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Expanded USGS Science in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay location graphicThe President's Executive Order
In May 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13508 on the Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. The EO established a Federal Leadership Committee (FLC) to bring the full weight of the Federal government to address the challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay. The Department of the Interior, represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Geological Survey, was directed in the EO to expand its resources and expertise to address the challenges facing the Chesapeake.

The New Federal Strategy
In May 2010, the FLC released the new Strategy for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration and Protection.

By engaging states and stakeholders, the FLC identified four major priorities:

In order to accomplish these priorities, the strategy expands the DOI role in the Bay program and lists actions to achieve goals through four broad supporting strategies:

USGS Role in the Strategy
In its expanded role, USGS has been given the lead responsibility, collaborating with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for two critical supporting strategies: strengthen science and respond to climate change. The USGS will strengthen science, through ecosystem-based adaptive management, to provide partners with information to more effectively prioritize, implement, monitor, and evaluate actions and policies to improve the ecosystem. The USGS will enhance the understanding of the potential impacts of climate and land-use change on the Bay and its watershed. The findings will be used by NPS, FWS, and other federal and state partners involved in Chesapeake Bay restoration to improve water quality, habitat, fish and wildlife and conserving lands.

USGS in Chesapeake: Overview
Altogether, the expanded role of USGS science can be grouped around four major themes:

Executive Order 13508 directs the USGS to expand its resources and expertise to address the challenges facing the Chesapeake...learn more

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