The Chesapeake Bay is our Nation’s largest estuary, and the continued restoration and protection of this national resource is a priority for designated Federal and State agencies, and nongovernmental stakeholders through the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). Given the ecologic and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay, President Obama issued an Executive order for increased Federal leadership to restore and protect the Bay and its watershed.
The USGS has the critical role to provide scientific information for the improved understanding and management of the Bay ecosystem. The USGS works with Federal, State, and academic science partners to provide research, assessment, monitoring, and modeling.
The scientific findings and tools produced by the USGS are used by Chesapeake Bay partners to manage fish and wildlife, improve habitats, restore water quality, and conserve lands. The USGS findings are also applied to better manage other ecosystems across the Nation that are of importance to the Department of the Interior.
The USGS Chesapeake Bay science activities are grouped under four major topics to help the CBP partners and advance USGS priorities:
Land and Climate Change—Forecast and assess impacts of climate and land-use change.
Water Quality—Assess and explain water-quality conditions and change.
Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats—Document the status and change of the health of fish, wildlife, and critical habitats.
Decision Support—Promote adaptive management and decision support to enhance ecosystem management.