoreline.
Decision:
This project will be supported by the GIT Funding program and is expected to be completed by January of 2019.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Forage Action Team
Due Date:
N/A

Blue Crab Management

Resolved
Request:
To consider the Blue Crab Management outcome complete.
Decision:
The Management Board asked the Sustainable Fisheries GIT to share the results of its work to achieve this outcome and turned to the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to recommend a process for recognizing an outcome as achieved. In September of 2017, the Management Board agreed it has the authority to accept outcomes as complete. In November of 2017—upon reviewing Blue Crab Management Outcome: Evaluation of Allocation-based Management Framework—the Management Board accepted the Blue Crab Management Outcome as complete.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board and Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Blue Crab Abundance

Resolved
Request:
A strategy to finance the next blue crab stock assessment.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Sustainable Fisheries GIT to suspend this request until the Budget and Finance Workgroup has developed a strategy to finance progress toward the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) outcome. Following the Budget and Finance Workgroup's work with the SAV outcome, the Budget and Finance Workgroup hosted a Finance and Investment Forum in March 2020. Blue Crab outcome staff attended the forum.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Budget and Finance Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Resolved
Request:
To promote the benefits of underwater grasses.
Decision:
The Management Board advised the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Workgroup to turn to the Communications Workgroup for this request, and the Communications Workgroup agreed to develop a strategy to change the public perception of underwater grasses in the region.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Decisions from the May 11, 2017 Quarterly Progress Meeting

Healthy Watersheds

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
To ensure local stakeholders are aware of the status of state-identified healthy waters and watersheds and the tools that are available to protect these waters and watersheds.
Decision:
The Management Board flagged this request for fulfillment by the Communications Workgroup.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
To support the monitoring and assessment of state-identified healthy waters and watersheds.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team (STAR) to determine how the monitoring of healthy waters and watersheds might be improved.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
N/A

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
To include healthy watersheds-friendly best management practices (BMPs) in Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs).
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to form an action team to fulfill this request, and published a series of fact sheets that illustrate how select BMPs could benefit 12 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outcomes, including Healthy Watersheds, Fish Habitat, Brook Trout, Forest Buffers, Stream Health, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), Tree Canopy, Wetlands, Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention, Protected Lands, Public Access and Climate Adaptation.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
To nominate two co-chairs of and press for more participation on the Stream Health Workgroup.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to evaluate action team, workgroup and GIT participation across the Chesapeake Bay Program. The Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT distributed a survey to GIT coordinators and staffers to better understand how low action team, workgroup and GIT participation is impacting progress toward the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The GIT discussed the results of this survey during its March 2018 meeting, in the context of a broader “organizational analysis.” Neely Law and Matt Myers assumed the roles of Stream Health Workgroup co-chairs.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Stream Health

Resolved
Request:
To secure $18,000 to establish a baseline for and document progress toward the Stream Health outcome.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to earmark this sum as part of its GIT Funding program.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Fish Passage

Resolved
Request:
To establish local dam removal incentive programs.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Fish Passage Workgroup to work with the Chesapeake Bay Commission to review existing incentive programs and recommend state legislation that would address this issue. This request was specific to the State of Maryland, which has been actively working on ways to improve communication between the Maryland Dam Safety and Department of Natural Resources.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Fish Passage Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
More active participation on the Brook Trout Action Team.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to evaluate action team, workgroup and GIT participation across the Chesapeake Bay Program. The Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT distributed a survey to GIT coordinators and staffers to better understand how low action team, workgroup and GIT participation is impacting progress toward the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The GIT discussed the results of this survey during its March 2018 meeting, in the context of a broader “organizational analysis.”
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
To communicate the importance of brook trout conservation to local decision-makers.
Decision:
The Management Board flagged this request for fulfillment by the Communications Workgroup.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Communications Workgroup
Due Date:
N/A

Brook Trout

Resolved
Request:
To expand efforts to monitor brook trout.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team (STAR) to determine how brook trout monitoring might be improved. The Brook Trout Action Team is working with STAR to explore whether eDNA can be used a cost-saving measure.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Responsible Parties:
Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR)
Due Date:
N/A

Protected Lands

Resolved
Request:
Incentives for best management practice (BMP) implementation on permanently protected land.
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to form an action team to encourage Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to include conservation-friendly best management practices (BMPs) in their Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), and published a series of fact sheets that illustrate how select BMPs could benefit 12 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outcomes, including Protected Lands, Fish Habitat, Brook Trout, Forest Buffers, Stream Health, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, Tree Canopy, Wetlands, Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention, Healthy Watersheds, Public Access and Climate Adaptation.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team (GIT 5)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Fish Habitat

Resolved
Request:
To include fish habitat-friendly best management practices (BMPs) in Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs).
Decision:
The Management Board agreed to form an action team to fulfill this request, and published a series of fact sheets that illustrate how select BMPs could benefit 12 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outcomes, including Fish Habitat, Brook Trout, Forest Buffers, Stream Health, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), Tree Canopy, Wetlands, Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention, Healthy Watersheds, Protected Lands, Public Access and Climate Adaptation.
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)
Responsible Parties:
Management Board
Due Date:
N/A

Healthy Watersheds

Resolved
Request:
More active participation on the Maintain Healthy Watersheds GIT.
Decision:
The Management Board directed the Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT to evaluate action team, workgroup and GIT participation across the Chesapeake Bay Program. The Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management GIT distributed a survey to GIT coordinators and staffers to better understand how low action team, workgroup and GIT participation is impacting progress toward the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The GIT discussed the results of this survey during its March 2018 meeting, in the context of a broader “organizational analysis.”
Requesting GIT (or STAR):
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)
Responsible Parties:
Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team (GIT 6)
Due Date:
N/A