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New Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement
Draft Management Strategies

Public Comment Period Open until April 30

Nine months after the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership is seeking public input on our plans to achieve the goals and outcomes of that landmark accord. These twenty-nine draft management strategies address the thirty-one outcomes of the Watershed Agreement and outline plans for the implementation, monitoring and assessment of our work to protect and restore the Bay, its rivers and streams and the lands that surround them.

The strategies provide broad, overarching direction and will be further supported by two-year work plans summarizing the specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.

Public input is essential to creating management strategies that are meaningful and effective. Please click here for more information on the Agreement and to provide feedback by April 30, 2015.

Management Strategy Categories

These categories encompass all of the strategies and align all aspects of the Watershed Agreement’s vision, goals and outcomes.

  • Abundant Life: Poor water quality and harvest pressure challenge the health of species across the region, while our increasing need for land and resources has fragmented and degraded the habitats they depend on. Supporting sustainable fish and shellfish populations and restoring habitat for native and migratory species will support a strong economy and a balanced ecosystem.
  • Clean Water: Excess nutrients, sediment and toxic contaminants degrade our waterways, harm fish and wildlife and pose risks to human health. Reducing these pollutants is critical to creating safe, healthy waters for animals and people alike.
  • Climate Change: Storms, floods and sea level rise will have big impacts across the watershed. Monitoring, assessing and adapting to these changing environmental conditions will help our living resources, habitats, public infrastructure and communities withstand the adverse effects of climate change.
  • Conserved Lands: Changes in land use and development can impair water quality, degrade habitats and alter culturally significant landscapes. Conserving lands with ecological, historical and community value is integral to maintaining a healthy ecosystem and vibrant culture.
  • Engaged Communities: The long-term success of the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort depends on the work of individuals and communities living throughout the watershed. Connecting with current environmental stewards and encouraging future local leaders helps build the network that will keep our work moving forward.

State of Maryland
Public Open House

When: Tuesday, April 7 from Noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Where: DNR Headquarters - Tawes Office Building; 580 Taylor Avenue; Annapolis, MD 21401

Why: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about strategies and related outcomes under the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and speak with knowledgeable staff to receive more information and ask questions.

Public comment period is open until April 30, 2015. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions to the Chesapeake Bay Program to ensure the most comprehensive final plan is produced for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Public Parking is available:

  • DNR Lower Parking Lot
    580 Taylor Avenue

  • Navy Stadium Parking Lot – Gate #6
    Just off Rowe Blvd on Taylor Avenue

Contact Information

Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Tawes State Office Building, E-2

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone 410-260-8732

Fax 410-260-8739