Bay Program welcomes feedback on draft work plans

Plans include specific actions for next two years

The Chesapeake Bay Program has developed a collection of two-year plans aimed toward achieving the goals and outcomes of the landmark Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Drafts are open for input through March 7.

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Bay Program welcomes feedback on draft work plans

Bay 101: Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Region is home to more than 500,000 acres of wetlands

Experts Greg Kearns and Laura Vitali gave us a tour of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary to teach us how wetlands play an important for both wildlife and people.

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Bay 101: Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Fourteen reasons to love the Chesapeake Bay

From blue crabs to boats, ways the Bay has captured our hearts

Valentine's Day makes February a month to think about the ones you love—and there’s nothing we love more than the Chesapeake Bay. Find out our top reasons for loving the nation's largest estuary, and share your own! (Photo: David Kay/Shutterstock)

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Fourteen reasons to love the Chesapeake Bay

Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in 2014 and 2015

Snapshot of environmental health shows measured progress

While the restoration of some habitats remains slow, experts report positive observations of pollution loads, underwater grass abundance and some fish and shellfish populations.

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Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in 2014 and 2015

By the Numbers: River flow into the Bay

On average, 51 billion gallons of water flow into the Bay each day

Annual river flow has remained within its normal range for much of the last decade. But an increasingly variable climate has fostered increasingly variable river flow, potentially affecting habitats and pollution levels. (Photo: Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)

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By the Numbers: River flow into the Bay

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    Critter of the Month

    Eastern Screech-owl

    February's Critter - The Eastern screech-owl’s patterned gray or reddish-brown feathers help it camouflage with tree bark. It can be found year-round in wooded, urban or suburban areas.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • ChesapeakeStat

      ChesapeakeStat

      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

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      Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      The EPA established a "pollution diet" to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Bay.

    • Bay Executive Order

      Bay Executive Order

      Calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore the Bay.

    • Maryland BayStat

      Maryland BayStat

      A powerful statewide tool designed to assess and coordinate Bay restoration.

    Bay Program issues draft two-year work plans

    watershed agreement

    In 2014, our partners signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, establishing goals, outcomes, management strategies and work plans to guide the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands around them.


    Restoring Wetlands on Agricultural Lands

    Between 2010 and 2013, 6,098 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


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    Use Toxic-Free Cleaning Products

    Use eco-friendly cleaning products to keep toxic chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.

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