The health of fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitats in the Bay and its watershed has been degraded due to multiple causes, including poor water quality, disease, invasive species, and over harvesting. The Chesapeake Bay Program has worked to improve conditions for living resources and habitat and the President’s Executive Order strategy outlines specific goals to sustain fish and wildlife and recover habitats.
The USGS is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to research and monitor the many factors that contribute to the poor health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats so that more effective management practices can be implemented in the coastal areas of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
Planned USGS activities:
- Improve scientific information on conditions of, and factors affecting, the health of fish and wildlife in the Bay watershed.
- Determine the extent and sources of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other toxic contaminants that impact selected fish and wildlife species.
- Develop monitoring to evaluate new strategies to reduce contaminants and improve the health of fish and wildlife.
- Improve information on habitat conditions and food sources for migratory waterfowl.