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USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

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CBP Adaptive Management Decision Framework


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USGS Works to Summarize Science and Enhance Decision Tools to Support Ecosystem Management

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The U.S. Geological Survey is providing leadership to strengthen the use of science to support adaptive management in the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership and as part of the Watershed Aggreement. The USGS, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working with partners to provide science to support adaptive management and ecosystem decisionmaking.

The CBP has developed an adaptive-management decision framework, which will require an increased reliance on science, to further advance its ecosystem restoration goals. The decision framework consists of seven primary steps:

  1. articulate goals,
  2. describe factors influencing goal attainment,
  3. assess current management efforts (and gaps),
  4. develop management strategies,
  5. develop monitoring programs,
  6. assess performance, and
  7. manage adaptively.

Planned USGS activities to support adaptive management and ecosystem decisionmaking include:

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