From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

Farming caged oysters brings a tasty kick to water filtration

When Ryan and Travis Croxton took over Rappahannock Oyster Company, they saw a chance to revitalize their grandfather’s business by switching from traditional harvesting to a more sustainable yield.

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From reef to cage: The future of oyster aquaculture

Birds of a feather get banded together

Eastern Shore observatory bands thousands of migrating birds

Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, part of Washington College's Center for Environmental Science, is part of a national network of bird banding stations.

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Birds of a feather get banded together

Cycling through the Chesapeake region

Strap on a helmet and pedal across the watershed

The Chesapeake region has hundreds—if not thousands—of miles of bike paths and trails to explore. From short loops to long regional trails, here’s a list of eight paths to explore by bike.

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Cycling through the Chesapeake region

By the Numbers: Microscopic plastic invading local waters

Eight billion microbeads released into U.S. waters every day

Lakes, rivers, oceans and even Arctic sea ice all have something in common: they contain microscopic pieces of plastic from our cosmetics, cleaners and synthetic clothing.

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By the Numbers: Microscopic plastic invading local waters

Exploring the vernal pools of Forest Pools Preserve

Protecting habitat for young amphibians

The Nature Conservancy's Forest Pools Preserve near Kings Gap State Park in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is home to acres of vernal pools—important habitat for young frogs and salamanders.

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Exploring the vernal pools of Forest Pools Preserve

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    Critter of the Month

    Royal Tern

    June's Critter - The royal tern is a large seabird with a thick orange bill. It can be found along Chesapeake coastal beaches during its breeding season.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • ChesapeakeStat

      ChesapeakeStat

      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

    • Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      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 final 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 2014, 6,191 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


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    Observe Wake Laws

    Following speed limits and no-wake laws helps avoid churning up sediment, harming underwater grasses and eroding nearby shorelines.

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